Canadian Music Trade - April-May 2022 - Page 11

2022 RPMDA Convention Cancelled On April 6th , the Retail Print Music Dealers Association ( RPMDA ) sent a letter to its members announcing the cancellation of its 2022 convention , just a couple weeks before it was scheduled to take place . It was meant to be held from April 21-23 in Austin , TX .
“ This decision was not made easily and it was made with the best interest of the association and our members in mind . Our industry is still experiencing the lingering effects of the pandemic and while there are positive signs of recovery in some areas , other regions still have a long way to go . For some of our international members , COVID is still very real and the war in Ukraine has complicated local economies beyond anything we could have ever imagined . Domestically , we are also experiencing increased costs that impact every aspect of our business ,” said RPMDA President David Jahnke , who is the senior vice president for North America at Hal Leonard .
Jahnke stated that cancelling the convention was preferable to holding an event with subpar participation and below the standards of previous RPMDA conventions .
“ Canceling the convention does not belittle the important role print music continues to play in the daily lives of musicians around the world . Print is still the GPS that guides musicians at every level of their music-making journey . For RPMDA , we just need to take a step back and wait a little longer before we can continue the mission we started 46 years ago ‘ in-person !’” Jahnke ’ s letter noted that the RPMDA is now planning a modified online event . For more information , contact the RPMDA : office @ printmusic . org , www . printmusic . org .
Yorkville Sound Now Distributing Lewitt Microphones in Canada Lewitt , the Vienna-based microphone manufacturer , has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Yorkville Sound that covers Lewitt ’ s full product range in Canada . The agreement came into effect on March 1 , 2022 .
“ At Lewitt , we believe that great sound is for everyone , whether you ’ re recording at home , on stage , or in the studio , as a beginner or professional . With Yorkville Sound , we welcome an experienced team that has a long history in manufacturing and distribution of pro audio and MI equipment . The team at Yorkville Sound shares Lewitt ’ s
YORKVILLE SOUND ’ S JEFF COWLING vision of innovation and quality , and therefore perfectly fits in Lewitt ’ s global expansion strategy ,” says Roman Perschon , CEO of Lewitt . “ We see significant growth opportunities in the North American market for Lewitt and working with Yorkville Sound as our exclusive distributor for Canada will offer us a unique positioning to achieve our ambitious growth plans .”
“ Yorkville is always on the lookout for innovative brands to enhance our distribution catalog , and when the Lewitt opportunity presented itself , we jumped at the chance to represent them . The Lewitt catalog of microphones fits perfectly with our pro audio and MI partners , as the modern and precise performance of the lineup is exceptional and affordable . We ’ re excited to see the Canadian market explore all of the flavours of the Lewitt microphone family ,” says Jeff Cowling , vice president of sales and marketing at Yorkville Sound .
For more information , contact Yorkville Sound : 905-837-8777 , canada @ yorkville . com , www . yorkville . com . CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 11