Examples of life imitating art abound. Rarer still are those occasions when a piece of art inspires real-world actions that literally change lives. But that’s what occurred in 1996, when Michael Kamen undertook a press tour with actor Richard Dreyfuss and director Stephen Herek to promote the film Kamen had just scored, Mr. Holland’s Opus, about a high-school music teacher whose efforts help nurture a generation of aspiring young musicians. On a stop at his alma mater, New York’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Kamen noticed a cage full of broken musical instruments the school didn’t have the funds to repair. He decided, on the spot, to start the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, dedicated to providing students of the nation’s neediest schools with instruments.
VUE Audiotechnik has announced the immediate appointment of Jeff Taylor to manage the company’s North American sales organization. Taylor will report directly to VUE co-founder and executive vice president Jim Sides.
Exclusive interview with Phil Andrews, organizing director of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), New York, who offers his organization’s take on the unionization efforts in NYC that MMR first discussed with Guitar Center’s executive VP of stores, Gene Joly, a few weeks back…
Carl Fischer Music, Yamaha, D’Addario and VH1 Save the Music have launched the Music For Your Schools Contest, designed to benefit school bands and orchestras in need.
Cindy Sample is joining NAMM as director of Trade Show Operations this spring. Sample comes to NAMM from her previous position as Operations Director for Nielsen Expositions, where for nearly two decades she worked on more than 100 trade events with Outdoor Retailer, ASD, Interbike, and many others. In her new position, Sample will oversee [...]
Ricky Gervais reprised his character, David Brent for a clip that went live this week….