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Wise Music Group

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Wise Music Group
IndustryMusic publishing
HeadquartersBerners Street, London, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Robert Wise (Chairman and Managing Director)
Chris Butler(Head of Publishing & Rights)

Wise Music Group is a global music publisher, with headquarters in Berners Street, London. In February 2020, Wise Music Group changed its name from The Music Sales Group.[1][2]

In March 2017, The Music Sales Group acquired disco publisher Bleu Blanc Rouge from Belgian record producer and songwriter Jean Kluger.[3] In April 2018, Music Sales sold its physical and online print divisions, including Musicroom, to Milwaukee-based publisher Hal Leonard for $50 million. Hal Leonard will continue to distribute Wise Music's publishing catalogue worldwide.[4]

Wise Music's catalogue of music includes US rights to "The Twist", best known from the recording by Chubby Checker).[5]

Novello & Co

Advertisement for Novello, Ewer & Co. circulating music library, London, 1890
Advertisement for Novello, Ewer & Co. circulating music library, London, 1890

Novello & Co is a London-based printed music publishing company specializing in classical music, particularly choral repertoire. It was founded in 1811 by Vincent Novello.[6]

Chester Music

Chester Music is a British publisher of printed music specializing in classical composition and educational music of the 20th and 21st centuries.[7]


MusicFirst is the Digital Education Division of Wise Music Group, specializing in educational music software.

Selected imprints

  • Acorn (pennywhistles)
  • Amsco Publications
  • Ariel Publications (classical guitar only)
  • E. J. Arnold & Son, Limited (recorder books)
  • Ashley Publications Inc.
  • Schuberth & Co., Inc.
  • Larrabee Publications
  • Lewis Music Publishing Co.
  • Heritage Publications, Inc.
  • Kammen Music Co.
  • Associated Music Publishers
  • J. Curwen & Sons Limited London
  • Boston Music Company, founded in 1885 by Gustav Schirmer, Jr. (1864–1907)
  • Schirmer Trade Books


  1. ^ "Music Sales changes name to Wise Music Group, signs Ólafur Arnalds and Evan Dando of The Lemonheads". 30 January 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ "The Music Sales Group is now Wise Music Group".
  3. ^ "Music Sales acquires French publisher Bleu Blanc Rouge". Music Business Worldwide. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Music Sales acquires US publishing rights to Chubby Checker's The Twist". 28 June 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  6. ^ "A brief history of Novello and Co Ltd". 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  7. ^ "Chester Novello". Retrieved 2010-02-03.

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