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What's New in the Music Industry

Hal Leonard celebrates ASCAP’s Centennial
Hal Leonard is celebrating ASCAP’s Centennial by publishing two new books: A Friend in the Music Business: The ASCAP Story by Bruce Pollock (Hal Leonard Books, $29.99) and The ASCAP Centennial Song Book featuring 55 songs by songwriting legends (Hal Leonard Books, $19.99). ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) was founded to collect royalties for public performance of its members’ copyrighted music. Currently there are 480,000 members. Each year the organization processes 250 billion performances, resulting in $4.2 billion in distribution to members in the last five years. www.halleonard.com  (3/14)

Leduc Music Publishers Sold to Music Sales Group
The Music Sales Group, one of the world’s largest independent music publishers, is pleased to announce that it has bought the prestigious French music publishing house Éditions Alphonse Leduc. In acquiring the 172-year-old Parisian publishing house Music Sales adds many substantial and wide-ranging works to its existing publishing portfolio. Founded in 1842 Éditions Alphonse Leduc became a family business that started by specialising in piano and instrumental tutors plus a large catalog of opera works. Music Sales CEO Robert Wise says, “It is a source of great satisfaction for us to acquire such a prestigious and long-established publishing house as Éditions Alphonse Leduc. Its catalogue very well complements those we already own and, as the MD of an independent family company myself, I am particularly pleased to add what has been such a well-respected French family concern to our range of publishing houses.” [email protected]  

New USA Sales Manager

KHS America, USA distributor of Altus and Azumi flutes announces the appointment of Chiarra Conn as their USA Sales Manager. Conn is a graduate of Indiana University, South Bend with a degree in flute performance. Previously she worked at Conn-Selmer, Inc. for eight years in various positions from customer service to Director of Marketing for flutes. www.altusflutes.com (1/14)

New Products, Publications and other Resources

Galway Launches First Flute
In December 2013, Sir James Galway launched First Flute, an online interactive learning method for beginning flutists and flutists of all ages and degree of advancement. First Flute was conceived and developed by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway to share their passion for music education and their belief that each flutist should have access to excellent teaching. Galway said, “Many gifted players are missing some basic fundamental elements that could improve their playing for a lifetime.” The fifteen online lessons, called Foundations, include tips on proper posture and fingerings including downloadable sheet music, an extensive glossary of musical terms, biographical information on composers, and exclusive concert footage. (Introductory price $99, www.FirstFlute.com) (2/14)

Honors and Appointments

Flute Society of Kentucky
The Flute Society of Kentucky hosted the 2014 Festival at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green on January 17 and 18. The guest artist was Jill Felber accompanied by Dianne Frazer. The program chair was Western Kentucky University flute professor Heidi Alvarez. Five competitions were held. The winners are: Junior Soloist Competition: 1st Juniper Parker, 2nd Jessica Rose, 3rd Mikey Tafolla. High School Soloist Competition: 1st Sarah Tan, 2nd Eva Skanse, 3rd Angela Tseng.  Collegiate Artist Competition: 1st Meera Gudipati, 2nd Allison Hamilton, 3rd Zach Warren. Young Artist Competition: 1st Abi Coffee, 2nd Korinne Smith, 3rd Hea Rea Kim. Newly Published Music Competition: Erin Helgeson Torres. Next year’s Flute Festival and Competitions will be held at the University of Louisville on January 16 and 17. www.fskentucky.org  (2/14)

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