The Hal Leonard Page is Up and Running!
Very nearly a year ago today, we posted a blog announcing a brand new deal we had just signed with Hal Leonard, the largest publisher of sheet music in the world (Read the original blog here). This was a very exciting moment for us, as Hal Leonard own or manage the rights to the vast majority of the most popular music produced over the last few decades. The deal meant that many of our arrangers’ favourite songs could now be published on a worldwide basis, something previously denied to us.
Little did we know that the hard work was just beginning! The deal required full integration with Hal Leonard’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) system in the States and it has taken just under 12 months to get all that developed, tested and signed off. Now when you purchase a Hal Leonard title from ChoirCommunity, the score is actually being delivered from their systems behind the scenes with all the transactions and associated royalties being processed automatically!
Anyway, that’s enough of the technical stuff. The important thing is that it is all set up now and we have uploaded our first – and largest batch to date – of new titles and made them available on our website. The new Hal Leonard page, with all the new titles, as well as those previously owned by Music Sales can be found here. The full list of the brand new batch of songs is below (many more will be following on over the next few months too):
A Spaceman Came Travelling Chris De Burgh, arranged by Doug Watts
Agua De Beber Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by Sam Burns
Ain’t No Mountain Marvin Gaye, arranged by Gitika Partington
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen, arranged by Craig McLeish
Bring Him Home Les Miserables, arranged by Doug Watts
Bring Me Sunshine Morcambe and Wise, arranged by Wendy Sergeant
Chicken On A Raft Cyril Tawney, arranged by Sam Burns
Don’t Stop Me Now Queen, arranged by Alison Crutchley
Drive My Car The Beatles, arranged by Gitika Partington
Ever Fallen In Love The Buzzcocks, arranged by Alison Crutchley
Fields Of Gold Sting, arranged by Wendy Sergeant
Fragile Sting, arranged by Gitika Partington
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen, arranged by Wendy Sergeant
Hanging On The Telephone Blondie, arranged by Alison Crutchley
Happy Together The Turtles, arranged by Craig McLeish
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles, arranged by Craig McLeish
Kiss From A Rose Seal, arranged by Wendy Sergeant
Lili Marlene Marlene Dietrich, arranged by Sam Burns
Make You Feel My Love Adele, arranged by Craig McLeish
River Joni Mitchell, arranged by Sam Burns
Royals Lordes, arranged by Craig McLeish
Signed Sealed Delivered Stevie Wonder, arranged by Wendy Sergeant
Since You’ve Been Gone Rainbow, arranged by Alison Crutchley
Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus, arranged by Alison Crutchley
Teenage Kicks Undertones, arranged by Alison Crutchley
True Colours Cyndi Lauper, arranged by Craig McLeish
One important thing which I highlighted in last year’s blog is that as part of the deal, Hal Leonard looked at the pricing of our arrangements and concluded that they couldn’t make any agreement work commercially unless the unit price of each copy was significantly increased. I have to admit, we had pretty much come to this conclusion ourselves as we have had to carry the cost of producing and clearing all the rights-owned songs so far.
As a result, we have contractually agreed to set the minimum price of copyrighted arrangements at £1.50 per copy for sheet music and 60p for associated learning tracks. I’m very aware that this is a steep increase from the current price of 50p and 20p respectively, but it does reflect commercial reality and is still significantly less than you would be able to get these arrangements elsewhere (including Hal Leonard’s own websites). We will continue to produce more titles based on material in the public domain and these arrangements will remain at the same price (of 50p and 20p respectively), along with all the other fantastic traditional, folk and world music titles we have in our library today.
We put the quality of our music at the very top of our priorities at ChoirCommunity. All our arrangements have been carefully crafted to deliver the best singing experience as well as the best sound and so we believe that our arrangements still represent extremely good value for money.
We hope you enjoy the new titles as much as our choirs did when they sang them! We’d love to hear what you think, so please feel free to leave any comments below.