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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    Coast Strings Outreach Partnerships Music Teachers Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy The Museum Galleries The Museum of Making Music tells a story The permanent exhibits at the Museum of Making Music place instruments center stage to explore a story of music making from the 1890s to today Using examples of Popular Music as entry points the museum explores how and why instruments develop who makes them how we gain access to them and what they sound like in the hands of masters You can explore the themes of the museum here on our website Come to museum to learn more see the actual instruments and play some for yourself Popular Music The genres and tunes that defined each era from 1900 to today Musical Instrument Innovations Key advances in musical instruments Manufacturing The ever evolving world of instrument manufacturing Distribution How instruments accessories and products made their way to stores and consumers Marketing The many ways in which businesses communicate with the public Music Retail A look at the music stores shops and individuals who brought us our

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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    Teachers Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy America s Music Industry Comes of Age The huge growth in U S population due to immigration drove musical instrument sales to new heights between 1890 and 1909 Higher wages led to a growing middle class who pursued music and other cultural refinements to enhance their social status A woman who played the piano was considered more marriageable By 1899 pianos and reed organs graced drawing rooms in over a million homes across America They were even found in the occasional miner s tent in Colorado The music products industry followed settlers and the railroad West Chicago retailers and distributors who had relied on products made by East Coast manufacturers began building their own factories to supply instruments to dealers in frontier towns such as Milwaukee and Denver Chicago became the western hub of the music industry Consider this The arrival of new immigrants pushed the U S population from 62 979 766 in 1890 to 92 228 496 in 1910 15 000 firms from Boston to Denver were engaged in the

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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    Strings Outreach Partnerships Music Teachers Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy A Long Boom Before the Bust Higher wages a shorter work week and easy credit terms resulted in increased profits for the music industry from 1910 to 1929 It was a period of great optimism Music was enormously popular Everyone wanted a player piano or phonograph for home entertainment Musical instrument sales soared as the dance craze and silent films created a need for thousands of theater organs bands and orchestras Patriotic songs kept morale high during World War I and the energy of jazz helped drive the Roaring Twenties But as the 1920s ended talkies had put musicians out of work in the movie theaters and the electric radio had dealt a deadly blow to the player piano industry The final shock came in 1929 when the stock market crashed pushing many in the music industry into ruin Consider this By 1920 most homes were electrified Phonographs were so popular that almost fifty manufacturers worked to supply the demand Player piano sales fell from more than 200

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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy The We ll Try Anything Years Trials tribulation and ultimate triumph shaped the two decades that brought America through the Great Depression and World War II The Great Depression devastated every segment of society For 40 million people poverty was a way of life as unemployment reached 25 percent Half a million businesses failed including hundreds in the music products industry Those that survived adopted a we ll try anything approach By the mid thirties President Roosevelt s National Recovery Act was turning the nation s economy around Then the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 The production of most consumer goods including musical instruments stopped as the country retooled for war production By the time World War II ended in 1945 the pent up demand for goods sent sales soaring The decade ended on a high note Consider this Salaries for those who kept their jobs during the Great Depression were cut by as much as 75 Playing bridge collecting stamps and listening to the radio were favorite Depression era

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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy The Baby Boom Sparks Dynamic Growth An exploding school age population and a thriving economy fueled spectacular growth for the music products industry in the 1950s and 1960s Highly successful school music and instrument rental programs ushered in the sales boom Added to that products developed in the 1930s and 1940s became big sellers in the 1950s and 1960s Then a phenomenon called rock and roll cranked up the volume on instrument sales After Elvis and then the Beatles invaded the pop music scene millions of young people bought guitars and started garage bands Guitar sales tripled band instrument shipments doubled and overall industry sales surged from 400 million in 1960 to 1 1 billion in 1969 Wall Street took note of the success Corporate giants with little experience in the music trade bought dozens of established musical instrument makers Conglomerates became a fact of life Consider these highlights As the baby boom took hold the population of school age children grew from 25 million in 1950 to 35 million by 1959 Walter Schirra was the first astronaut to play a

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  • Museum of Making Music - Overview
    E A M Guitar Lab Families Kids Programs for Adults New Horizons Band North Coast Strings Outreach Partnerships Music Teachers Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy The World Turned Upside Down The music industry hustled to regroup in the 1970s and 1980s The baby boom was over and spending was down Shifts in world economics also took a toll on the U S dollar The 1973 OPEC oil embargo coupled with the painful price of the Vietnam War resulted in a serious recession Foreign competition especially from Japan hurt American manufacturers Protective tariffs did not compensate One bright spot was the spectacular growth in sales of easy play home organs at new enclosed mall locations But by 1979 interest rates had climbed to almost 20 percent The conglomerates deep in debt vanished from the music manufacturing business Bankruptcy rates for retailers mirrored those of the Depression It was the darkest hour before the dawn of digital that is New technologies instilled renewed economic vigor into the music industry by the mid 1980s The era ended on an upbeat Overview

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  • Museum of Making Music - Current Exhibitions & Displays
    News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy The Museum of Making Music regularly features special exhibitions that spotlight specific instruments ideas individuals innovations or concepts of music making These exhibitions are typically interspersed throughout the museum s permanent collection and can be on display anywhere from 1 month to 1 year Listed here are the special exhibitions that can be currently seen at the

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  • Museum of Making Music - Upcoming Exhibitions
    Lab Families Kids Programs for Adults New Horizons Band North Coast Strings Outreach Partnerships Music Teachers Support Become a Member Become a Volunteer Special Funds Donor Recognition Donate to MoMM News Press Room Media Coverage Notes Newsletter Shop Browse Store Policies Privacy Policy Upcoming Exhibitions The Museum of Making Music regularly features special exhibitions that spotlight specific instruments ideas individuals innovations or concepts of music making Listed here are the

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