Dealers, music and media
- Daniel Zager
Dealers (also referred to as vendors) are the business entities that sell books, periodicals, scores, audio and video recordings, and antiquarian materials (both printed and manuscript) to libraries and individuals. This article focuses on the services that dealers in music scores and recordings provide to music libraries; consideration of general book dealers and periodical subscription agents is omitted in this context. Selected American music and media dealers as well as music antiquarian dealers active during the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century are profiled briefly.
Music dealers must be distinguished from music publishers and from music retail stores. Dealers provide the printed and recorded products of numerous publishers, thus obviating the need for librarians to establish business relationships directly with a broad spectrum of individual publishers. Some music dealers do edit and publish scores and books, even as they simultaneously offer materials from other publishers to libraries. While retail stores maintain stock for individual customers to browse, dealers typically do not maintain an extensive stock, instead purchasing items from publishers as needed to fulfill orders from libraries....