2009 Record Store Day Announced

This just in,
fellow indie rec shop geeks…


By Blurt Staff




NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) has confirmed it will sponsor Record Store Day, April 18, 2009, for
which planning has already begun. The sponsorship of the leading trade
association for music retailers, wholesalers, distributors, record labels,
multimedia suppliers, suppliers of related products and services, and
individual professionals and educators in the music business will help the
organizers prepare for the targeted event in April ’09 as well as continue to
keep promoting Record Store Day and the unique culture of indie record stores
all year long, in the media and on www.recordstoreday.com.

“NARM is so pleased to be sponsoring Record Store Day 2009,” said
President Jim Donio. “The extraordinarily successful debut of Record Store
Day in 2008 served to perfectly underscore how vibrant and vital record stores
are to communities and economies around the world. NARM hopes that its support
will enable organizers to make next year’s event an even bigger and better
celebration of independent music retailers’ passion and commitment to the music
that enriches and inspires us all.”

Event organizers include the Music Monitor Network, the Coalition of
Independent Music Stores (CIMS), Alliance of Independent Music Stores (AIMS)
and Newbury.

Music Monitor prez, Michael Kurtz says, “The Music Monitor Network was
happy to see NARM get involved with indie-retail’s recent Noise In The Basement
Creative Conference in Baltimore and is excited to have NARM’s sponsorship of
Record Store Day. We look forward to now turning our attention to Record Store
Day and working with Jim Donio and his crew on Record Store Day 2009. It will
be hard to top last year’s event but we are going to put our heart and soul
into it.”

Don Van Cleave of Coalition of Independent Music Stores adds, “The
Coalition of Independent Music Stores is very stoked to include NARM in this
year’s planning for Record Store Day. While the event is targeted at
independent music stores, the good vibes from last year’s celebration were felt
at all of the music retailers that NARM represents. NARM will help us to spread
the message that stores that sell music are a very important part of the
culture of music. We are looking forward to their help.”

April 2008 marked the first Record Store Day event to great success with over
300 stores participating, not only stateside, but overseas as well. Paul
McCartney, Norah Jones, Henry Rollins, Shelby Lynne, Tech N9ne, Raheem DeVaughn
and scores of other artists and music industry luminaries all offered votes of
confidence to Record Store Day which spiked revenue for indie retailers and
inspired coverage in such media outlets as National Public Radio, the New York
Times, Rolling Stone, the BBC, and even American Idol. In addition, retailers
hosted in-store appearances and performances by both top name and local
artists, including Metallica, (who started it all with the announcement of the
Record Store Day vinyl re-issue of some of their classic albums, along with an
in-store signing session), Panic At The Disco, Dresden Dolls, Regina Spektor,
Steve Earle, and Billy Bragg.

NARM advances the promotion, marketing, distribution, and sale of music by
providing its members with a forum for diverse meeting and networking
opportunities, information, and education to support their businesses, as well
as advocating for their common interests. NARM’s retail members operate thousands
of physical, digital and mobile storefronts that account for about 85% of the
music sold in the U.S.
market. Established in 1958, NARM is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.





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