- A note on our sales of Year 2012 in the recent article of The Music Trades (May 20, 2013)
- The announcement of new chairman and president. (May 20, 2013)
Shimamura Music was founded in 1962 by Mototsugu Shimamura and opened its first music school that same year with 48 students. Musical instrument sales were later started for students who had a desire to learn but were unable to practice at home. We have since expanded our business, with most of our new stores opening in major shopping centers throughout Japan. Our success in developing stores and music schools that meet the expectations of various levels of players can be seen in our approximately 10% share of the musical instruments retail market in Japan, currently estimated at JPY 250 billion (US$2.8 billion). Shimamura Music has become the largest musical instruments retailer in Japan, with annual sales of JPY 28.2 billion (US$331million) and 140 locations nationwide, and the third largest music school operator, after Yamaha and Kawai.