Category Archives: RPMDA Convention

Welcome to Minneapolis – Home of the 2018 RPMDA Convention

Mike Watson – RPMDA VP Secretary/Treasurer

Next April April 25-28, our convention returns to the beautiful Twin Cities for the first time in 36 years. Offering a wealth of cultural activities & outdoor adventure, the Mini Apple has much to recommend. And after hosting the 52nd Super Bowl next February, Minneapolis will be primed for the arrival of RPMDA!

Our convention hotel is the Radisson Blu Mall of America, built in 2013 and perfectly suited to an event of our size. Boasting an onsite restaurant specializing in regionally grown, Minnesota-inspired dishes as well as a terrific cocktail bar, we know this will quickly become a focal point for after-convention gatherings. But if that’s not enough, the property is located adjacent (& connected by walkway) to the largest shopping mall in the US, with over 500 stores, a huge selection of quick-service restaurants, fine dining, bars, coffee shops, movie theatres, not to mention an amusement park! Your RPMDA board sampled a number of the attractions last month, and we’re all confident that Radisson Blu will deliver an outstanding convention experience.

From the hotel, downtown Minneapolis is an inexpensive light-rail ride away. Here you can walk the Mississippi, take in a ballgame at Target Field, wander the newly reopened Sculpture Garden at the Walker Centre, or tour the city’s bewildering but fascinating network of downtown skyways. And down the road in Chanhassen is Paisley Park, Prince’s estate and recording studio, a popular destination for fans of the late icon.

These attractions are, of course, the icing on the cake. The real reason to come to Minneapolis is to attend an outstanding convention program and enjoy the city with your industry friends. Mark your calendars – April 25-28 . We’ll see you there!

RPMDA Convention Best Ideas – Part 1

Below is the first installment of Best Ideas entries from the Best Ideas Session at the 2017 RPMDA Convention in Atlanta. Thanks to Tim Cose, of Hal Leonard for collecting and compiling the first installment. Wine Club for Piano Music  Krista Hart, Alfred Music Subscription box series are all the rage right now – you… Continue Reading

RPMDA Announces 2017 Dorothy Award Honoree and other Announcements

RPMDA Announces 2017 Dorothy Award Honoree and other Announcements

The 2017 RPMDA 41st Annual Convention in Atlanta attracted 169 attendees, including 26 exhibitors, and 32 first-time attendees. Among the many convention attractions, members participated in a CNN/Aquarium Tour, a tour of the J.W. Pepper facilities, a Scavenger hunt,  and the Annual Awards banquet.  Educational sessions were stronger than ever for 2017. The convention mood this… Continue Reading

The Best Way to get from the Airport to the Hyatt Regency – it’s MARTA!

The Best Way to get from the Airport to the Hyatt Regency – it’s MARTA!

Subtitled:  A Drummers Guide To Convention Transportation – by David Jahnke, Hal Leonard I’m sure you’ve all heard the joke:  What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?  Answer:  HOMELESS!  In High School, it could have been said:  What do you call DJ (that would be me) without a girlfriend who has her own… Continue Reading

Track 1: Merchandising & Promotions for Your Print Music Department

by Elliott Wessel, Schmitt Music I am always up for doing a breakout session at the RPMDA convention.  Always.  What’s more fun than a PowerPoint presentation in front of your peers?  Love it! It’s interesting how these things develop over the course of the convention planning stages. “We’d like you to do a session on… Continue Reading

Educating the Tech-Savvy Student

By John Mlynczak Today’s tech-savvy student has an entire internet full of ways to learn music. From YouTube to community sharing websites and subscription services, self-learning has never been more accessible. As an added bonus, students can search for and learn music twenty-four hours a day in the comfort of their own home using up their… Continue Reading

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

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