Hal Leonard Corporation

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Hal Leonard Corporation
Status Active
Founded 1947
Winona, Minnesota
Founder Harold "Hal" Edstrom
Everett "Leonard" Edstrom
Roger Busdicker
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Publication types Sheet music, Books, DVDs, software
Imprints Amadeus Press, Backbeat Books, Limelight Editions, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
Official website www.halleonard.com

Hal Leonard is a United States music publishing 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]


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 2006, Hal Leonard acquired Backbeat Books, which publishes the AllMusic reference guide and other music-related publications.[3]

In 2014, Hal Leonard acquired Noteflight, an online music notation service and a community for sharing scores.[4]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What We Learned In The New Economy". Fast Company. United States: Fast Company, Inc. March 1, 2004. p. 6. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hal Leonard Online - About Us". Hal Leonard. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hal Leonard buys Backbeat Books for $2.2M". Milwaukee Business Journal. United States: American City Business Journals. November 20, 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Berkovitz, Joe (April 15, 2014). "Noteflight is now part of Hal Leonard". Noteflight.com. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 

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