Progressive Music in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, recognized as one of the top music products and instrument stores in America
McKeesport, PA (May 29, 2013) — For the second year in a row, Progressive Music in McKeesport, Pennsylvania received a designation as one of the Top 100 music instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The award will be presented to the designated Top 100 dealers at NAMM’s annual summer music event, Summer NAMM, held in Nashville, TN. Progressive Music is also in the running to receive NAMM’s Dealer of the Year award at the July 12, 2013 celebration ceremony.
“We continue to be committed to school music programs,” said Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development at Progressive Music. “Since opening in 1947, we have supplied the products and services that school music programs and music consumers need. We’ve also taken an active role to make sure that every child continues to have access to music education. We are honored to be recognized for our hard work by NAMM.”
Music product retailers were judged using a numeric rating by a panel of impartial expert judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM. Progressive Music received this recognition because they:
- Understand that great customer service is the key to success of a retail store
- Are a proven community advocate for music education and music-making
- Provide a retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
- Design a floor plan, merchandising and marketing that encourages repeat sales
- Prepare for future success with sound planning, marketing and training initiatives
- Use the web and social media in engaging, effective ways
In addition to Dealer of the Year, Progressive Music is also up for Best Exterior Presentation and/or Merchandising Display; Best Marketing and Sales Promotion; Best Online Presentation; SupportMusic Advocacy; Music Makes a Difference; Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year;” and Best Special Event.
“The NAMM retailers that made the Top 100 this year are creating the future of the music business,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “These retailers enthusiastically bring the tools of music making into their communities in innovative ways. They grow with their customers. They enrich their neighborhoods. They are the ambassadors who encourage people of all ages to get out there and just play.”
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Progressive Music
Progressive Music is a business with a mission to enrich the quality of life serving as a cultural and community center for all who make music for a living or personal enjoyment, regardless of age of ability. Progressive Music is the link between the public and suppliers of quality musical merchandise. The Progressive Music staff are professionals whose expertise assist, guide, and motivate people in the selection of music industry products as well present music education to the public through lessons, seminars and advocacy. Progressive Music is committed to their products with an experienced and knowledgeable service center. To learn more, visit www.progressivemusiccompany.com or visit Progressive Music on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.