2019 Convention Program

May 1-4, 2019

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

The Retail Print Music Dealers Association is a professional trade organization founded over 40 years ago to address the special needs and interests of the evolving print music industry. The annual RPMDA Convention features first-class professional development, rare networking opportunities, unique social events, and the opportunity to strengthen your industry relationships and promote music education initiatives—while having a lot of fun!

Our 2019 convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, sporting a beautiful bayside location that’s close to the pacific beachfront and within easy reach of some of the best food, activities & weather that Southern California has to offer.

With 14 different educational sessions on the schedule, killer social events, and our signature off-site excursions, the RPMDA Convention is your best value for professional development in the print music industry.

This year’s offering includes:

  • State of the Industry with Joe Lamond

The president and CEO of NAMM is well-known to many as host of the popular NAMM U Breakfast of Champions. His broad vision of the music products industry, its significant trends, and its future will open our convention on the right note.

  • Marketing to the Generations with Jenn Herman

Join the world’s forefront blogger on Instagram marketing, as she outlines the most effective ways to market to the next generation of music makers – your future customers.

  • Hands-on Social Media Marketing with Jenn Herman

This two-part breakout session will guide you through launching a successful social media campaign for your business.

  • Copyright and ‘Fair Use’ with Tracy Leenman

You may have heard the terms “fair use” and copyright infringement, but let’s take it a step further and learn the evolution of copyright laws, where it came from and what “fair use” really means to us. This will help you educate consumers on how to get the music they need while upholding the law. In this session, Tracy Leenman will break down this complex topic, give you tips to help your customers, and answer all questions.

  • ESSA Update & What You Can Do for Music Advocacy moderated by Eric Ebel

Moderating a retailer panel, NAMM’s Eric Ebel will illustrate how to match your music education advocacy efforts to your local school district.

  • Purpose, Passion & Changing the World – The Newest Trend in Business with Christie Smith

“Purpose is the biggest transformation to happen to business since the assembly line.” Based on insights from the Me to We movement and WEconomy, learn how embedding purpose into the heart of your business can draw the best employees and drive profitability, while healing society’s ills.

  • Internet Sales Tax Collection, New Labor Laws, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act…What do they have to do with your music retail business? with Alan Friedman

Pretty much everything, and will most assuredly impact you in a big way starting in 2019. These new federal and state laws can be complicated and confusing, and ignorance and non-compliance could put your music store in financial peril. Fortunately, these potentially disruptive events can be prevented with a little education and proactive financial management. Join Alan Friedman for some timely and important financial training on what you need to do to withstand the new rigors of these laws.

  • Selling Print? What’s YOUR Value Proposition moderated by Don Langlie

With all the ways that music makers can acquire & access print music in the 21st century, it’s more important than ever to differentiate your store by presenting a clearly-defined value proposition to your customers. Assisted by an expert retailer panel, Don Langlie will survey successful strategies for creating a value proposition in a music retailer.

  • Print is Dead…Long Live Print! with Lori Supinie

Lessons lived, lessons learned! In November 2017, Senseney Music announced it was significantly downsizing its print music business. Join Senseney Music’s Lori Supinie as she discusses the factors involved in making a major change in your business model, including managing the message, the impact that change can have on your culture, your customers, and your financial performance, and how Senseney Music has found new ways to continue servicing their print customers.

  • Best Ideas

Refuel your business in-time for the back-to-school season with our annual roundup of success stories, shared by some of the best in the industry.

  • Print and the Modern Music Retailer with Frank Alkyer

Publisher of Music Inc. magazine for over 15 years, Frank Alkyer brings a much-valued perspective on all aspects of the music products industry and his unique voice will be the highlight of the final day of our convention.

  • Unique Publisher-Retailer Facetime

Returning in 2019 after a successful launch last year, our re-imagined exhibit Power Hours enable increased collaboration between both sides of our industry. Every retailer & publisher will be brought together for short, targeted meetings that will supercharge productivity. Minute for minute, it’s the most bang for your networking buck!

  • Visit the Museum of Making Music & NAMM Headquarters

On Thursday evening, convention attendees will enjoy an evening excursion to NAMM’s global headquarters in Carlsbad, for an exclusive dinner reception, guided tour of the facility, along with a docent-guided tour of the Museum of Making Music. This remarkable gallery showcases some of the rare instruments & music product innovations that trace many of the high points of our industry’s history. A rare treat, this will be a special evening not to be missed!

  • Cheer on the San Diego Padres

On Friday evening, take-in a San Diego Padres baseball game with your fellow convention attendees from the comfort of a private seating area at beautiful Petco Park in downtown San Diego. Courtesy of our friends at the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

  • Cruise the Harbor

On Saturday afternoon, take part in an optional boat cruise around San Diego Harbor, a perfect way to relax after an exciting and enriching convention.

  • Not to mention…

With two hosted cocktail parties, our annual closing banquet & awards, plus all that the surrounding region has to offer, you’ll have plenty of ways to spend your time and soak up the sun.

  • Share Your Ideas, Passion & Knowledge

Doing business among friends is not only more enjoyable, it’s more profitable. A truly unique environment, the RPMDA convention is a non-competitive setting where members discuss their concerns, share their successes and plan for the future of our industry. Discover why so many of our attendees return year after year.

Click here to register for the convention!