Canadian Music Trade - August/September 2017 - Page 10

NEWS Summer NAMM 2017 Offers Something for Everyone in MI A head of the all-important back-to-school and holiday sales seasons, the 2017 Summer NAMM Show welcomed a plethora of buyers, exhibitors, artists, industry veterans, and music profession- als to the Music City Center in Nashville, TN from July 13-15. “The pace of change is accelerating, and with it, never has it been more critical to long-term business success to work on your business rather than in it,” says Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “The three days of Sum- mer NAMM offered our valued members the tools needed to nurture and grow their businesses through opportunities to cultivate new relationships, reaffirm existing ones, and invest in their businesses through high-value educational opportunities.” NAMM hosted 14,284 industry members at the show, a two per cent in- crease from 2016. Of note, international attendees accounted for a growth of 14 per cent over 2016, and nearly 28 per cent growth over 2015 – a trend that NAMM says demonstrates the international opportunities available to both buyers and exhibiting members. Buyers from around the world found their way to Summer NAMM in a comparable count to 2016, but with the diversity of location and store product mix and needs as differentiating fac- tors. This year’s event welcomed a slight increase of one per cent in buying firms attending the show, an increase attributed to multi-line carriers from the U.S. and Europe, and large e-commerce and brick and mortar ware- house retailers populating the show floor with buying power. The show counted 1,650 brands presented by 505 total exhibitors, com- parable to 2016, but representing a two per cent increase over 2015. More than 60 professional development sessions, designed to enhance skills and businesses across the industry, were presented as part of NAMM U and TEC Tracks. Hot topics included innovative store design, video mar- keting secrets, and differentiating a lesson program, as well as a variety of technology-focused sessions including the art of music production, audio for VR, and live sound essentials. Special guests, including country hit-mak- ers Sheryl Crow and Sara Evans, delighted the crowd. The annual Top 100 Dealer awards applauded the excellence and innovation found in music products retailing and this year recognized A&G Central Music of Madison Heights, MI with the prestigious Dealer of the Year award. The 2018 NAMM Show will be held from Jan. 25-28 at the expanded Anaheim Convention Center in California. For more information, go to www.namm.org. Sounds Distribution Announces New Management Structure Sounds Distribution has announced its new management struc- ture following the sudden passing of company president Rohan Persaud in May 2017. Effective immediately, Michael Clarke is now president and CEO, which will see him lead the entire management team. Clarke led the financial direction of the company over the last seven years in his role as VP of finance and administration. He was the “right hand” to Persaud and brings over 30 years of financial, operational, and administrative expertise to the management team. Lynda Persaud is now VP of administration and human re- sources. She was an active sounding board during the previous 10 CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE MICHAEL CLARKE 15 years her husband led Sounds Distribution and says she is determined to continue his legacy to se