Katie Kailus


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Music Inc.

Katie Kailus studied at Elmhurst College in the Jazz program playing guitar and majoring in writing. In 2009, she combined her passions and education by serving as an intern for Downbeat Magazine while still a student. At the time she wrote small feature stories and really enjoyed the staff she worked with as well as the musicians she was able to meet. Katie later began working for the magazine’s sister publication, Music Inc. That provided her the opportunity to attend her first NAMM Show where she felt right at home surrounded by passionate music makers. In 2014 she began her role as editor for Music Inc, a role she would return to again in February 2022. What comes out in her writing are the details that can help fellow retailers improve their business by providing insights into the people she interviews. These elements within her writing echoes the sentiment that the music products industry is very much like a family.