Progressive Music Center in Raleigh, North Carolina Recognized as one of the World’s Top Music Products and Instrument Stores, by NAMM

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Formal designations will be presented in July in Nashville, TN at the Summer NAMM Convention, says Founder of Progressive Music Center, Drummer Billy Cuthrell.

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Progressive Music Center exemplifies the passion for making music that unites all of us.

Progressive Music Center in Raleigh, North Carolina has been named one of the Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The designation will be formally presented to the Top 100 dealers at Summer NAMM, a trade show held in Nashville, TN this July. Progressive Music Center is also being considered to receive the Dealer of the Year award, NAMM’s highest honor for retailers.
“We’ve been working at being the very best in music lessons and retail for the last 24 years so to receive the Top 100 designation and be included with such a distinguished group of retailers from around the country is a real honor,” said Billy Cuthrell, founder and president at Progressive Music Center. Progressive Music Center received the Top 100 designation in recognition of:

  • A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
  • Proven community advocacy and support for for music education
  • An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
  • Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
  • Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
  • Engaging and effective use of web and social media

Progressive Music Center could also be awarded in one of eight additional categories: Best Exterior Presentation, Best Merchandising Display, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Presentation, SupportMusic Advocacy, Music Makes a Difference, Best Emerging Dealer, “Rookie of the Year,” and Best Special Event. Winners of these categories, as well as Dealer of the Year, will be announced at the July 18 ceremony in Nashville.

Businesses vying for Top 100 status were evaluated for innovative methods, resourceful approaches, and effective implementation of retail best practices. A panel of anonymous industry judges scores each entry to determine the Top 100, the individual category winners, and Dealer of the Year. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards was created to spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers.

“NAMM is proud to recognize this music store with the coveted Top 100 Dealer Award,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Progressive Music Center exemplifies the passion for making music that unites all of us. They are on the front lines in bringing music and music education to their community and are truly the back bone of our industry.”

About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 92 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Progressive Music Center

Founded by Billy Cuthrell, Today, Progressive Music Center has been featured in magazines such as Entrepreneur, Music Inc. (twice in Music Inc. as the cover story – Sept. 2007 and July 2013), Music Trades, Drum Business and Kiplingers. Progressive has locations in North Carolina and Virginia, and you can still find Billy Cuthrell in the studios, often working behind the counter helping customers and students and talking with teachers about new programs and ideas he has for music classes and programs. Cuthrell believes that Progressive Music Center is much more than a music school, that Progressive offers life enrichment through learning to play and enjoy music on all levels.

Billy Cuthrell is available for interviews, contact Robin Nolan at McDavidPR.

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