Hal Leonard Corporation

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Hal Leonard Corporation
Hal Leonard logo.svg
StatusActive
Founded1947; 71 years ago (1947)
Winona, Minnesota
FounderHarold "Hal" Edstrom
Everett "Leonard" Edstrom
Roger Busdicker
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Key peopleKeith Mardak, Chairman
Larry Morton, President
Publication typesSheet music, Books, DVDs, software
ImprintsAmadeus Press, Backbeat Books, Limelight Editions, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
Official websitewww.halleonard.com

Hal Leonard Corporation is a United States music publishing and distribution company founded in Winona, Minnesota, by Harold "Hal" Edstrom, his brother, Everett "Leonard" Edstrom, and fellow musician Roger Busdicker. Currently headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is the largest sheet music publisher in the world.[1]

History[edit]

The company produces sheet music, songbooks, and method book (with CD) packs, and band and choral arrangements, reference books, instructional DVDs, videos CD-ROMs, ShowTrax instrumental accompaniments, and music software.[2]

In 1995, Hal Leonard Corporation began distributing Homespun Music Instruction CDs and DVDs.[3] A mail-order company before joining Hal Leonard's distribution network, Homespun is a producer of instructional video and audio materials.

In 2004, Hal Leonard acquired Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.[4]

In 2006, Hal Leonard acquired Amadeus Press and Limelight Editions.[5] Also in 2006, Hal Leonard acquired Backbeat Books, which publishes the AllMusic reference guide and other music-related publications, from CMP.[6]

In 2009, Hal Leonard acquired Shawnee Press from Music Sales Group.[7]

In 2014, Hal Leonard acquired Noteflight, an online music notation service and a community for sharing scores.[8]

In 2017, Hal Leonard acquired the online music retailer Sheet Music Plus.

Imprints[edit]

  • Amadeus Press
  • Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
  • Backbeat Books
  • Limelight Editions
  • Shawnee Press

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What We Learned In The New Economy". Fast Company. United States: Fast Company, Inc. March 1, 2004. p. 6. Archived from the original on 2013-10-09. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "Hal Leonard Online - About Us". Hal Leonard Corporation. Archived from the original on 2014-01-30. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Van Dyke, Matthew (March 9, 2016). "Hal Leonard & Homespun Celebrate 20 Years Together". Music & Sound Retailer. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Hal Leonard Assumes Ownership Of Applause Books". PublishersWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  5. ^ Content, Library Journal Archive (2006-03-01). "Hal Leonard Buys Amadeus Press and Limelight Editions". Library Journal. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  6. ^ "Hal Leonard buys Backbeat Books for $2.2M". Milwaukee Business Journal. United States: American City Business Journals. November 20, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ "Hal Leonard Acquires Shawnee Press". Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  8. ^ Berkovitz, Joe (April 15, 2014). "Noteflight is now part of Hal Leonard Corporation". Noteflight.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-24. Retrieved April 16, 2014.

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