Music Industry Leaders to Speak at Crane-Sponsored Roundtable


The Crane Institute for Music Business has again been invited to sponsor an interactive roundtable forum by NAMM, the international music products association, during the 2011 NAMM Show, taking place from Jan. 13 to 16 in Anaheim, Calif.

NAMM is the not-for-profit association comprised of approximately 9,000 member companies that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. The 2011 NAMM Show will bring together 85,000 registered attendees from 100 countries with 1,400 exhibitors.

The Crane-sponsored roundtable will feature international music industry leaders and will focus on exploring career opportunities in the music education and music products sectors.

This is the second year that the Crane Institute for Music Business has been invited to present the roundtable. Entitled “Enhancing the Music Education and Music Business Partnership,” the open-forum discussion brings together the tradition of innovation from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the NAMM Show’s global network of music industry professionals.

Both organizations share goals to inspire ongoing collaboration and innovation in the music industry. The roundtable discussion is dedicated to SUNY Potsdam alumnus and long-time music industry icon Sandy Feldstein.

The event, which is open to all 2011 NAMM Show badge-holders, will be hosted from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 in the NAMM Foundation Learning Lounge located inside the Anaheim Hilton’s California Ballrooms A and B.

Crane School of Music Dean Michael Sitton will give introductory remarks at the roundtable. Crane Institute for Music Business Executive Director Carol “Kickie” Britt will serve as moderator.

The roundtable panelists include:
• Andy Zildjian, president of Sabian, Ltd.
• Larry E. Thomas, chief executive officer of Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
• Jay Wanamaker ’77, senior vice president of percussion for KMC Music
• Susan Lipp, president of Full Compass Systems
• Joe Lamond (Hon. ’09), president and CEO of NAMM

In addition, 13 students from the Crane School of Music will hobnob with industry leaders by interning with several companies throughout the duration of the NAMM Show. The following companies will work with Crane students: Buffet Crampon, D’Addario & Co., Korg USA, Latin Percussion, Roland U.S., Sabian Ltd., Samsung Technologies and SKB Cases Corp.

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The primary mission of the Crane Institute for Music Business is to enhance communication and facilitate a mutually beneficial partnership Crane and the music products industry, bridging the gap between music education and music business. Since its creation in 1999, the institute has provided numerous opportunities for music industry executives to share their expertise with music education and business students alike through roundtables and the Executive in Residence Series. 

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.