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The 2017 convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 26-April 29, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown.   Our convention program is organized in a three track program format, which features

Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta

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.

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.

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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Impact Your Business with Social Media – Convention Session Highlight

by Helen Todd, Co-Founder and CEO of Sociality Squared In 2017, the prevalence and importance of social media cannot be denied or ignored. No longer is it the scrappy internet network only for teenagers, twenty-somethings, and daring brands. It has become a sophisticated marketing tool that all businesses must use to stay relevant, reach new… Continue Reading

The Intricacies, Quirks & Practicalities of Copyrights – Convention Session Highlight

by Ted Piechocinski I’m extremely excited to be coming back to an RPMDA convention.  During my time in publishing (now about 16 years ago), when I headed the print publishing operations of Cherry Lane Music, I had the pleasure of attending several conventions, including Albuquerque, St. Louis, and Vancouver, BC, among others, and always cherished those… Continue Reading

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Impact Your Business with Social Media – Convention Session Highlight

by Helen Todd, Co-Founder and CEO of Sociality Squared

In 2017, the prevalence and importance of social media cannot be denied or ignored. No longer is it the scrappy internet network only for teenagers, twenty-somethings, and daring brands. It has become a sophisticated marketing tool that all businesses must use to stay relevant, reach new audiences, and engage and communicate with their customers.

Facebook averaged 1.23 billion daily active users a day in December 2016. That is a lot of people! While you may not need to reach billions, there lies an untapped audience that could be interested in your business. Your current customers are on social media. That means you need to be too.

This upcoming April 26 – April 29 the Retail Print Music Dealers Association Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. I am honored that I will be speaking on April 28 on how social media marketing can impact your print music business.

In 2010 in New York City, I co-founded Sociality Squared, a full service social media agency – that’s before Instagram ever existed! The mission of the company has always been to connect people with the brands and companies they care about in a meaningful way. Companies are vying for attention from their customers on a screen always by their customers’ sides and in an intimate space that their customers spend a lot of time on and share with their friends and family.

The good news is you already have a community around your print music business. Join the session and you’ll learn how to translate and grow that community on social media. Don’t worry, it’ll be as painless as possible! Social media marketing can build on and amplify your current assets including your local community, word-of-mouth, and in-store experiences. You’ll learn how to repurpose what you already have to make a doable and impactful splash on social media.

Attendees will leave with actionable items to make the most positive impact on their print music business. Not only that, you’ll also receive a checklist that walks through the steps necessary to get the most out of social media. Bring your questions and don’t be shy!

By the end of the session social media will go from a daunting task to marketing music to your ears!

-Helen

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The Intricacies, Quirks & Practicalities of Copyrights – Convention Session Highlight

by Ted Piechocinski I’m extremely excited to be coming back to an RPMDA convention.  During my time in publishing (now about 16 years ago), when I headed the print publishing operations of Cherry Lane Music, I had the pleasure of attending several conventions, including Albuquerque, St. Louis, and Vancouver, BC, among others, and always cherished those… Continue Reading

RPMDA Convention Friday Night Entertainment (Optional)

Skyline Park and 9Mile Station By Tracy Leenman, Musical Innovations Located only a short 2-mile taxi (or Uber) ride from our hotel, on top of Ponce City Market, Skyline Park is an entertainment space in Atlanta, GA that truly is like no other. Skyline Park brings old-timey fun to the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. Perched… Continue Reading

About Henle Guestbooks

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Henle “To the generous savior of the most beautiful music of all times!“ (Rubinstein). About the Henle guestbooks. Perhaps I am a bit old-fashioned: I like guestbooks. I especially like to browse through the big fat guestbook of my parents or of my own family (where photographs are pasted, too), and it… Continue Reading

Selling as a Customer: The Birth of an Unexpected Business Plan

By Mauricio Ramirez, Partituras MX When I first started working with the Hal catalog, back in 2013, as the manager of the recently founded section for printed music at Klavier, a piano store in Guadalajara, Mexico, I asked myself the obvious question for a first order: “What would sell the most and the fastest?” In… Continue Reading

Update from the Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

By Reiff Lorenz, Lorenz Corporation The CMPA is dedicated to protecting copyrights and educating publishers on events and trends in the industry. This year brought many changes in the political climate for copyrights, so CMPA has been working hard to retain copyright protection for composers, publishers, and the music industry. Specifically, CMPA is investigating the… Continue Reading

Guadalajara FIL Part 1: Selling an Experience

By Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation If you only watched exchange rates and US domestic news stories for the past 12 months, Mexico might seem a lot further away –figurativelyand geographically– than it really is. Mexico has the largest GDP in Latin America when weighted by purchasing power parity. In terms of exports, Mexico has… Continue Reading

Making Your MEA Work for You

By Tracy Leenman, Musical Innovations, LLC In recent years, some retailers – and publishers – have stopped exhibiting at state MEA’s for various reasons. But we believe that our state MEAs are among the most potentially significant, positive, and yes, exciting, events of the year for our company. What better opportunity will you have all… Continue Reading