JEGI CLARITY has advised Hal Leonard on its merger with Muse Group, with investment from Francisco Partners.
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is a legendary digital and traditional sheet music and educational music publisher, with a storied history of providing music learners, educators, creators and performers with the very best arrangements of all genres of music. Along with its massive catalog of premier educational and classical music, Hal Leonard’s licensed, premium arrangements include the world’s most iconic artists and scores, from Taylor Swift and The Beatles to John Williams and Disney soundtracks. With experienced teams based all over the globe, Hal Leonard supplies music and instructional materials to millions of educators and learners as well as instruments, gear and software to music retailers worldwide.
Combined with over 3 million expert and community-created tabs and compositions, 300 million annual visitors and over 40 million accounts on Muse Group’s Ultimate Guitar and MuseScore, the joint business now includes a content library of over 5.5 million scores, tabs, books, video courses, backing tracks, and presets. Both companies share a vision to provide unparalleled access to the best content and resources for the passionate, global community of everyday music makers, educators and learners.
Hal Leonard is a 75-year old company and an iconic brand, and having the right investment banking partner was critically important to us. Our investment banking team’s passion, tireless commitment, execution expertise and deep sector relationships ensured that we were positioned to achieve a great outcome. The team thoughtfully guided us through a structured process, bringing the right buyers to the table, navigating deal market volatility and ultimately bringing together the best strategic partner and a leading industry investor for a marquee transaction in the music industry.
Larry Morton, Chairman, Hal Leonard