Oral History Information
Kevin R. Maher grew up in his family’s music publication business, a business responsible for the iconic jazz magazine DownBeat as well as the music product industry’s Music Inc and UpBeat Daily. Kevin’s great-grandfather, John Maher, began printing DownBeat in 1938, just four years after the magazine was established. John took over the business in 1950 and was dedicated to promoting and supporting music education. This led to his involvement with the music products industry and the development of his other magazines. Maher Publications remain in the family and Kevin proudly continues his family’s traditions. With a background in sales and marketing, Kevin is bringing new approaches to the way their magazines are promoted and circulated.