The distinctive red-and-white roundel identifies the parent group of numerous international music-related activities including publishing houses, individual imprints, digital products, online sales and copyright management. The Music Sales Group routinely works with major media corporations such as Sony, Universal and BMG as well as broadcasters and film production companies.
Conceived in mid-19th century New York as ‘G. Schirmer Music Publishers, Importers and Dealers’, this prestigious publishing house had won international renown by the start of the 20th century. After acquiring Associated Music Publishers (AMP), it was bought first by Macmillan Inc. and finally by The Music Sales Group in 1968. With the Hal Leonard Corporation acting as sole print distributor, Schirmer/AMP is the leading publisher of American classical music and its global profile has risen to new heights via the work of composers ranging from Charles Ives and Samuel Barber to Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Missy Mazzoli and, most recently, Matthew Aucoin.
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Founded in the 1860s in Sussex, England, Chester Music at first imported and distributed classical editions from Europe. Under a new ownership it was the first to publish Stravinsky, Poulenc and Falla. Eventually it became part of The Music Sales Group where it flourished in educational publishing while adding many prestigious composers to its roster, among them Lutoslawski, Gorecki, Tavener, Nyman, Glass, Saariaho, Salonen, Muhly, Weir and Talbot.
Novello & Company was established in London in 1811 by Vincent Novello in order to publish editions of his own church music. His son subsequently used it to establish a virtual monopoly in low-cost mass sales of choral music. Educational publishing came to constitute an important part of the Novello catalogue, which grew through further acquisitions and through the publication of the leading composers of the day such as Elgar and Holst. Novello joined the Music Sales Group in 1993 and today remains a major choral publisher and champion of new music. Novello composers also include Ernest John Moeran, Herbert Howells, Richard Rodney Bennett, Tarik O’Regan and Paul Mealor.
Éditions Alphonse Leduc is one of France’s oldest and most prestigious music publishing houses. Founded in 1841, it is still flourishing 175 years later and is now owned by The Music Sales Group. Today its catalogue includes the works of Jacques Ibert, Gabriel Fauré, Darius Milhaud, André Jolivet, Jacques Offenbach, Francis Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen and Henri Dutilleux among many others. As a result Éditions Alphonse Leduc has become the focal point for a whole tradition of French music through a combination of publishing new works and the acquisition of established catalogues, notably those of Éditions Heugel in 1980 and Éditions Hamelle in 1993. Visit Éditions Alphonse Leduc
Edition Wilhelm Hansen was established in Copenhagen in 1857, an engraving business soon to be expanded into music publishing. It is the premier publisher of Scandinavian composers, including Nielsen and Sibelius as well as contemporary composers such as Abrahamsen, Nørgård, Sørensen and Ruders. It is owned by The Music Sales Group and managed in Denmark by the latest generation of the Wilhelm Hansen family.
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This Paris-based music publishing and film rights group controls the rights of many famous classical composers and French songwriters. In 2006 it acquired one of the oldest and most prestigious publishing houses in France, Les Éditions Choudens, and 2009 saw the addition of Les Éditions Transatlantiques, renowned for its roster of classical contemporary composers and its large catalogue of film soundtracks. Première’s long-standing managing director is Claude Duvivier.
Unión Musical was founded in 1900 and has been part of the Music Sales Group since 1990. Its catalogue includes a wealth of Spanish music with works by J. Rodrigo, Falla, Turina, Albeniz, Montsalvatge, Granados and Mompou. It also publishes the works of contemporary Spanish composers such as Joan Albert Amargos, Benet Casablancas and Alberto Iglesias, one of the greatest modern composers of film music. Visit Unión Musical Ediciones
Musicroom is the name of Music Sales’ chain of retail music stores in the UK and also the group’s online music store, Musicroom.com. With its slogan ‘everything for the musician’, musicroom.com offers the world's best selection of sheet music, books about music, tuition books, music software, musical instruments and accessories.
This online print on-demand sheet music service delivers professionally engraved, legal and secure sheet music direct to consumers. It makes sheet music instantly available and also offers a range of high quality audio backing tracks and learn-how-to-play video lessons.
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The Early Music Shop can claim to be the world's largest early music instrument specialist and was acquired by The Music Sales Group in 1997. With a flourishing online presence, a large and prestigious showroom at Salts Mill, Saltaire, West Yorkshire and a shop in London’s Denmark Street, it has become the world’s best single source of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque musical instruments.
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Pure Tone is a brand developed by Music Sales to offer affordable musical instruments and accessories, made to a high standard. Ukuleles, guitars, gig bags, strings, tuners, music stands, capos, plectrums and more have helped to make Pure Tone products a well-regarded addition to The Music Sales Group’s retail range. Visit Puretone
The Wise Publications imprint gathers together many varied Music Sales titles with an emphasis on well-established instructional series such as ‘The Complete Keyboard Player’, ‘Absolute Beginners’, ‘Great Piano Solos’ and more recently, the 'Justinguitar.com' series. Wise publications is also home to some of the biggest-selling sheet music collections of all time, including those of Abba and Adele. Visit Wise Publications
Originally a US imprint, Amsco has expanded to include titles with international appeal. It still publishes some titles with particular relevance to North American consumers – for example folk and acoustic instruments in the ‘Absolute Beginners' series – but is also known for best-sellers like its ‘Library of Piano Classics’ and ‘50 Classical Guitar Pieces’. Amsco also maintains a strong presence in educational text books.
In a joint venture with US music company Hal Leonard Corporation, The Music Sales Group is the sole European distributor of Hal Leonard music through its Hal Leonard Europe arm. While supplying this service Music Sales also enjoys a reciprocal benefit in the form of an outlet for many of its own music publications in North America through the Hal Leonard Corporation. Visit Hal Leonard Europe
Carisch started life in Milan in 1887 and became a music publishing concern in 1894. In subsequent years it passed through the hands of several owners. When Music Sales bought Carisch’s comprehensive music catalogues in 2015 it acquired one of Europe’s richest portfolios of educational publications as well as a uniquely rich source of European music, notably by Italian, French and Spanish composers. Visit Carisch
Oak Publications was founded in the early 1950s and for almost twenty years helped to define the folk revival that centred on Greenwich Village in New York. Under Music Sales' ownership it has published many definitive bluegrass and roots music instructional books for banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer and slide guitar. Visit Oak
Ossian is an imprint that concentrates on traditional Celtic music, predominantly Irish. With publications aimed at players of specialist instruments such as the Celtic Harp and Bodhran, Ossian also publishes collections of distinctive Celtic songs for those playing other melody instruments. Visit Ossian
Omnibus Press was launched in 1976 as a general non-fiction publisher to complement the sheet music published by its parent company Music Sales Ltd. The imprint now maintains a backlist of over 500 titles and is one of the world’s most respected specialist publishers of music-related books, still publishing around 30 new titles every year. Visit Omnibus
Based in Berlin, Bosworth Music has been part of the Music Sales Group since 1988. Established well over a century ago, today it prints and publishes a wide range of music including film scores, standards, pop and rock songs, and some of the most successful tutorial methods in the German printed music market. It has also built up a substantial catalogue of rights over the past decade.
Established in 2012, MusicFirst is the Digital Education Division of the Music Sales Corporation. It is based in the New York office under the leadership of Dr Jim Frankel and offers teachers and students a cloud-based collaborative music education environment that enables learning, creation, assessment, sharing, and exploration on any device at any time. Still rapidly evolving, MusicFirst is already the clear market leader in its field.
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Rhinegold Education is the UK's leading provider of Secondary music education resources, and the only publisher to support all the Edexcel, AQA and OCR specifications across GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology. It publishes a complete range of study guides, listening tests and revision guides for each board and is using MusicFirst's technology to develop its own Online Music Classroom to support GCSE and A Level teaching. The Music Sales Group acquired the educational book publishing arm of Rhinegold in 2010 when it was separated from the company’s magazine publishing activities. Visit Rhinegold Education
As part of The Music Sales Group’s growing expansion into the UK education market, the software house Charanga Limited plays a key role in building a dedicated online music education environment for learning in the UK. Charanga brings contemporary digital resources to music teachers and schools for a new, flexible learning and teaching experience.
Music for Kids creates and designs entry-level musical instruments and music books for pre-teens. The range contains well-priced musical games, quarter- and half-size instruments and accessories suitable for 2-10 year-olds. Visit Music For Kids
Les Editions Choudens, now part of Music Sales’ Première Music Group, controls the rights of many famous classical composers. These include Berlioz, Bizet, Gounod, Offenbach, Messager, Landowski and Dutilleux. Choudens also includes many renowned composers of film music such as Michel Legrand, Vincent Scotto, Maurice Jarre, Georges Auric, Joseph Kosma and Arthur Honegger. Visit Les Editions Choudens
Éditions Musicales Transatlantiques (EMT) was founded in 1947 by the composer Marc Lanjean as a publisher of film music and French popular song. Composer Patrick Marcland took over in the early 1970s expanding the catalogue, particularly by adding modern classical composers such as Jean Françaix, Tristan Murail, Claude Ballif and Luc Ferrari, as well as himself. Marcland also introduced educational music titles. In 2009, EMT was bought by The Première Music Group, consequently becoming part of the Music Sales Group. Visit Editions Musicales Transatlantiques
Terry and Mandy Oates founded Eaton Music in 1975, championing many of the music publishing industry standards that prevail today. They also established a reputation for attracting film composers to Eaton and its subsidiary Compass Music. Today, under the aegis of The Music Sales Group, Eaton Music continues to flourish, maintaining publishing relationships with a roster of composers that includes George Fenton, Anne Nikitin and Andy Price.
Real Musical Publicaciones y Ediciones, founded in the 1970s, was for many years Spain’s most successful music publishing company, notably in the field of music education. Authors included Encarnación López de Arenosa, Amando Mayor Ibáñez & Dionisio de Pedro Cursá (Ibáñez-Cursá), Félix Sierra, Natalia Velilla & Elena Huidobro, Antonio Arias, Manuel Miján and Pedro Iturralde. These writers represented major forces in music and movement, technical tutors, instrumental methodology and repertoire. In 2006 the Real catalogue was bought by Carisch whose entire catalogues were subsequently acquired by The Music Sales Group in 2015. Real Musical is therefore now a complementary part of Music Sales’ Unión Musical Ediciones, further strengthening the Group’s position in southern Europe where it is now the leader in the printed music sector. Visit Real Musical
The Music Sales Group owns The Boston Music Company, long renowned as the publisher of much-loved educational titles. These include Lela Hoover Ward’s famous introductory music books for young children, Leila Fletcher’s series of ‘Fletcher Theory Papers’ and C. Paul Herfurth's classic tutors ‘A Tune A Day’, now updated and still undiminished in their appeal. Visit Boston Music
Named for the historic red-light district of New Orleans, Storyville Records was set up by Danish jazz and blues enthusiast Karl Emil Knudsen in 1950. Reissues from many legendary American jazz artists – including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong – appeared on the label. Storyville expanded its celebration of jazz and blues through live recordings of jazzmen touring in Europe and Scandinavia. Acquired by The Music Sales Group when Edition Wilhelm Hansen took it over in 2005, today Storyville continues to build its impressive catalogue through authoritative releases of contemporary jazz artists.
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Robert King, founder of the Boston Brass Quartet, started his company in 1940 publishing a dozen titles in the Music for Brass series (MFB). Today Alphonse Leduc-Robert King, Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of Leduc as well as carrying the Hamelle, Heugel, Notissimo, Misterioso, Editions Universelles and Editions Choudens catalogues. Visit Robert King
Editions Bleu Blanc Rouge (BBR) was established in 1967 by Jean Kluger and his wife Huguette. They had their first hit in 1968 with the Russian dance track ‘Casatschok’. With Claude Bolling BBR created the group Les Parisiennes, who performed and recorded some 60 songs by Pierre Perret, Françoise Dorin, Frank Gérald, Pierre Delanoé and more. BBR also publishes film music by Bolling such as the theme for ‘Borsalino’ and the soundtrack of ‘Le Mur de l'Atlantique’.
Founded in 1938, the record label and music publisher Le Chant du Monde has played a prominent part in French musical life for the past eighty years. In France, Le Chant du Monde has the publishing rights for some of the greatest Russian composers of the 20th century, including Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian and Dmitri Kabalevsky as well as worldwide rights for substantial works by Arthur Honegger and Darius Milhaud. Their contemporary catalogue includes works by Nicolas Bacri, Ramon Lazkano and Oscar Strasnoy.