Hal Leonard, the Milwaukee-based print music publisher, has agreed to represent the catalog of newly formed Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for exclusive worldwide distribution rights. The agreement was negotiated by Keiser and Hal Leonard chairman and CEO Keith Mardak, but terms were not disclosed.

A 36-year music industry veteran, Keiser Music Publishing CEO Lauren Keiser acquired the assets and music copyrights of MMB Music, a classical and educational catalog in St. Louis to form the foundation of his new company.
Keiser will be actively pursuing additional acquisitions, according to the press release announcing the deal.

"I know my new company is in great hands backed by the support of Keith, [Hal Leonard President] Larry [Morton], and their wonderful team," Keiser said in a statement. "I have always wanted to work with them, and now is the perfect opportunity to be with the largest music print publisher in the world."

Mardak added, "We're confident that [Keiser's] broad network of industry contacts will enable him to quickly expand his new venture, and we're looking forward to a mutually fruitful relationship."

Keiser is also the president of the Music Publishers' Association of the United States and serves on the ASCAP Symphonic and Concert Committee, and on the board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers.

Beginning his career at Sam Ash in the late 1960's, Keiser also has worked for Alfred Publishing, and went on to helm Cherry Lane Music and Astor Music & Books. Most recently, he was with Carl Fischer, where he had worked since 1994, serving as president and CEO since 2003.