The new distribution deal expands Zivix’s mission of making music accessible while offering Hal Leonard the latest products in guitar instruction technology and wireless MIDI connectivity

(MINNEAPOLIS – July 9, 2015) – Zivix, the technology company with a mission to make music accessible to everyone, today announced a new relationship with the industry leader in publishing and distribution, the Hal Leonard Corporation. Fresh off of the heels of the second most successful crowd funding campaign in Minnesota history with the jamstik+, this partnership further enhances the Zivix commitment to music education and creating products that line up with today’s mobile world. The official kickoff for this relationship is being announced today at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Hal Leonard, a company that has been a pioneer in the music education industry and one that has helped shaped its foundation with it leadership over the years,” said Ed Cannon, chief executive officer, Zivix LLC.  “This relationship allows us to better engage with the music industry by introducing our award-winning products, and associated software applications for music education. Through Hal Leonard, and their strong dealer network, we gain a fresh perspective and potential integration opportunities, as we continue to innovate and offer easy to use tools and technology to allow more people to engage in learning and playing music.”

“This partnership is a result of continued emphasis and focus on providing solutions to our customers that enhance opportunities to bring in new players and provide creative tools for existing musician. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have the jamstik+ SmartGuitar and the PUC+ Wireless MIDI Interface in our product portfolio.” said Brad Smith, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager of Hal Leonard Corporation. “With us working together, we see a long term vision providing a gateway between their technology and our content to have more people get involved in guitar and new engaging options for existing players.”

The jamstik+ is ideal for anyone who wants to learn guitar because it’s a guitar and lessons in one. The jamTutor app series walks you through interactively, step by step, making it easy if it’s your first time picking up a guitar, or just getting back into playing.  By never having to tune it, you can quickly learn the basics so that when you do go to lessons, your instruction time will be much more valuable for you and the instructor.  That’s when you can also better take advantages of using other resources and of all that Hal Leonard has to offer.

The jamstik+ boasts Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy) connectivity offering seamless connectivity and reliability, as well as keeping WiFi connections free to browse the web.

Girl playing jamstik at coffee shop

Additional Features of the jamstik+:

  • Infrared light-sensing technology “sees” finger placement and provides real-time feedback
  • Includes Free Apps, jamTutor guitar lesson series, jamstik+ and jamMix
  • Ultra-portable & lightweight, making it ideal to practice or create music anywhere
  • Quiet: Plug headphones into the iPhone or iPad and no one will hear it but you
  • Loud: Plug your favorite speaker into the iPhone and iPad and rock out for a crowd
  • Compatible with GarageBand® and hundreds of other existing MIDI apps
  • Real strings, real frets and real transferable skills… And never needs tuning
  • New picking system: Fishman Magnetic Pickup, increased response and expression

About Zivix

Based in Minneapolis, Zivix is a technology company focused on making musical instruments more accessible for everyone. Zivix builds products for musicians, people who want to become musicians, and people who just want to have fun with musical tools. Learn more at jamstik.com or http://www.mipuc.com

About Hal Leonard

Today, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world’s largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar (the Hal Leonard Guitar Method), piano (the Faber Piano Method), and school music instruments (Essential Elements for Band and Strings), plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable. In its catalog of more than 200,000 available titles, Hal Leonard represents many of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and musical instrument manufacturers. Its products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through Hal Leonard offices and a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada through a team of 50 in-house sales representatives.

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