|Founder||Harold "Hal" Edstrom
Everett "Leonard" Edstrom
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Key people||Keith Mardak, Chairman
Larry Morton, President
|Publication types||Sheet music, Books, DVDs, software|
|Imprints||Amadeus Press, Backbeat Books, Limelight Editions, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books|
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.
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.
In 1995, Hal Leonard Corporation began distributing Homespun Music Instruction CDs and DVDs. A mail-order company before joining Hal Leonard's distribution network, Homespun is a respected creator of instructional video and audio materials with a catalog of 500+ titles featuring prestigious bluegrass and folk musicians, as well as a variety of other artists from all musical genres for all instruments. Today, Homespun creates top-quality instructional materials for modern musicians, now providing DVD and online video options.
In 2004, Hal Leonard acquired Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.
In 2006, Hal Leonard acquired Amadeus Press and Limelight Editions. Also in 2006, Hal Leonard acquired Backbeat Books, which publishes the AllMusic reference guide and other music-related publications, from CMP.
In 2017, Hal Leonard acquired the online music retailer Sheet Music Plus.
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