There is a plaque on the sidewalk on 28th St between Broadway and Fifth with a dedication. In the mids, copyright control on melodies was poorly regulated in the United States. Many competing publishers would often print their own versions of whatever songs were popular at the time. With stronger copyright protection laws in the late s, songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers started working together for mutual financial benefit. Following the Civil War, more than 25, new pianos were sold each year and by , over , youths were studying piano. The demand for sheet music indicated the size of the market for publishers. From through New York City began to emerge as the center of popular music publishing. New York had emerged as the center for the musical and performing arts.
Chapter 6. Promoters, Publishers, and Professional Performers
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The name came from the sound of piano players plugging their songs to music publishers. Bear in mind that at this point in time, popular songwriting was, to a large extent, like any other job. People went into an office in one of these buildings and churned out songs.
Please refresh the page and retry. W alking its barely one hundred yards length today, it is hard to hear the echoes of Denmark Street as the birthplace of the British music business. The guitar shops that once lined both sides of the street are dwindling in number. The music publishers, managers and agents that once occupied virtually every office in every building on the street have long gone — as have the studios where David Bowie , the Rolling Stones, Donovan and the Kinks made their first recordings. The dingy basement club where Adele, Jeff Buckley and scores of other artists got their early breaks is boarded up. Brick dust and the clamour of heavy building equipment now fill the air.