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Alfred Music Publishing Celebrates 90 Years of Enduring Success in Educational Print Music Industry

Alfred Music Publishing

Alfred Music Publishing celebrates 90 years of helping the world experience the joy of making music.

Alfred Music Publishing commemorates 90 years of helping the world experience the joy of making music. With nearly 100,000 active titles—totaling millions of educational music resources, methods, supplements, and sheet music collections stocked in music stores around the globe—a world-class author and artist roster, and more than 400 educational events and clinics conducted each year, Alfred continues to serve as the world’s largest educational music publisher.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2012

Alfred Music Publishing commemorates 90 years of helping the world experience the joy of making music. With nearly 100,000 active titles—totaling millions of educational music resources, methods, supplements, and sheet music collections stocked in music stores around the globe—a world-class author and artist roster, and more than 400 educational events and clinics conducted each year, Alfred continues to serve as the world’s largest educational music publisher.

Alfred Music Publishing’s history began in New York City, founded in 1922 by composer and musician Alfred Piantadosi. The company was then purchased in 1928 by Sam Manus, a violinist who provided mood music for silent films. Manus’ son, Morty, began his professional career in the late ’40s at Alfred—the place where he also met the bookkeeper’s daughter and wife to be, Iris. As Morty took the helm of the company in the ’50s, his focus was on educational music products, resulting in the production of successful instructional series for both recorder and guitar—including the title most noted then, and still a best-seller today—Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method. Morty continued to fuel Alfred’s dominance in educational music publishing by expanding into the school market in the ‘60s and ‘70s, introducing Alfred’s Basic Piano Library in 1982, and releasing the Accent on Achievement band method series in 1987.

Fast-forward 50 years from the first day that Morty took lead of the company, Alfred Music Publishing now extends its reach across the globe with seven offices around the world: Los Angeles headquarters; Miami, U.K., Germany, Singapore, and Australia offices; and the state-of-the-art distribution center in New York. Morty and Iris Manus are still a vital and active part of Alfred Music Publishing. “Music for me has been an extraordinary experience,” comments Morty. “It’s a business and it’s a joy, all at the same time. I met my wife there – it’s been a fascinating career so far!” Iris shares, “Music is our life, and we wish it on everyone because it’s a wonderful way to go through life—from listening to, and making, great music.”

To this day, Alfred is still a family-owned and operated business. In 1997 Steven and Ron Manus became co-owners, leading the charge into the next millennium. Alfred continued to expand under their leadership, with the purchase of Warner Bros. Publications in 2005, acquiring the rights to Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and the EMI Catalogue Partnership. Through this deal, Alfred gained the print rights of legendary publishers such as M. Witmark & Sons, Remick Music Corp., and T.B. Harms, Inc. Among the EMI holdings are the Robbins and Leo Feist catalogs, plus film music from United Artists, MGM, and 20th Century Fox. Alfred also acquired educational power brands as a result of the deal, including Suzuki, Belwin, and many others. During the mid-to-late 2000s, Alfred also acquired the print rights to A-list artists like Led Zeppelin, Journey, Rush, and Bruce Springsteen, in addition to ABKCO Music, Inc., publisher of The Rolling Stones. Alfred also established distribution deals with BBE Sound, TASCAM, Mighty Bright, Ultimate Support, and many other music gear and equipment manufacturers. Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, the original girl guitar company launched in 2000 by President and Founder Tish Ciravolo, entered into co-ownership with Alfred in 2003. Daisy Rock Girl Guitars’ continues to help girls play guitar and enjoy music—a mission very much in sync with Alfred’s.

Alongside this growth, Alfred’s forward-thinking has led to the release the first-ever customizable instrumental methods Sound Innovations for Concert Band and String Orchestra, as well as new media educational apps such as Music for Little Mozarts and iChord Guitar for Androidtm and Apple® devices.

In 2009 Ron Manus became CEO and sole owner of Alfred. A valued employee since 1988, Ron is propelling the company to new heights and is involved in the company’s daily activities. In his first year as CEO, Ron launched the Alfred Cares initiative, renewing Alfred’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact. In 2011, Ron oversaw the company’s partnership with the world renowned video game publisher Nintendo®, resulting in the release of Super Mario Bros.TM and The Legend of ZeldaTM sheet music series, for the first time in the USA.

From the modest Tin Pan Alley pop song catalog and music for silent films to many of today’s flagship and award-wining educational music publications and e-publications ported for tomorrow’s digital devices, Alfred Music Publishing takes great pride in its legacy and looks onward toward constant innovation in educational music products with 20/20 vision. Ron Manus shares:

“Alfred has been helping people experience the joy of making music for 90 years. For a company filled with avid music lovers who serve musicians of all types with the finest educational materials, that is quite a noble and proud legacy to be a part of. As we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we smile on our past as we look to the future. Alfred continues to create the great educational products people have grown to expect from us, and we also remain on the cutting edge of innovation in music education with Sound Innovations, the world’s first customizable method, eBooks, interactive learning tools, and imaginative multimedia. We wouldn’t have achieved so much in these 90 years without the spirit and hard work from Alfred’s staff, authors, editors, composers, and partners. We are incredibly privileged to work with such talent to help people learn, teach, and play music.”

To view Alfred Music Publishing’s 90th Anniversary commemorative video, visit http://youtu.be/9GGwkikXj6E.

To learn more about Alfred Music Publishing and its catalog of educational and popular artist print music, visit alfred.com.

ABOUT ALFRED MUSIC PUBLISHING
Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

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TuneIn Radio App to Offer Drivers 50,000+ Global Stations Through Voice-Controlled Ford SYNC AppLink

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

  • TuneIn Radio app will offer drivers more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations featuring music, sports and news from around the world
  • The addition of the TuneIn Radio app to the growing list of available apps for SYNC® reflects Ford’s commitment to keep pace with customer desires and consumer electronics trends

The in-car listening options for Ford (NYSE: F) vehicles equipped with SYNC® AppLink™ will soon grow by more than 50,000 when TuneIn Radio joins the list of smartphone apps that are compatible with the system.

Ford and Palo Alto, Calif.-based TuneIn announced at the 2012 International CES that the TuneIn Radio app will be available for use with vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink, and will provide drivers with another listening option that can be controlled hands-free through voice commands.

AppLink builds on the award-winning SYNC connectivity system by enabling drivers to access and control apps on their smartphones by simply using their voice, allowing their hands to stay on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

“Smartphone apps have ingratiated themselves into the lives of consumers to such a degree that we have come to depend on them for much of our news and entertainment,” said Doug VanDagens, global director of Ford Connected Services. “With the addition of TuneIn, SYNC is reflecting that trend while dramatically increasing the global listening choices for Ford drivers.”

TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news by offering more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations along with more than 1 million on-demand programs streaming from all corners of the world.

Using voice commands only, drivers of SYNC-equipped vehicles can control TuneIn and perform such tasks as search and listen to radio stations worldwide by artist or genre. For example, by saying, “Explore genre,” users can select hundreds of genres of music or talk stations like classic rock or German talk. Users also can search geographically by saying “Explore location.” TuneIn will then rank the most popular stations from the chosen location and start playing. More than 250 locations from around the world can be accessed via voice control.

“TuneIn captivates people by offering unprecedented access to listen to anything they want from local talk radio to live sports to music,” said John Donham, CEO of TuneIn. “With TuneIn, Ford drivers can now more easily enjoy the world’s audio from their favorite hometown stations to broadcasts half a world away — making listening even more global and personal.”

TuneIn is available in 10 languages and on more than 150 devices across all major smartphones and tablets, connected home stereos, smart TVs, car dashboards and online at www.tunein.com. The SYNC-enabled version of TuneIn Radio soon will be available through the iTunes App Store.

Ford SYNC AppLink is now available in 10 vehicles for the 2012 model year.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

About TuneIn

TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to live local and global music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are. TuneIn offers more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than a million on-demand shows streaming from every continent. The company’s mobile apps are ranked in the top five in the App Store’s Music category across 82 countries and territories. The company raised venture funding from Sequoia Capital in January 2011 and is hard at work in an old plumbing supply building in Palo Alto, Calif.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Web Site: http://www.ford.com

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Snapdragon GameCommand to Launch on Android Market at CES 2012

- UFC Fighter Alistair “The Reem” Overreem to be Onsite at Qualcomm’s Booth Showcasing One of the Latest Games Optimized for Snapdragon Devices

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated,  is expected to launch the Snapdragon GameCommand™ application to the Android Market on January 10, 2012, the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At its heart, SnapdragonGameCommand will give mobile users a way to quickly discover, organize and access the latest Snapdragon optimized, featured and exclusive games. It will also provide feeds from top gaming news sites to help consumers stay up to date with the latest gaming news.

Snapdragon GameCommand will enable users to easily access and play many of the over 100  Snapdragon™ GamePack featured games on a wide range of mobile phones and tablets. The Snapdragon GamePack includes several titles exclusively available on Snapdragon devices running on Android for a limited time, including “Fight Game Heroes” from Khaeon Gamestudio. “Fight Game Heroes” features head-to-head battles with real MMA fighters, including multiple combat champion and UFC fighter Alistair “The Reem” Overeem. Visitors to CES will have the chance to meet the 6′-5″, 265-pound Overeem in-person and watch as he takes on Qualcomm executives in live rounds of “Fight Game Heroes” at the Qualcomm Booth in the LVCC South Hall, Upper Level, Booth #30313.

Other exclusive games that are accessible to consumers with Snapdragon GameCommand include titles such as “ Bunny Maze 3D” from Eyelead Software and “Desert Winds™” from Southend Interactive. In “ Bunny Maze 3D”, players help the adventurous Bunny get back his stolen carrots, in a cheerful journey through a magical world. In the “Desert Winds” mini-game players take on the persona of princess Amira as she battles gruesome creatures of the desert to save her people.

“With mobile gaming proliferating at a blistering pace, apps like Snapdragon GameCommand make it easy for consumers to discover and access the most advanced Snapdragon optimized games,” says Dave Durnil, director of advanced gaming at Qualcomm. “With exclusive and highly-anticipated games like ‘Fight Game Heroes’ and ‘The Reem’ Snapdragon mobile gaming is really starting to heat up.”

Snapdragon GameCommand is expected to be available in North America at launch and will be available in other markets at a later date.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About QuIC
Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, focused on enabling and optimizing open source software for use with Qualcomm technology. The company is focused on technical innovations to mobile open source software that leverage the unique capabilities of today’s mobile devices, with a particular eye to optimizing platforms and the applications that run on them via tight hardware integration.

QUALCOMM and SNAPDRAGON are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and may be registered in other countries. SNAPDRAGON, GAMECOMMAND and DESERT WINDS are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Other brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Qualcomm Incorporated

Web Site: http://www.qualcomm.com

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