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COVID-19: How can we help? A letter from our CEO

COVID-19: How can we help? A letter from our CEO

Mar 24, 2020

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. I felt it time to connect with you, update you on the state of operations at GPG Music, and offer our help. Please take a few moments to read through these thoughts and carefully consider ways we can help you, your students and your communities to enjoy music during this bizarre situation. What educational obstacles can we help you overcome? The latter part of this message describes what we already have in place, but we are eager to hear from you about other ways we can help you inspire your students while we weather this situation.
 

 

We're all grieving
First and foremost, my heart hurts for the thousands of displaced musical ensembles across the world. "Social distancing" and "self-isolation" are inherently contrary notions to what we crave as musicians: working to create melody and harmony together, working towards a common goal, experiencing the visceral and emotional rush that compliments the uninterrupted focus and intensity resulting in our music. I'm grieving the loss of so many year-end performances that were torn from our grasp–in what seemed like a matter of days. Winter guard and indoor percussion, jazz festivals, spring concerts and contests have all been abruptly stripped away. As a society, even as we commit to doing our part to minimize risk to one another and slow the spread of the virus, it is especially painful for us "artistic types," and I empathize deeply with all of you.
 

The status of GPG Music
In the midst of this rapidly evolving situation, the team at GPG Music is still 100% operational, and we are standing by to help you with past, current, or future orders or concerns. Most of us are working remotely while our physical office remains open for limited hours each week to execute shipping and printing. We are working diligently to stay in compliance with all state and federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our team, and to do our part to help minimize community spread. I have conveyed strict instructions for team members to stay home if they are unwell, and I have committed to continue compensation if they are sick, even beyond accrued sick leave. No one on my team is in danger of losing their job or losing compensation due to this situation. We are fortunate that our business structure is not immediately or directly affected by this pandemic (such as restaurants or gyms), so I will do everything in my power to keep our doors open and allow our team to contribute positively to our fragile economy.  I look forward to the future and see all of us rebounding. We will come out stronger on the other side and resume traditional business operations when the time is right.
 

What we're doing to help
As of today, we have several measures in place aimed at helping you during this uncertain time. First, we are offering licensing extensions to all indoor programs that wish to perform their 2020 show selections again for next year's indoor season. You don't have to do anything about this now. We will handle the execution of these extensions when you wrap up your marching band seasons this fall. As of today, we're also providing the same extensions for 2020 marching band show purchases. I hope you will look to the future with optimism and plan your fall season today with confidence. However, I understand there is no guarantee that your program will be back to "full power" for the fall season. By extending your license to 2021, we are removing a portion of the risk for you. Additionally, we are including SmartMusic files with all marching band purchases. We're excited that you can pair this with the existing offer from SmartMusic which extends free licenses to programs affected by COVID-19. This means you could buy a marching show and have your kids practicing from home in no time! 
 

Finally–and we hope this is big–we are facilitating the "virtual band" experience to any concert band and string orchestra programs who wish to participateWe are partnering with the International Music Education Summit on this project. The details are here: https://musiceducationsummit.org/virtual-band. In short, you choose a piece of music from our catalog and have your students learn it from home. They record themselves playing their part individually and upload the videos to us. The sheet music and licensing are complimentary; we are charging around $100 per video solely to cover the cost of our man-hours. The culmination is a "virtual band" video that you can share back with your students, families, and community to infuse them all with the inspirational music-making they expect from your program.
 

Thank you for taking the time to read these thoughts and reconnect. Please feel free to reply directly to this message and share your thoughts. Again, how can we help you inspire your students right now? Nothing is off the table. Let's work together to infuse music back into the lives of your students and yourselves. We are here to help.

 

Sincerely,

 
 
Steve Martin, DMA
CEO & Composer
p: (800) 511-4634 x2
f: (800) 511-4638
e: steve@gpgmusic.com

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Inspire the next generation in the face of the Coronavirus!

Inspire the next generation in the face of the Coronavirus!

Mar 16, 2020

With schools closing around the country, band programs are experiencing various interruptions, but we are still finding ways to help music educators inspire the next generation! One of the ways we are doing this is by including SmartMusic files with every marching band purchase at no additional charge through May 31, 2020 (coupon code SmartMusic2020). You can pair this with SmartMusic's offer of free subscriptions for schools impacted by COVID-19 closures who do not already have a SmartMusic subscription. This SmartMusic subscription offer can be accessed at www.smartmusic.com.

We are also partnering with the International Music Education Summit and Music Educators Creating Online Learning to create a virtual band that allows your students some level of participation on their instruments. As musicians, artists, and humans, we are all intensely affected by the isolation we feel from our lack of time together in rehearsals and performances amplified by the effects of social distancing. We hope this project brings some level of group music-making back into your lives! Click here for the Registration Page

UPDATE 3.23.20: All 2020 Indoor and Marching Band licenses may be extended through the 2021 seasons. In order to protect your current license rentals for indoor and marching band, we will gladly extend your rental to the following season if your 2020 season was cut short or interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. You don't have to do anything about this now. We will handle the execution of indoor extensions when you wrap up your marching band seasons this fall. We hope you will look to the future with optimism and plan your fall season today with confidence. However, we know there is no guarantee that your program will be back to "full power" for the fall season. By extending your license to 2021, we are removing a portion of the risk for you to make your selections now. 

In the face of this pandemic, our team at GPG Music is still here to serve you. As of now, we are still operating as usual and are standing by to help you through this difficult time. We look forward to helping you and your programs recover once we are all able to return to normalcy.

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Music Ed Mentor Podcast

Music Ed Mentor Podcast

Feb 14, 2020
 
Catch our own Steve Martin on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, hosted by Elisa Jones. Listen in as they discuss copyright issues for music educators. 
 
 
Click here, or copy the link below! 
 
 
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-music-ed-mentor-podcast/id1246551618?mt=2 
 
  
Be sure to check out Steve Martin's music HERE!

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Composer's Corner - Featuring Charles Thompson

Composer's Corner - Featuring Charles Thompson

Jan 14, 2020

Here are thoughts from composer Charles Thompson on his new marching band show Castaway!

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Composer's Corner - Featuring Shaun Salem

Composer's Corner - Featuring Shaun Salem

Dec 6, 2019

Immortal Beloved is my first foray into the world of composition for Marching Band, and I have the wonderful team at GPG to thank for making this publication a reality. 

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Composer's Corner - Featuring Steve Martin

Composer's Corner - Featuring Steve Martin

Dec 6, 2019

2019 was a fun year for me as a composer and arranger for marching band. I did more arranging of other people's work than usual, and it was a fun challenge to take such a wide variety of source material and adapt it for some very good high school and college bands.

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2020 Marching Band Show Release

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Dec 3, 2019

Choose the story that will inspire your students’ love for music with the newly released 2020 Marching Band Show catalog! GPG Music has handpicked 10 of the best Marching Band shows that will make you fall in love with directing and spark your student’s inspiration.

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Bandworld Magazine's Top 100

Bandworld Magazine's Top 100

Nov 12, 2019
We're thrilled to announce that two of our concerts Love’s Journey (directed by David Bobrowitz & arranged 
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Bandworld's Top 100! 

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2019 Indoor Percussion Show Release

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Nov 7, 2019

GPG Music composers Aaron Hines, Dan Bryan, and Shealley Lee bring you three new Indoor Percussion Shows perfect for the upcoming Indoor season.

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Dec 17, 2018

We have redefined your user experience with the launch of a new website, put words to our passion and mission with our purpose statement, “We partner with music educators to inspire the next generation.”, and partnered with Drum Corps International to sponsor their 2018 Championships.

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