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 …

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Alfred – 95th Anniversary

by Christie Smith Alfred Music is celebrating a particularly amazing milestone, as this year commemorates the company’s 95th year of helping the world experience the joy of making music. Ours is an industry with a very long history, but 95 is still a number you do not hear that often. Since 1922, Alfred Music has been …

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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 …

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About Henle Guestbooks

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, Henle “To the generous savior of the most beautiful music of all times!“ (Rubinstein). About the Henle guestbooks. Perhaps I am a bit old-fashioned: I like guestbooks. I especially like to browse through the big fat guestbook of my parents or of my own family (where photographs are pasted, too), and it …

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Thank You, RPMDA

by Ruby Beeston, Best In Music Dear RPMDA Friends, In the fall of 1989, I was a piano teacher and an opportunity came to me. I was offered a small back storage space (6X9) for free in Keith Jorgensen Music, located in a mall to provide sheet music service and to increase traffic for the …

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A Valentine to RPMDA

by Madeleine Crouch When I moved to the Dallas area in 1979 armed with a degree in music and some piano teaching experience under my belt, it was January and not the best time to pick up a lot of students. I’m not sure why I thought of it, but I looked up music stores …

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Dorothy Award Winners

by Dan Del Fiorentino Since 1999, NAMM has been proudly involved with documenting the history of RPMDA and its members.  As of right now the NAMM Oral History collection contains over 80 past and current members of RPMDA within the collection.  AND thanks to your suggestions that number is growing.  Within this list of our …

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Increasing RPMDA membership

by Tristann Rieck, Brass Bell Musi I would first like to wish a happy new year to all of our wonderful members! It is my hope that 2016 will be the Year of RPMDA! On that topic, I’d like to share some exciting news, as well as some personal remarks on how we can really …

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Down Memory Lane – Our Sheet Music Heritage

By Tony Walas / Harris-Teller, Inc. / author Visions of Music – Sheet Music in the Twentieth Century It’s interesting to remember that our organization was originally called the RSMDA (Retail Sheet Music Dealers Association). There’s that important phrase – sheet music. It’s something we sell and are familiar with, yet do people (ourselves included) …

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Bethel Music Celebrates 30 Years!

Bethel Music Center is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. On August 16th, 2014, from 10:00am until 5:00pm, BMC will be holding a party at the store (273 Greenwood Ave in Bethel, CT), which will be open to the public. The event will include live music all day, huge in-store sales, cool new products, door …

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