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Wise Music Group
TypePrivate
IndustryMusic publishing
HeadquartersBerners Street, London, United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Robert Wise (Chairman and Managing Director)
Chris Butler (Head of Publishing & Rights)
Websitehttp://www.wisemusic.com/

Wise Music Group is a global music publisher, with headquarters in Berners Street, London. In February 2020, Wise Music Group changed its name from The Music Sales Group.[1][2]

In 2014 Wise Music Group (as The Music Sales Group) acquired French classical music publisher Éditions Alphonse Leduc.[3] Éditions Alphonse Leduc publishes classical music by French composers including Jacques Ibert, Henri Dutilleux, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, and Joseph Canteloube. It also publishes operatic works by Italian composers Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, and works by Muzio Clémenti, Johannes Brahms, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

In March 2017, The Music Sales Group acquired disco publisher Bleu Blanc Rouge from Belgian record producer and songwriter Jean Kluger.[4] In April 2018, Music Sales sold its physical and online print divisions, including Musicroom, to Milwaukee-based publisher Hal Leonard for $50 million. Hal Leonard will continue to distribute Wise Music's publishing catalogue worldwide.[5]

Wise Music's catalogue of music includes US rights to "The Twist", best known from the recording by Chubby Checker).[6]

Novello & Co

Advertisement for Novello, Ewer & Co. circulating music library, London, 1890
Advertisement for Novello, Ewer & Co. circulating music library, London, 1890

Novello & Co is a London-based printed music publishing company specializing in classical music, particularly choral repertoire. It was founded in 1811 by Vincent Novello.[7] August Jaeger of the firm was a friend of Edward Elgar. It joined the Wise Music Group in 1993.

Chester Music

Chester Music is a British publisher of printed music specializing in classical composition and educational music of the 20th and 21st centuries.[8]

MusicFirst

MusicFirst is the Digital Education Division of Wise Music Group, specializing in educational music software.

Selected imprints

  • Schuberth & Co., Inc.
  • Larrabee Publications
  • Lewis Music Publishing Co.
  • Heritage Publications, Inc.
  • Kammen Music Co.
  • Associated Music Publishers
  • J. Curwen & Sons Limited London
  • Boston Music Company, founded in 1885 by Gustav Schirmer, Jr. (1864–1907)
  • Schirmer Trade Books

References

  1. ^ "Music Sales changes name to Wise Music Group, signs Ólafur Arnalds and Evan Dando of The Lemonheads". Musicbusinessworldwide.com. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ "The Music Sales Group is now Wise Music Group". Wisemusic.com.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Music Sales acquires classical French publisher". www.prsformusic.com. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Music Sales acquires French publisher Bleu Blanc Rouge". Music Business Worldwide. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Music Sales is now a pureplay publisher with $50m+ in the bank, after selling books and retail business". Music Business Worldwide. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Music Sales acquires US publishing rights to Chubby Checker's The Twist". Musicbusinessworldwide.com. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Novello". www.wisemusicclassical.com. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Chestermusic". www.wisemusicclassical.com. Retrieved 1 November 2021.