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Monday, 31st August 2009

Resource of the Week -- Database: Sheet Music Plus

Resource of the Week -- Database: Sheet Music Plus
By Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, Editors

Gary posted this item earlier in the week and, judging by the attention it received, we thought it was worth reprising it as a Resource of the Week. Among other things, we think it could be a very useful reference desk tool.

From a San Francisco Business Times article:

One of the company’s secrets is the sheer volume of music they offer — more than 555,000 titles. The company’s added about 100,000 titles in the last 18 months, plus they’ve collected data on all of their titles, and created a searchable database of printed music. That helps the company when its trying to move into new markets, such as music teachers. In fact, Sheet Music Plus signed up 17,000 music teachers for a rebate program.

David Jahnke is vice president of national sales at Hal Leonard, a music publisher that has 140,000 titles at the Sheet Music Plus store. He says that Hal Leonard is the exclusive print provider of Disney, EMI, Universal and Rogers and Hammerstein, to name a few, so if people want sheet music from any of those sources they have to buy Hal Leonard.
Jahnke also finds Sheet Music Plus' comprehensive database useful because it’s made for everyone’s catalogue. When he goes to a music store, he often sees the employees looking on Sheet Music Plus to figure out who publishes what.

+ Use the advanced search interface to search for sheet music.
+ On the home page, you can browse by artists and composers.


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