Kraft Music...Your music technology store since 1984.
It has been 30 years since Kraft Music (or Kraft Keyboards, as some of you may remember us as) began serving musicians from all over the globe. The company was founded by Roger Kraft back in the late 1970s, and incorporated in 1984 as a boutique keyboard and synthesizer shop serving the Milwaukee-area. Kraft Music is now listed as one of the "Ten Best Music Retailers" in the United States by Music Inc. magazine, and is owned and operated by his son, Ben Kraft.
"Music is a big part of my family's life...my dad has played professionally his entire life (and still does!), my mom is a retired music teacher and is the director of her church choirs, and my sister is an active opera singer on the East coast," says Ben, who is a hobby musician himself.
In addition, many members of the Kraft Music staff are active musicians. "We're fortunate to have some of the most talented musicians in southeastern Wisconsin here in our buildings. They are a huge asset to our company, and to our customers."
Ben began assisting fellow keyboard players thru online chat rooms, newsgroups and websites in 1994, making Kraft Music one of the oldest, and most trusted, dot-com music retailers around.
Fast forward to 2014, and Kraft Music is one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Fastest Growing Firms award winners. We're listed as one of the Top 25 Music Retailers in the United States, named by Music Trades. We have also been the feature of several articles in The Business Journal, Music Trades, and Music Inc as the company has continued to show tremendous growth. We're especially proud that, for the third time, Kraft Music was chosen as one of the 10 Best Retailers of 2013 by Music Inc. Recently, we have received Professional Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Dealer of the Year Awards from Fender, Kawai America, Moog and from Korg USA.
Having moved into our Corporate Headquarters in Franklin, Wisconsin in 2007, we're strategically located near major local shipping hubs (including UPS, CEVA and FedEx). Our distribution center (made ready in January, 2012) enhances our ability to stock, pack and deliver to your door with great efficiency.
We invite you to join the thousands of musicians and hobbyists who have chosen Kraft Music as their music technology store.
Kraft Music Winner of 2014 Milwaukee Business Journal Fastest Growing Firms Award
August 15, 2014
Kraft Music was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the area's "Fastest Growing Firms." The company has grown 34.9% since 2011. How did they do it? Amongst other things, owner Ben Kraft says, "Integrity is key, and we work tirelessly to gain the trust of our customers, vendors and employees by seeking the high ground in every situation we encounter."
22nd Largest Music Retailer in the U.S.? Kraft Music!
August 1, 2014
In August, The Music Trades magazine released their list of the "Top 200 Music Retailers" in the United States, as well as the "World's Top 40 Online Music Retailers." Kraft Music jumped up in the ranks to number 22. "We're still a small, privately held company that is centered around providing care and personal service that only a family-owned business can," says Ben Kraft, owner. "But we're strong enough to be able to provide the selection and pricing that you might only expect from the big-box stores."
Kraft Music Supports our Veterans with Donation to Guitars For Vets
February 1, 2014
Ben and Nikki Kraft donated (100) Yamaha guitars to Milwaukee-based Guitars For Vets. G4V is a national organization whose mission is to restore the feelings of joy and purpose that can be lost after suffering trauma, and they use the healing power of music to help do that. G4V has nearly (40) active chapters across the country. “Nikki and I are proud to present these guitars to this great organization,” Ben says. “All of us at Kraft Music know firsthand the power of music and music making, which is why it is so easy for us to support the mission of Guitars for Vets.”
Moog names Kraft Music "2013 Midwest Dealer of the Year"
January 26, 2014
Kraft Music is proud to be named Moog's "2013 Midwest Dealer of the Year." The award was presented to Kraft at the Winter NAMM Show.
Korg USA Presents a 2013 Key Note Award to Kraft Music
January 25, 2014
The 2013 Key Note Award "Commitment to Excellence" was given to Kraft Music from Korg USA. The award was presented to Ben Kraft, Jamie Medina, and Brandon Zunker at the Winter NAMM Show.
The Kawai "Professional Dealer of the Year" Award for 2013 goes to Kraft Music
January 23, 2014
Kraft Music received the "Professional Products Dealer of the Year" from Kawai America, making it five straight years that Kraft has received the honor. Dan Stouff and Brandon Zunker accepted the award from Hirotaka Kawai and Naoki Mori at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show.
Kraft Music earns a "2013 Retail Excellence Award" from Music Inc. Magazine
December 1, 2013
For two years in a row, Kraft Music has earned a "Retail Excellence Award" from Music Inc. Magazine. This is the third award in four years that the magazine has given to Kraft Music. Kraft Music is one of just ten U.S. musical instrument retailers to earn that award in 2013.
Members of the Kraft Music Team Nominated for WAMI Awards
March 4, 2013
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual WAMI Awards Show ceremony, and we're proud to say that four members of the Kraft Music staff are on the list!
2013 NAMM Board of Directors Elected, Ben Kraft amongst newly Elected
January 26, 2013
NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, elected eight new members to its Board of Directors. Ben Kraft was amongst the newly elected members and will serve from 2013 thru 2015.
Korg USA Presents "Commitment to Excellence" Award to Kraft Music
January 26, 2013
Kraft Music was given a "Commitment to Excellence" Award from Korg USA. The award was presented to Brandon Zunker, Director of Sales and Procurement, at the Winter NAMM Show.
Kawai Presents "Professional Dealer of the Year" Award to Kraft Music
January 24, 2013
For the fourth straight year, Kraft Music received the "Professional Products Dealer of the Year" from Kawai America. Ben Kraft accepted the award from Hirotaka Kawai and Naoki Mori at the Winter NAMM Show.
Ben Kraft Featured at the NAMM Show 2013 Breakfast of Champions
January 24, 2013
Ben was invited to participate in a session that NAMM refers to as "Breakfast of Champions" along with Randy Jackson, Sarah McLachlan, Nathan East, Tak Nakata (Yamaha), Larry Thomas (Fender), and others.
Kraft Music Awarded a "Retail Excellence Award" by Music Inc. Magazine
December 1, 2012
For the second time in three years, Kraft Music has been awarded a "Retail Excellence Award" by Music Inc. Magazine. Kraft Music is one of just ten U.S. musical instrument retailers to earn that award.
Kraft Music Presented with "Commitment to Excellence" Award from Korg USA
January 13, 2011
Korg USA, distributor of the esteemed Korg brand of keyboards, synthesizers, and electronic musical instrument products, awarded Kraft Music with the "Commitment to Excellence Award" at the Winter NAMM Show.
"Retail Excellence Award" Given to Kraft Music by Music Inc. Magazine
December 1, 2010
Each year, Music Inc. Magazine, a trade magazine in the music products business, awards ten musical instrument retailers a "Retail Excellence Award." This year, Kraft Music earned a spot on that list.