Musical instrument and sound equipment innovator Peavey Electronics, one of the music industry’s largest and most celebrated manufacturers and suppliers, will open a West Coast factory showroom, artist relations headquarters and multimedia dealer education center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif., on September 1.
Peavey Hollywood is a unique brand experience that will give musicians, audio pros, systems integrators and music retailers a 360-degree view of the products, artists and philosophy that have made Peavey an iconic brand in music and audio. A high-end retail showcase for Peavey and its affiliated brands—Composite Acoustics, Trace Elliot, Budda Amplification, Crest Audio, Architectural Acoustics and MediaMatrix—Peavey Hollywood is designed to create awareness for Peavey products and the company’s legacy of innovation.
Peavey Hollywood will be an entertainment and informational resource for musicians and retailers, with regularly scheduled high-definition webcasts featuring artist interviews and performances, product reviews, and music industry-related tips for musicians. Peavey will also broadcast sales training to its dealers, with live-chat capability to enhance the sessions. In addition, the location will serve as the West Coast home for its substantial and growing roster of artist endorsers.
“Peavey has a rich and exciting legacy in music and audio, and proactive outreach has been key to our success since Hartley Peavey founded the company in 1965,” said Courtland Gray, Chief Operating Officer of Peavey Electronics Corporation. “With so many artists living in L.A. or passing through on a daily basis, Peavey Hollywood’s location at the heart of ‘guitar row’ on the Sunset Strip gives us access to artists and marketing opportunities that will serve Peavey retailers and musicians around the world.”
Peavey, which established the first industry-wide dealer training series in 1975, also plans to use Peavey Hollywood as a hands-on educational resource for its dedicated product dealers. Through an extended-stay intern program, dealers and other affiliates who qualify will be able to send employees to learn about products, sales, marketing, display and promotions first-hand by working with experts. The staff will then be able to take those skills back to their hometown stores and help those dealers become even more successful.
Peavey Hollywood will feature an extensive lineup of musical instruments, amplifiers and sound reinforcement products. Interactive displays for Peavey’s amplifier modeling software and iOS recording interfaces will engage musicians on multiple technology platforms, while a Peavey MediaMatrix system—which debuted in 1993 as the first networked digital audio system, and is currently installed in more than 10,000 venues worldwide, from the U.S. Congress to Beijing Capital International Airport in China—will control audio, lighting and video demonstrations simultaneously from an iPad®. The space will also allow Peavey to test products, displays and services.
A section of the showroom is dedicated to the history and philosophy of Hartley Peavey, the industry’s longest-running founder, sole owner and CEO, who built his first amplifier as a teenager in 1957 and has earned countless accolades for his achievements in music product innovation and international business, including the Presidential “E Star” Award for excellence in exporting.
“As a technology company that is dedicated to innovation, we have to be able to move quickly and adapt to the needs of consumers,” said Peavey. “Peavey Hollywood enables us to create marketing opportunities that will bring immediate benefits to all of our brands and distribution channels.”
Hartley Peavey will be on hand during the September 1 festivities, which will include artist and celebrity appearances, musical performances and more. Peavey Hollywood is located at 7422 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Founded in 1965, Peavey is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix, Architectural Acoustics, Crest Audio, Composite Acoustics and Trace Elliot brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.