HONORED WITH THE NAMM MILESTONE AWARD FOR 125 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE MUSIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND TO THEIR COMMUNITY
Kay Guitar Company in Newport Beach recognized for exemplary business practices that stand the test of time
Newport Beach, CA (January 23, 2015) – The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honors Kay Guitar Company in Newport Beach, CA with the Milestone Award for 125 years of service in the music products industry. The award recognizes retailers and manufacturers who have succeeded over the years through best practices and strong community standing to reach a landmark anniversary.
Since 1890, Kay’s have been played by many of the world’s most recognized performers including Elvis Presley, Jimmy Reed, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, T-Bone Burnett, Eddie Van Halen, Barney Kessel and some additional million plus players over the past 125 years.
“Kay is proud to be part of the music industry, producing instruments for entry-level beginners as well as many renowned professionals” said Tony Blair of Kay Guitar Company in Newport Beach, CA.
“Hardly a day goes by, when I don’t hear “my 1st guitar was a Kay, or I had a Kay, or my dad played a Kay”.
The first 120 years in Kay’s History was a challenge but nothing compared to the last five years in the music industry. The need to provide more music education in our schools, the closing and demise of many small family owned music stores, shrinking sales and profits coupled with the higher cost of running our businesses, all in an economy that has been stagnant and declining. For those who have managed to survive, maintain and grow I hope your heirs and legacy will be here to be acknowledged for your 125th anniversary in the music industry.”
“NAMM is proud to recognize Kay Guitar Company for their 125 years of service to their community, staff and to the music and sound products industry,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “Their hard work and willingness to adapt, as well as their commitment to making this world a more musical place have helped them stand the test of time and will be the driver of their future success”.
Milestone Awards are presented to longtime industry leaders during the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. The NAMM Show is the world’s largest gathering for the music instrument and product industry. The annual event brings together 95,000 industry professionals to preview the latest gear, attend educational sessions and network with peers from 100 different countries.
Kay Guitar still produces entry level and professional instruments. In 2010, Kay Vintage Reissue, LLC., started reissuing the retro 1950’s and 60’s models played by artists and sought after by collectors, complete with the “Kay Kel-von-a-tor’ chevron on the headstock. Five models have been reissued and a minimum of 12 models are scheduled for release over the next few years.
For more info go to: www.kayvintagereissue.com