Welcome to the Retail Print Music Dealers Association The 2018 convention will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from April 25-April 28, at the beautiful Radisson Mall of America Hotel.   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… Continue Reading

2017 Best Ideas Winner – International Sheet Music Day

Greetings from the Land of Sky Blue Waters!  We’re excited for the 2018 RPMDA convention, being held here in Minneapolis next Spring! First of all, thanks again to everyone who voted for Sheet Music Day at this past year’s Best Ideas RPMDA Convention session.  I really think this idea has a lot of potential as… Continue Reading

Print Music Pipeline: Optimization through Simulation – Part I

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation I recently had the chance to play with some high-power simulation software called Oracle Crystal Ball. It allows the user to easily iterate independent variables subject to probability distributions in an Excel framework with the goal of optimizing targeted decision variables. That sounds fancy, but at its core, Crystal… 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

Have You Heard the News? 

by David Jahnke, Senior Vice President of National Sales, Hal Leonard It started with a press release: MILWAUKEE – Hal Leonard, the world’s largest publisher of printed music, announced that they have acquired Sheet Music Plus, the leading e-commerce website for music publications. Sheet Music Plus will continue to operate as an independent business led… Continue Reading

The Difficulties of Regulating Print Music Access on the Internet

by Danielle Ely The National Music Publishers’ Association (“NMPA”) works to protect, promote, and advance the interests of the 500 major and independent music publishers it represents. NMPA runs an antipiracy program focused on ensuring that websites, mobile apps, and other platforms using music content are properly licensed. A major component of the antipiracy program… 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