Los Angeles, CA (February 1, 2017)—Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) formed when founders Ken Berry and Dolph Rempp rented out a bass guitar for a recording session in Hollywood in 1967. Now the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2017.
Berry, notes, “After all these years, we’re proud to see so many former employees now enjoying careers in all facets of the entertainment business –audio engineers, artists, backline technicians, television staffers, and record executives. Everywhere there are musical artists and music, there seems to be someone involved who has worked at or been associated with one of our locations. We’re also proud that many of today’s recognized artists who became our customers back in the day have become so successful. It’s been a pleasure to know that we, in our small way, have played a part in their careers and their success.”
Marking the 50th anniversary, SIR was recently honored with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Milestone Award for 50 years of service in the music products industry.
Presented annually by NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond, the Milestone Award recognizes music businesses that have flourished through changing business environments to reach a noteworthy anniversary.
To date, tens of thousands of artists have reportedly used SIR to rent musical instruments and gear or to rehearse for tours in one of the company’s 12 facilities across the U.S.
SIR’s client list reads like a virtual who’s who of musicians from all facets of the industry, including artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Jon Bon Jovi, Panic! At the Disco, Blake Shelton, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, TV host Jimmy Fallon and more.
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