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Hal Leonard and Barbershop Harmony Society Expand Distribution Deal

Christian Wissmuller • Supplier Scene • June 29, 2014

Hal Leonard Corporation has reached an agreement with the Nashville-based Barbershop Harmony Society to expand the scope of products in its global distribution deal.

Hal Leonard has had a relationship with the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2007. Hal Leonard has used the Society’s arrangements in its popular Close Harmony for Men choral series, and in its innovative Sing in the Barbershop Quartet series. These sing-along collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances.

The company will continue to develop titles in these two series, and will now also distribute the Society’s own barbershop arrangements worldwide. More than 100 authentic arrangements – never before available through the music dealer network – will be added to the Hal Leonard catalog for convenient ordering.

Hal Leonard and the Barbershop Harmony Society will jointly market these publications to educators through Hal Leonard’s national Joy of Singing workshops and via reading sessions at select music retailers. Hal Leonard plans to reach the growing international market through its operations in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Asia.

Doug Lady, senior VP of sales for Hal Leonard, says, “Thanks to shows like The Sing-Off, the a cappella format is becoming increasingly popular and reaching a younger audience. There are great opportunities that the Barbershop Harmony Society and Hal Leonard can realize, making the hits of yesterday and today available in great barbershop arrangements.”

Barbershop Harmony Society CEO/executive director Marty Monson comments, “Barbershop harmony is vocal music in its purest form. It provides not only a creative outlet, but also an incomparable sense of fraternity. We’ve loved working with Hal Leonard, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our relationship with them to bring barbershop harmony to an even larger global audience.” 

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