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Top 10 stories of the week: PMT talks 'clicks vs bricks', Rosewood restrictions for violin peg makers, Top women in music

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: PMT talks 'clicks vs bricks', Rosewood restrictions for violin peg makers, Top women in music

The biggest story on MI Pro this week is PMT’s Simon Gilson’s latest opinion piece discussing why physical retail stores are still vital in the MI industry.

Following the successful grand opening of PMT’s 20th store, the retailer’s co-founder outlines why the industry needs to realise the huge value that great stores can offer.

Read all the biggest stories below:

1. OPINION: PMT's Simon Gilson on 'clicks vs. bricks'
Despite a general consensus in the industry that online is taking over offline sales, the likes of PMT are still expanding their high street offerings. Simon Gilson discusses why he believes a physical store is still a fantastic way to keep customers engaged…
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2. What CITES rosewood restrictions could mean for UK violin peg manufacturers
The International Association of Violin and Bow Makers (EILA)’s past president, Peter Beare, has allegedly highlighted his concerns about the new rosewood restrictions put in place by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

3. 11 female musicians championing and representing women in music right now
While the music and MI industries have rapidly progressed over the years to become more diverse and equal, the shocking statistics revealed in PRS Foundation's recent report show that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

4. The best new jobs in the music industry: Gear4music, PMT, Adam Hall Group and more
Looking for a new job in the music industry? Check out the latest vacancies on the MI Pro jobs board.

5. Musikmesse Festival 2017 promises vast cross-genre line-up
Following last year’s première, the second edition of Musikmesse Festival will offer Musikmesse 2017 visitors and exhibitors a multifarious programme of events from 5th to 8th April.

6. REVIEW: Elixir Optiweb electric guitar strings
When innovative US company W.L.Gore & Associates announced to the world that they would be launching Elixir Instrument Strings and leading a new revolution in instrument string manufacturing back in 1997, few believed then that the idea of a coated guitar string would take hold in a marketplace where brand loyalty remained so key to the success of the product.

7. EMD Music to distribute British Drum Company internationally
The British Drum Company has announced an international distribution deal with EMD Music.

8. Adam Hall's Chris Fearn joins RCF UK
RCF UK has announced the appointment of Chris Fearn as its new regional sales manager.

9. Nearly 80% of women working in the music industry have experienced sexism
A new report from PRS Foundation has highlighted the shocking amount of sexism that is still prevalent in today’s music industry.

10. INTERVIEW: Kristeen Young on why art is always political, 20 year-old keyboards and making her new album
MI Pro editor Laura Barnes caught up with singer songwriter Kristeen Young to talk about working with some of the biggest names in music, Donald Trump, and making her new album Live! At The Witch’s Tit…

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