Willis Music, Hal Leonard Celebrate 10-Year Partnership

To commemorate a decade-long publishing and distribution partnership between Willis Music and Hal Leonard, President of Hal Leonard Larry Morton and VP of National Sales David Jahnke presented Willis Music President Kevin Cranley with a plaque at Summer NAMM.

Since July 2005, Hal Leonard has had exclusive long-term publishing and distribution rights, responsible for the sales and marketing of the Willis Music catalog in the Americas and beyond.

During that time, Hal Leonard has used its unmatched catalog of popular songs and editorial talent to expand the Willis catalog, creating a large library of publications that correspond to the various levels of the iconic Willis piano methods. The territory covered in the agreement was also expanded to include a deal with Hal Leonard Australia.

"Anyone who's taken piano lessons has likely used a Willis publication," Morton said. "The Thompson and Burnam books are a trusted institution with piano teachers around the world, and continue to be market-leading methods today.

"We're happy to celebrate 10 years of offering these mainstays, and proud of all of the new supplementary songbooks we have jointly created. Willis has been an outstanding partner, and we look forward to many more years together."

"Hal Leonard has impressed us since the beginning," Cranley said. "The many successes of the past decade have proven that our catalog is in outstanding hands. Thanks to their excellent editorial and savvy sales and marketing, our publications reach more teachers, students and music retailers than ever before, through clinics, mailings, catalogs and social media. The Hal Leonard team continues to be the most passionate and forward-thinking group in the music business today."