2018 Convention Program

*Sessions and times subject to change.

Tuesday, April 24

6–10pm Pre-Convention Board Meeting –  Calhoun Boardroom

Wednesday, April 25

7:45 am–4:30 pm Hal Leonard Distribution Center Tour

Meet in lobby for 8:00 AM departure

12–6pm Registration – SkyBridge

5:30–6pm Welcome Orientation for First-Time Attendees – SkyBridge

6:00–7:30pm Opening Night Cocktail Party – SkyBridge

Sponsored by Hal Leonard Corporation

 

Thursday, April 26

7:15–7:50am BREAKFAST – Lakes Ballroom A-B

7:50–8:00am Welcome – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Don Langlie (Poppler’s Music)

8:00–8:50am GENERAL SESSION: Meet the Sponsors – Lakes Ballroom A-B

David Jahnke (Hal Leonard Corporation)

From breakfasts to beverage breaks, guest speakers to cocktail parties – our RPMDA Sponsors help make this convention the best it can be!  Our sponsors give a little bit extra to make this convention stand out from the rest so we’re giving them an opportunity to stand out as well.  At this session, you’ll hear directly from the companies that give this organization the extra goodies that help make this convention a great experience for everyone.

9:00–9:50am GENERAL SESSION: What’s Right with Education?  Music! – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Scott Lang (Scott Lang Leadership)

Join Scott as he explores the world of America’s much-maligned education system and reveals it for the success that it is!  Studies show that when compared equally to its international counterparts, America’s schools rank second to none, and have music programs to thank for it.  Scott will share stories, data and anecdotes to prove why we have so much to be proud of in our nation’s public schools. For those in the know, hope abounds and optimism is prevalent in our public schools, and their music programs lead the charge in preparing our nation’s youth for the 21st-century.

10:00–11:00am POWER HOUR (Round 1) – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Where people and ideas truly meet! Power Hour is a unique opportunity to meet with our exhibitors for short but powerful presentations. From hot products to best-sellers, fresh concepts to new connections – Power Hour is exhibit time re-energized!

11:10am–12pmBREAKOUTS

Breakout sessions have been grouped into 3 tracks, targeting those who fall into the following categories:

Track 1 – For the Print Music Specialist with 3 years of experience or less

Track 2 – For Print Music Managers or Buyers

Track 3 – For Owners & General Managers

Track 1: Working With Educators:  Choral Directors – Nokomis Room

Bruce Becker (Executive Director, ACDA of Minnesota)

This is the fourth installment of this exclusive RPMDA series!  Understanding our customer’s needs…REAL needs, is a critical part of a successful print department.  Join Bruce as he shares his vast experience as a highly decorated choral music educator and gives insight into best serving this important customer demographic.

Track 2: 10 Things You Can do NOW to Improve Your Social Media – Lakes Ballroom C

Cristina D’Alessandro (Cosmo Music) & Alex Ordonez (Alfred Music)

Every business has a story.  How do you become the social storyteller of your brand?  Learn ten things you can do starting today to help improve your social media presence while creating value for your customers.

Track 3: Be Part of the Music: Growing Our Way Back into America’s Public Schools – Lakes Ballroom D

Scott Lang (Scott Lang Leadership)

What do knitting and music have in common?  What does trickle-up economics have to do with method books?  How can we change the course of our industry and the youth of our country?  Scott Lang presents an unusual look at how to subvert what we can’t control and maximize what we can as we try to get more young people to Be Part of the Music.

12:00–12:50pmLUNCH/BUSINESS MEETING –  Lakes Ballroom A-B

1:00–2:20pm GENERAL SESSION: Copyrights – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Corey Field (Corey Field Law Group)

As long as there are RPMDA conventions, you can bet that we’re going to have sessions focusing on Copyrights!  Copyright law affects all of our businesses and it remains one of the most confusing and misunderstood areas of our industry.  Corey Field understands Copyrights. In fact, it’s a cornerstone of his business: Corey Field Law Group, P.C. – Entertainment/Media/Copyright/Trademark.  Corey also understands that most of our convention attendees are not lawyers and attorneys. Join us as Corey brings his incredible knowledge of Copyrights and his fun, unassuming demeanor to a session that everyone will learn from.

2:30–3:30pm POWER HOUR (Round 2) – Lakes Ballroom A-B

3:30–4:20pm SPARK! – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Did you hear something in Power Hour that you want to follow-up on?  Is there a Commercial member you want to have a conversation with?  Spark is YOUR time to talk with the exhibitor of your choice. No timelines, just great conversations!

4:20pm Annual RPMDA Group Photo – Lakes Ballroom A-B

4:40–5:30pm BREAKOUTS

Track 1:  Two Steps Back, One SPRINT Forward! – Nokomis Room

Elliott Wessel (Schmitt Music)

If topics like “Inventory Turn”, “GMROI” and “Inventory and Space Reduction” have become the main themes of your print department, it’s time to take two steps back to start your one sprint forward.  Join print music guru Elliott Wessel as he reveals tips and tricks to help you navigate merchandising, assortment planning, and promotions. After this session you’ll understand that what might feel like a big step backwards is just a warm-up for the sprint forward!

Track 2: How To Improve the Customer Experience Right Away – Lakes Ballroom C

Tracy Leenman – Musical Innovations

Want to “WOW” your customers and exceed their expectations every time?  Tracy Leenman, NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the Year and winner of the Best Customer Service Award will share some ideas that will help your customers become so loyal they won’t go anywhere else!

Track 3: Welcome to Marketplace Selling: – Lakes Ballroom D

Anna & Paul Winter (A To G Music)

Marketplace selling (also known as third-party selling) opened a new world of retail opportunity that wasn’t available 20 years ago. Amazon’s introduction of “Marketplace” in 2002 changed the rules and the retail landscape for everyone. But was this change for the better or the worse? Join our own Marketplace experts, Anna and Paul Winter as they share their stories and experiences on third-party selling.

6:00–9:00PM EVENING EVENT – Groth Music & Schmitt Music Store Tours

Two of our local RPMDA retailers have graciously opened their doors to us this evening! Sign-up with your convention registration (cost $25).

5:45pm – Assemble in hotel lobby
6:00pm – Buses depart hotel
6:15pm – Buses arrive at Groth Music 7:15pm – Buses depart Groth Music
7:45pm – Buses arrive at Schmitt Music 8:45pm – Buses depart Schmitt Music 9:15pm – Buses arrive at hotel

Friday, April 27

7:15–8:00am BREAKFAST – Lakes Ballroom A-B

8:00–8:50am GENERAL SESSION: The 21st Century Print Department – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Bob Kohl (Long & McQuade) & Alan Friedman (FKCO)

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “the more things change the more they stay the same…” but does that really apply to the 21st Century Print Music Department?  Industry veteran Bob Kohl joins Alan Friedman for a look at print music retailing in the past, present and future.

9:00–10:00am POWER HOUR ROUND 3 – Lakes Ballroom A-B

10:10–11:00am GENERAL SESSION: The Generation and the Retail Experience– Lakes Ballroom A-B

(David Jahnke, Hal Leonard Corporation)

By 2025, three out of every four workers globally will be millennials.  They are often called the most misunderstood generation. However, the future of your company depends on understanding how this generation thinks and what motivates them.  In this session we’ll share insights on what makes the millennials unique and what you can do to get the most from this very creative and talented section of the workforce.

11:10–12:00pmBREAKOUTS

Track 1: Collaborating and the Cloud – Nokomis Room

Tim Cose (Hal Leonard Corporation)

Collaboration is one of the biggest buzz words of decade and yet even Aristotle knew that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Are you engaging your employees and giving them the opportunity to make positive changes on your business? Join Tim as he takes us on a journey through the world of online collaboration and explores the wonderful tools available to easily initiate and create an atmosphere of collaboration.  After all, “pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” – Aristotle

Track 2:  The Importance of NAMM and MTNA – Lakes Ballroom C

Eric Ebel (NAMM) & Brian Shepard (MTNA)

We know you know about NAMM and MTNA but do you really know what NAMM and MTNA are all about?  Join Eric Ebel from NAMM and Brian Shepard from MTNA as they give us a historical overview of these organizations and introduce you to all of the incredible services and programs available.

Track 3:  Myth Busters:  The Future of Print is Digital Downloads –  Lakes Ballroom D

Ron Manus (Alfred Music) & David Jahnke (Hal Leonard Corporation)

The future of print is digital downloads. Is it true or is it a myth? Join RPMDA’s very own Myth Busting Duo as they use all the resources available to somewhat scientifically test the validity of the statement.

12:00–12:50pmLUNCH – Lakes Ballroom A-B

1:00–1:50pm GENERAL SESSION: Best Ideas – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Kevin Cranley (Willis Music Company)

The perennial favorite session of RPMDA conventions, where members share their best ideas in only two minutes for fun and for the opportunity to take home the title of Best Idea 2018. What you learn here could change the way you do business and double your investment in coming to the convention.

2:00–3:00pm POWER HOUR ROUND 4 – Lakes Ballroom A-B

3:00–3:50pm SPARK! – Lakes Ballroom A-B

4:00–4:50pm BREAKOUTS (Repeated)

Track 1:  Two Steps Back, One SPRINT Forward! – Nokomis Room

Elliott Wessel (Schmitt Music)

If topics like “Inventory Turn”, “GMROI” and “Inventory and Space Reduction” have become the main themes of your print department, it’s time to take two steps back to start your one sprint forward.  Join print music guru Elliott Wessel as he reveals tips and tricks to help you navigate merchandising, assortment planning, and promotions. After this session you’ll understand that what might feel like a big step backwards is just a running start to sprint forward!

Track 2:  10 Things You Can do NOW to Improve Your Social Media – Lakes Ballroom C

Cristina D’Alessandro (Cosmo Music) & Alex Ordonez (Alfred Music)

Every business has a story. How do you become the social storyteller of your brand? Learn ten things you can do starting today to help improve your social media presence while creating value for your customers.

Track 3:   Myth Busters:  The Future of Print is Digital Downloads –  Lakes Ballroom D

Ron Manus (Alfred Music) & David Jahnke (Hal Leonard Corporation)

The future of print is digital downloads. Is it true or is it a myth? Join RPMDA’s very own Myth Busting Duo as they use all the resources available to them to somewhat scientifically test the validity of the statement.

5pm EVENING EVENT – FlyOver America Special Event

Sponsored by Alfred Music

See America like never before! With FlyOver America you’ll feel like you’re truly flying with wind, scents, mist and other amazing effects. Soar over spectacular landscapes and experience the USA from a birds-eye view – all in 10 minutes! There’s no faster, or more amazing, way to see what America has to offer. This fun event is open to ALL RPMDA attendees with flights departing at 5:00, 5:15 and 5:30.  FlyOver America is located in the Mall of America directly across from the Radisson Blu on the ground floor of the Mall. Take flight with your RPMDA friends before heading off to dinner.

Saturday, April 28

8:00–8:30am BREAKFAST / Presentation of RPMDA Board of Directors for 2018/2019 –  Lakes Ballroom A-B

8:30–9:20am GENERAL SESSION: RPMDA History – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Dan Del Fiorentino (NAMM Historian)

The NAMM Oral History program is unique and unlike any other collection in the world. The heart of the collection is the depth of its narrative that covers innovative creations, the evolution of musical instruments, the ever changing world of music retail, as well as our collective quest to improve music education around the globe.  We are honored to have Dan Del Fiorentino present us with a print music history lesson captured in audio and visual.

9:30–10:30am POWER HOUR ROUND 5 – Lakes Ballroom A-B

10:30–11:00am SPARK! – Lakes Ballroom A-B

11:10–12:30pmGENERAL SESSION:  RPMDA Talks about Print Music – Lakes Ballroom A-B

Ron Manus (Alfred Music)

 

  • Iris Manus
  • Lorie Line
  • Brian Stubbs
  • Dan Del Fiorentino

 

Back by popular demand, RPMDA’s version of “TED Talks” featuring industry leaders sharing their stories and visions.

12:45pm Post-Convention Board Meeting – Calhoun Ballroom

1:00pm OPTIONAL SATURDAY TOUR:  Paisley Park

Paisley Park is Prince’s EXTRAORDINARY private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  Tours offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

6–7pm Closing Cocktail Party – Minnetonka Ballroom

Sponsored by Alfred Music

7–11pm Closing Banquet and Awards – Minnetonka Ballroom

The theme for the banquet this year is:Lakeside Cabin in The Woods – a great place to unwind and relax with your RPMDA friends as you have a cocktail, a meal, some music, and reflect on the 10,000 Ideas you’re taking home from RPMDA. Lakeside Cabin attire (Jean’s & Flannel Shirts, Fuzzy Bunny Slippers, Lumberjack suspenders is encouraged, no chainsaws please)

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