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 represent and exploit Music Sales’ copyrights in print.
Commenting on the deal, Hal Leonard Chairman Keith Mardak stated: “We’ve had a long and rewarding relationship with Music Sales over the years and we look forward to that continuing into the future. Bob Wise has built an incredible printed music business and we feel privileged to be the new custodians of his many years of hard work. Mark Mumford, the Managing Director of Hal Leonard in Europe, will oversee the integration of the two companies in Europe.”
Music Sales’ Chairman and Owner Robert Wise added: “Printed music has played a special role in the long history of Music Sales, but our direction of travel has been very clear in recent years as we continue the expansion of our portfolio of copyrights in all styles and genres across the world. In making this deal it was important for us to find the right buyer for our printed music business and we are confident that Keith Mardak and his team at Hal Leonard will do a great job with this business in the future.”
About Hal Leonard
Hal Leonard LLC is the world’s largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar (the Hal Leonard Guitar Method), piano (the Faber Piano Method), and school music instruments (Essential Elements for Band and Strings), plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable. In its catalog of more than 220,000 available titles, Hal Leonard represents many of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and musical instrument manufacturers. Its products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through Hal Leonard offices and a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada through a team of 50 in-house sales representatives.
About The Music Sales Group:
The Music Sales Group is a wholly-owned global independent family of music publishing companies, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Berlin Tokyo and Sydney.