Alfred Music to Be Exclusive Distributor of The FJH Music Company, Inc.
November 28, 2022
Alfred Music is thrilled to announce that they have signed an exclusive distribution agreement with The FJH Music Company, Inc.
“This alliance is a dream come true,” says Brian Balmages, Director of MakeMusic Publications and Digital Education for Alfred Music and MakeMusic. “Everyone knows how passionate I have been about the FJH catalog over the last two decades, and to see their popular instrumental, piano, and guitar catalogs joining forces with Alfred Music represents a huge win for music teachers, dealers, students, and the wonderful composers represented by both companies. The addition of this respected catalog is a natural fit across all of our product offerings, and we are proud to be their exclusive distributor going forward.”
The FJH Music Company agreements are twofold. First, effective January 1, 2023, the FJH catalog will be exclusively distributed by Alfred Music in both print and digital forms. In addition, FJH’s educational catalogs will be exclusively available for interactive practice on MakeMusic Cloud, formerly SmartMusic, the reference online platform for music practice from MakeMusic.
Kevin and Kyle Hackinson, Vice Presidents of The FJH Music Company Inc. stated, “Everyone at FJH is excited about this collaboration and the opportunity it provides to further grow the FJH catalog in both print and digital formats. For over 20 of FJH’s storied 35-year history, we have worked alongside Brian Balmages to build one of the world’s most exciting instrumental catalogs, paralleling our success in piano and guitar. This relationship builds on the FJH legacy in new and exciting ways, expanding the reach of our existing catalog more broadly throughout the world with an eye on developing new innovative publications and growth for the future."
The FJH Music Company, Inc. was founded In January of 1988 by Frank and Gail Hackinson. Their children Kevin Hackinson, Kyle Hackinson and Kerry Hackinson Giorgi have been with the company since its inception. As President and CEO, Frank J. Hackinson built one of the nation's most exciting, best-selling educational catalogs for piano, instrumental, and guitar. Throughout his career, Frank recognized the need to provide sound supplemental keyboard and instrumental music for up-and-coming musicians and, in doing so, was instrumental in nurturing and establishing the likes of John Brimhall, Richard Bradley, Dan Coates, Robert & Pamela Schultz, Nancy & Randall Faber, Helen Marlais, Kevin Olson, Brian Balmages, Soon Hee Newbold, and others as industry icons in this field.
The impact of FJH on educational music publishing has been all encompassing, including piano, concert band, string orchestra, jazz ensemble and guitar. The passion for providing musically compelling, pedagogically sound works has found expression at every level. FJH’s writing team features many exciting new composers and arrangers along with well-known names. Innovation, quality, forethought and determination have all been integral parts of Frank J. Hackinson’s long career – hallmarks found in each and every FJH publication, from concept through publication. Following the framework established by Frank and currently led by his wife Gail and sons Kevin and Kyle, The FJH Music Company will continue to set new standards in educational piano, band, string orchestra, and guitar publications.