SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO
The sheet music that hangs on the walls of Shapiro Bernstein & Co.’s New York office tells a story, not only of one of the music industry’s most legendary companies, but also of American music itself. It is a story that extends back more than 100 years, to the wild and unruly atmosphere of Manhattan’s West 28th Street, better known as Tin Pan Alley, in an age where ragtime, vaudeville and technological innovations in mass printing combined to create the first generation of music entrepreneurs.
As they approach their 100th anniversary in 2013, Shapiro Bernstein remains what it has always been, an independent music company with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to adapt to whatever musical and technological changes the future brings. It remains a home for classic songs and legendary songwriters of every era: including such classics as: In The Mood, A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square, Papa Loves Mambo, A Fine Romance, On The Sunny Side of the Street, theme to Lawrence of Arabia, Ring of Fire, Sea of Heartbreak and under the leadership of Michael Brettler, who became president in 2000, Shapiro is committed to finding the best of contemporary music from Shannon’s “Let The Music Play” to recordings by Moby, Backstreet Boys, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jnr, Michael Jackson and Pixie Lott. Exploring new and creative avenues for exposing that music to the public, and protecting and defending the rights of songwriters and copyright holders around the world, Shapiro Bernstein is not only a part of American music history, it is a company determined to play a continuing role in making history.