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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

Welcome to Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group Online, home to the Amadeus Press, Backbeat Books, Limelight Editions, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, and Hal Leonard Books imprints, as well as many distributed reference books. Browse our sites for the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more.

Amadeus Press

Founded in 1987, Amadeus Press offers a full line of books on classical music and opera. Our mission is to publish books that appeal to the wide audience of discerning music lovers while also maintaining the highest scholarly integrity. Through series such as Unlocking the Masters, Amadeus brings the joy and beauty of the world's greatest composers to the largest possible audience.

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books

Now in its third decade, Applause is America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books. Our books range from biographies of film and theatre luminaries, to playscripts, librettos, monologue books, and explorations of film and theatre history. Applause also publishes the long-running Screen World and Theater World annuals as well as the Best American Short Plays series, and the Playbill Broadway Yearbooks.

Limelight Editions

For more than 20 years, Limelight Editions has been one of the world's leading performing arts publishers. Now part of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, Limelight offers essential resources for working and aspiring actors, producers, writers, directors, filmmakers, set designers, and others, as well as guides to navigating a successful career in film and theatre. From winning that audition, to getting your film made, to managing your own theatre company, Limelight books have the information you need.

Backbeat Books

Since 1991, Backbeat Books have been favorites among passionate music fans and musicians. Known for their depth, spirit, and authority, Backbeat offers a diverse range of books - from biographies and memoirs, critical examinations and histories, to authoritative volumes on musical instruments and instruction - covering all areas of rock 'n' roll, jazz, and beyond.

Hal Leonard Books

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the largest songbook publisher in the world. Now, we are also the source for essential, authoritative books for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and other music business professionals. In 2008 our instructional titles were consolidated under the Music Pro Guides name. Whether you make your living in the music business, hope to one day, or just love creating music, Hal Leonard and Music Pro Guides' cutting-edge books, DVDs, and other products give you all the information you need.

Music Pro Guides

Music Pro Guides bring together the very best, experienced authors and video producers in the recording industry to teach you everything you need to know about audio engineering and production. They feature in-depth text, detailed illustrations, even audio and video examples that help you see, hear and easily understand the concepts, tools, and procedures described.

Distributed Publishers

In addition to our own imprints, Hal Leonard is proud to distribute the titles of over 40 other leading publishers, making us one of the most comprehensive resources for books on all of the performing arts. These titles cover a variety of aspects of the performing arts, including theatre and film references, recording guides, musician and actor biographies, pop culture history and commentary titles, instrument manuals, and much more. These books will appeal to active musicians, hobbyists, collectors, and music enthusiasts alike. Whether you're looking for a guitar identification guide, an acting manual, or a book about live sound recording, these titles will enlighten, inspire, and entertain.