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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 year was upbeat as members and guest speakers addressed the challenges of today’s marketplace, sharing ideas about new technologies, print product, social media marketing, staff training, merchandising strategies and more. Gear Fischer, President of Peaksware (owner of Alfred Music), kicked off the convention with a session on the state of the industry and how dealers can do a better job of connecting with their customers. Rounding out the week, the session, RPMDA (TED) Talks About Print Music, moderated by Alan Friedman, featured four speakers who reflected on the state of the industry and shared their ideas for its future.

DOROTHY AWARD: A highlight of every convention is the announcement of the Dorothy at the closing dinner, given for a lifetime of service and achievement in the music industry. It is RPMDA’s highest honor. The 2017 honoree is Ron Manus of Alfred Music. Ron is a second-generation recipient of the Dorothy. He began his long and distinguished career under the mentorship of his father, Morty, before taking over the business. In 2016, Alfred Music was acquired by Peaksware. Ron is now acting as Alfred’s Chief Business Development Officer.


SERVICE AWARD:  Eric Ebel of NAMM, received the 2017 Sandy Feldstein Service Award for his ongoing and generous support on behalf of NAMM.


PUBLISHER REPRESENTATIVE AWARD: was presented on behalf of RPMDA’s dealer members to
Petra Woodfull-Harris Barenreiter Music,
for her consistent and exemplary service to her customers.

To see these and more images from the 2017 RPMDA Convention, click here!


Left to Right: Vice President Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Watson, Remenyi Music; Past President: Christie Smith, Alfred Music; President, Don Langlie, Popplers Music; Dealer Member at Large: Amy Larkin, West Music Co.; Commercial Member at Large: Ron Manus, Alfred Music and Vice President of Programs: David Jahnke, Hal Leonard Music.

Save the Date!

2018 RPMDA Convention in Minneapolis, MN, April 25-28, 2018

Radisson Mall of America


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