Hal Leonard LLC announces the purchase of the print music and retail divisions of The Music Sales Group.

MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee-based worldwide music print publisher Hal Leonard LLC has today announced the purchase of the physical and online printed music businesses of global independent music publisher The Music Sales Group. In addition, Hal Leonard and The Music Sales Group will continue to work together in the future by entering into a global licensing agreement to … Read more

Data Mining in Choral Music

By Joel Shoemake, Pine Lake Music What do Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and choral music sellers have in common? Let’s dive in and find out. Facebook took five years to turn its first profit. Amazon took six. Eleven year-old Twitter STILL hasn’t turned a profit. So why do venture capitalists continue to pour money into companies … Read more

Data Mining in Choral Music

By Joel Shoemake, Pine Lake Music What do Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and choral music sellers have in common? Let’s dive in and find out. Facebook took five years to turn its first profit. Amazon took six. Eleven year-old Twitter STILL hasn’t turned a profit. So why do venture capitalists continue to pour money into companies … Read more

Print Music Pipeline: Optimization through Simulation – Part I

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation I recently had the chance to play with some high-power simulation software called Oracle Crystal Ball. It allows the user to easily iterate independent variables subject to probability distributions in an Excel framework with the goal of optimizing targeted decision variables. That sounds fancy, but at its core, Crystal … Read more

On Peas and Print Music Part 2

by Tim Cose, Hal Leoanrd Corporation The 70/30 Caveat All that talk of Power Law, ratios, and consumer preference was a long way back to the most important thing to understand about the sales ratios represented in publisher’s sales graph (and many other nearly identical graphs not shown). At this leading songbook publisher, whose name … Read more

On Peas and Print Music Part 2

by Tim Cose, Hal Leoanrd Corporation The 70/30 Caveat All that talk of Power Law, ratios, and consumer preference was a long way back to the most important thing to understand about the sales ratios represented in publisher’s sales graph (and many other nearly identical graphs not shown). At this leading songbook publisher, whose name … Read more

On Peas and Print Music: Part 1

by Tim Cose, Hal Leonard Corporation Vilfredo Frederico Damaso Pareto was born in Paris to an exiled Genoese family in the summer of 1848 and he started growing peas after moving back to Italy in his mid-forties. Pareto, an engineer by trade, observed (among other things) that 20% of the pea pods in his garden … Read more