Canadian Music Trade - December/ January 2018 - Page 10

Musikmesse & Prolight + Sound 2018 to Emphasize Professional Encounters The organizers of the 2018 Prolight + Sound (April 10-13) and Musikmesse (April 11-14) trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany say they are strengthening the shows’ ties in order to put greater focus on profes- sional encounters. In 2017, the two events attracted around 100,000 visitors from 144 countries to the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. New in 2018 is the concentration of the audio, DJ, and recording product segment in Hall 4.1 and other improvements in the layout of the fairs, including measures to reduce noise levels and a focus on trade visitors on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. The highlights of the Drums, Percussion, Guitars + Amps segment are the Drum Camp and Guitar Camp where top international drummers and guitarists give exclusive performances, as well as workshops and masterclasses. The Keys + Piano segment moves to Hall 11.0 while acoustic instruments remain in Hall 8.0 and, together with string and plucked instruments, percussion, and harmonica instruments, cover a broad spectrum. Woodwind and brass instruments are to be found in an acoustically separate part of Hall 8.0. Like in 2017, Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound will be held concurrently on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and all tickets are valid for both fairs on these days. For more information, go to www.musikmesse.com. Erikson Music Now Distributing Schecter Guitars in Canada Erikson Music, a division of JAM Industries, is now the official Canadian distributor for Schecter Guitars. “We are very excited to announce our new distribution partnership with Erikson Music for Canada,” says Ryan Martin, director of international sales for Schecter Guitars.” With their many years of expertise in the MI business, it is our hope that together we will take Schecter to the next level in Canada.” “We are excited to add Schecter to our catalog,” adds Steve Knowles, VP of E