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Our association represents retailers, publishers, and distributors who share a passion for the print music industry.  We invite you to become a member of RPMDA to stay informed about current trends and industry challenges, and to enjoy the many benefits of membership.

Our website and facebook pages are a great way to stay connected throughout the year, and our annual convention provides face-to-face opportunities for in-depth discussions and problem-solving. During the convention, members reap the benefits of continuing professional development in a wide number of areas – purchasing, inventory control, finance, management, community outreach, lessons programs, and much more.  Although many of our sessions are print music focused, their lessons are easily applied to all areas of our businesses.

The 2016 convention will celebrate our 40th anniversary from April 27-April 30 in St. Louis, Missouri. The convention hotel will be the Chase Park Plaza.  Our convention program is organized in a three track program format, which features sessions targeted for the novice print music employees, print buyers or managers, and owners or general managers.  With no repeated presentations, you will return home with a wealth of information and plenty of new ideas to implement in your business immediately.

IMG_0495RPMDA is a group like no other when it comes to idea sharing and the nurturing of lifelong business and personal relationships.  Our members consider this organization to be a “second family”, a constant support for nearly all of their business needs, and one of the best investments they could ever make.  Join us and you’ll understand why!


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RPMDA 2017 – Because Print Music Matters

by David Jahnke, Hal Leonard Corporation

One of the first orders of business at the Summer Board meeting is to discuss the theme of the upcoming convention.   Atlanta is rich with history and is home to the world headquarters for Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Home Depot.  It also has the distinction of being the only southern U.S. city to host a Summer Olympics (1996).  We had numerous ideas on how to include these iconic events and companies into our theme but as our discussions grew, so did the focus of the convention.  We decided to move away from kitschy phrases like “Print Music – It’s the Real Thing” (a play on the popular Coke slogan of the ‘90s) and “Print Music on My Mind” (a clever play on words for the Carmichael / Gorrell song made popular by Ray Charles).  It was clear that the focus for our convention was going to be simple, direct and to the point:  RPMDA 2017:  Because Print Matters!

The phrase – Because Print Matters – encapsulates everything that our organization and industry believes and stands for.  We provide the road maps that help every musician, from beginners to professionals, get from note A to G in their music journey.   Our goal for the 2017 RPMDA convention is to provide similar road maps that will help every business get from point A (admitting they have a print department) to P (profiting from a successful print department).  Look for specific program updates in upcoming newsletters and we hope you’ll join us in Atlanta for RPMDA 2017…Because Print Matters!

Surviving Back to School

by Evan Jones, Bandland LLC For us, the busy season begins in mid-July and has really ramped up as I am writing this article.  If you are correctly working the educational market, you will hopefully be busy well into the next calendar year. For many school music retailers, August and September are basically controlled chaos. … Continue Reading

Our First Visit to RPMDA

by Jacqueline Ashley In April my husband and I, owner of Wentzville Music, LLC, had the opportunity to attend RPMDA’s convention in St. Louis.  Being that this was our first time, we were both apprehensive and unsure what to expect, but were excited.  Just getting a few days away from the store, even in the… Continue Reading

MPA Internet Update and a Paradigm Change

by Lauren Keiser, Kieser-Southern Music Co. UPDATE: The MPA/USA, in coordination with the NMPA, has eliminated 27,643 illegal URL postings and shut down 186 pirate sites since the ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers) started their Anti-Theft program three years ago.  The MPA/UK is handling Europe and MPAJ (Japan) is handling the Pacific Rim in… Continue Reading