Canadian Music Trade - April-May 2022 - Page 12

SWIM & NAMM Become ‘ Women of NAMM ’ ( WON ) Smart Women in Music ( SWIM ) has announce the group ’ s evolution to Women of NAMM ( WON ) and status as an official , all-volunteer council of NAMM . With the move , WON will continue to pursue the vision , mission , and objectives set forth by SWIM to benefit women in the music products
ROBIN WALENTA industry and expand to include female professionals in other NAMM member categories , including the pro audio and entertainment technology segments .
“ The vision of SWIM was born out of a desire to reach and serve women who wish to expand their horizons and who demonstrate ambition for a leadership role . To do this , we focused on three pillars : to connect , support , and grow the presence of women within the industry ,” says Robin Walenta , president and CEO of West Music Co ., and one of the founders of SWIM . “ Now , as an official council of NAMM , the foundational vision set forth will continue to grow and benefit many , many more .”
The SWIM Team was founded in 2018 by industry leaders Walenta , Heid Music President DeDe Heid , and Crystal Morris , CEO of Gator Cases , to support women “ in the music products industry to develop their leadership aspirations and to broaden and deepen their leadership proficiencies .” Through the support of donors to the SWIM Fund , the group has hosted several virtual professional development roundtables , networking gatherings at The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM , as well as two leadership summits at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad , CA . The fund has also provided opportunities for travel scholarships to attend and job shadow top female professionals at The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM .
As part of the realignment , the donordriven SWIM Fund will transition to the WON Fund and remain under the direction of The NAMM Foundation . To honour the contributions of its female leaders ’ stewardship of SWIM / WON , Heid Music , Korg , and Yamaha have pledged donations to the new WON Fund . Donations can be made at www . nammfoundation . org / donate . For more information , go to www . namm . org / women-of-namm .
Solid State Logic Names SC Media Canada as Exclusive Canadian Distributor Solid State Logic ( SSL ) has appointed SC Media as its exclusive distributor for Canada .
SC Media is now distributing products across SSL ’ s entire product portfolio , including the System T broadcast audio production platform ; SSL Live range and audio creation products ; the BiG SiX , UF8 and UC1 controller ; SSL2 / 2 +
( L-R ) SC MEDIA CANADA ’ S NOAH DAOUST , JEAN DAOUST & RAHIM NATHU audio interfaces ; the Fusion analog processor ; and more . SSL says it valued SC Media ’ s extensive experience in both the professional audio and consumer markets , and its special expertise in audio consoles . The company has been providing sales and support functions to the professional audio markets since 1983 .
“ We are delighted to appoint SC Media as Solid State Logic ’ s exclusive distributor for the Canadian region . The company is uniquely positioned to support both SSL ’ s professional audio and ACP sectors ,” says SSL Managing Director Nigel Beaumont . “ With a deep legacy of expertise in audio consoles and a shared commitment to providing the best possible service to our end users , we look forward to extending our footprint in the Canadian region .”
While the distribution agreement covers SSL ’ s entire product line , SC Media ’ s initial focus is on growing SSL ’ s ACP reach in the region through developing dealer networks . SC Media ’ s ability to provide in-region support of large-format consoles will also enhance service capabilities for broadcast and live sound customers located in Canada , SSL says in its announcement .
For more information , contact SC Media Canada : 888-595-3966 , information @ scmediacanada . com , www . scmediacanada . com .
Derek Black Joins AVL Media Group as Accounts Manager AVL Media Group — the Quebec-based North American distributor of Lab Gruppen , Klark Teknik , Turbosound , Midas , Tannoy , and other brands — has appointed Derek Black to the position of accounts manager .
“ Having Derek join AVL is such a positive move for us and we could not be happier ,” says Andrew Hope , managing director of AVL . “ He is known to his peers as a consummate professional and just as importantly , a good listener . Derek Black has been a professional colleague of mine for years and he always makes sure that the customer ’ s needs come first .”
Black spent 20 years with Tannoy North
America , which later became TC Group . Under the TC umbrella , he was responsible for all aspects of territory sales for the Lab Gruppen , Tannoy , and TC Electronics brands into the commercial sound and sound reinforcement markets . He also had subsequent stints with QSC and HHB Canada .
“ I am happy to be reunited with my colleagues and to be starting this new chapter with AVL Media Group ,” Black says . “ Their level of involvement in design and install projects , both from a product perspective as well overall customer support , is remarkable . I see huge potential with all of the brands currently in the AVL portfolio .”
For more information , contact AVL Media Group : 514-400-0110 , salesinfo @ avlmediagroup . com , www . avlmediagroup . com .