The “Dorothy” Award was named for Dorothy Hutchinson, former executive secretary/treasurer and charter member of RPMDA. During her too-brief life, she epitomized the finest that our industry has to offer, and had in abundance the attributes that print music dealers and publishers all aspire to. Dorothy served her community and music education, she was an active participant in promoting good dealer/publisher relations, and was an ethical businessperson who generously shared information with her fellow dealers. Her examples of hard work and high standards make the “Dorothy” Award RPMDA’s highest honor.
2013 Dorothy Award Honoree
Bruce Bush began his life in music at the age of seven with piano lessons. At the age of 12, he switched to French horn and participated in band and orchestra programs in Rochester, New York through high school. He attended the Eastman School of Music, and received a BA in music from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Performance from Ithaca College.
After graduation, Bruce freelanced on the horn, was a substitute music teacher and began working at Onondaga Music as a file clerk. This was the beginning of his lifelong relationship in the print music industry. He worked in print music retail for twenty-five years (including four years on the RPMDA board), and in October of 2000 began his new career in sales and marketing in educational music with Hal Leonard Corporation.
RPMDA/Sandy Feldstein Service Award
The RPMDA Service Award was established to recognize the unselfish efforts of an individual or individuals who actively devote time and energy to the organization voluntarily ‐‐ and who in no way expect payment or recognition for their efforts. In 2008 the award was renamed in memory of Sandy Feldstein, one of the finest advocates for music, music‐making, and music education that the print music industry has ever known. The award is now known as the Sandy Feldstein Service Award.
The criteria for this award include the following:
- The recipient must be a non‐board member
- They must be a member who continually serves the RPMDA membership
- They must have served the organization for at least three years
- The recipient(s) is chosen by the board
2013 RPMDA/Sandy Feldstein Service Award Honoree
Becky Lightfoot, Arts Music Shop
Becky Lightfoot’s six-month internship toward earning a B.S. in Music Business from Indiana State University in 1985 resulted in her running the print music department for Art’s Music Shop’s three Southeast stores for 22+ years. She learned a lot along the way, helping that segment of the store grow into a leading print music supplier for the region. She also holds a B.A. in Journalism from the same institution.
Upon obtaining her M.B.A. at the end of 2007 from Auburn University Montgomery, Becky worked five years for Pender’s Music Co., in Denton, TX as Marketing Director. After a brief stint in Milwaukee with Brass Bell Music Store, she returned “home” both to Alabama and Art’s Music Shop in June of 2013. Becky is currently the Education and Online Marketing Director for the company, where her nearly 30 years of working in sheet music, school services, marketing, promotions, and the online experience are put to good use each and every day.
RPMDA/Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award
The Don Eubanks Award was established to honor an Associate Member Sales Representative for excellence and outstanding service to RPMDA Dealer members, as well as to commemorate founding member & Dorothy Award winner Don Eubanks, one of the most loyal and staunchest supporters of our organization. Throughout his music industry tenure, Don cultivated lasting friendships with many Publishers’ Sales Representatives, knowing that their relationship with each other would be one of the most important assets he could have, both personally and in business. Candidates are nominated by the membership and the honoree is selected by a committee of three Retail Members.
The Award Committee considers the following criteria in selecting the award winner:
- Provides excellent customer service on a consistent basis
- Demonstrates knowledge of his/her customers’ accounts, and understands and appreciates the philosophy and mission of the stores he/she serves
- Offers marketing resources and creative retailing solutions to his/her customers
- Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the catalog he/she represents
- Demonstrates unique, outstanding and/or highly successful methods of salesmanship
- Demonstrates a strong commitment to RPMDA, his/her employer and retail customers
2013 RPMDA/Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award
Maribeth Barrons received her BA in English and Communication-Theatre-Teaching at University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Still active as a volunteer high school tutor and forensics adjudicator, Maribeth’s passion for education spans the gamut from fine arts to core academia. Her career in the print music industry began in 1985 at Jenson Music as a sales representative under the direction of Art Jenson. Mb (as she is known to most of her associates) later transferred to Hal Leonard Corporation in 1989 where she has enjoyed the privilege of working with all types of music retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Maribeth is currently the Sr. District Sales Manager/Canada and works closely with other sales and marketing members to provide the best print solutions and ideas for music stores throughout North America.