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July 25, 2005

Sweet sheet music

Milwaukee Jounal Sentinal (WI):

77th and Blue Mound may not be the music industry's equivalent of Hollywood and Vine - but it should be. On that Milwaukee corner sits Hal Leonard Corp., a globe-spanning behemoth of the music publishing industry that is one of the least-known yet most successful private companies in the state. Penny by patient penny, idea by fertile idea, it has been built into the No. 1 firm in the specialized world of music publishing by Keith Mardak, a self-educated Milwaukee entrepreneur. The Hal Leonard logo adorns millions of pages of sheet music containing everything from Mozart to McCartney, Debussy to Disney, the results of thousands of licensing deals negotiated by Mardak and his staff over the past decades.

Most anybody who has sung in school would of certainly sung a Hal Leonard published arrangement as they are the "600 pound gorilla" of sheet music publishing. This lenghty and interesting article continues here.

Posted by acapnews at July 25, 2005 9:31 PM