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Alfred Music Publishing Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary with a Kickoff Celebration at Winter NAMM 2012

Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, proudly commemorates its 90th anniversary with a year-long celebration to be launched at the winter NAMM Show, January 19-22, 2012, in Anaheim, California. Esteemed dealers, honored guests, and the entire music community are invited to celebrate Alfred’s 90th Anniversary at booth 4822 (Hall C) during the show. Join the Alfred staff and the Manus family for cake and beer at 5:00 on Thurs, Fri, and Sat, January 19-21.

Alfred’s history, from the modest Tin Pan Alley pop song catalog to a now vast library that boasts more than 90,000 widely known and award-wining educational, reference, pop, and performance titles, is a testament to the industrious leadership of the Manus family and the diligent work from Alfred’s employees and esteemed authors. Teaming with the music industry’s most sought-after artists, authors, and composers in the industry, Alfred Music Publishing endures as the trusted provider of high-quality educational music products for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.

Now in its third generation of Manus family leadership, Alfred Music Publishing’s varied achievements in the music education industry continue to be driven by its mission to help people experience the joy of making music. Alfred continues to make a significant impact on how millions around the world learn, teach, and play music with such unique and widely acclaimed method series titles including Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Alfred’s Drum Method, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method, Premier Piano Course, Music for Little Mozarts, Sound Innovations, and many more.

“90 years?  Why it only seems like yesterday,” reflects Morty Manus, President, Alfred Music Publishing. “While I really wasn’t present in the beginning, I have been at Alfred for a very long time. That we have risen to the size and scope we have achieved is truly a miracle—and to have gone from 5 employees with perhaps 10 book titles, to 270 employees with 90,000 titles, is a truly remarkable feat. It is a tribute to all our employees and composers who have been part of Alfred during these 90 years and especially to our present staff. Through our high-quality publications, Alfred has brought the gift of music into the lives of millions of people. And for me personally, Alfred is a gift that keeps on giving because I met my wife Iris here. For that alone, I have been unusually blessed. And now – on to 100!”

“Alfred has been helping people experience the joy of making music for 90 years. For a company filled with avid music lovers who serve musicians of all types with the finest educational materials, that is quite a noble and proud legacy to be a part of,” stated Ron Manus, CEO at Alfred. “As we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we smile on our past as we look to the future. Alfred continues to create the great educational products people have grown to expect from us, and we also remain on the cutting edge of innovation in music education with Sound Innovations, the world’s first customizable method, eBooks, interactive learning tools, and imaginative multimedia. We wouldn’t have achieved so much in these 90 years without the spirit and hard work from Alfred’s staff, authors, editors, composers, and partners. We are incredibly privileged to work with such talent to together help people learn, teach, and play music.”

To learn more about Alfred Music Publishing and its catalog of educational and popular artist print music, visit

Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

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