Recipient of the prestigious 2012 Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Music Publishers Association
(MPA), Frank J. Hackinson is one of the most recognized
and respected names in the music publishing industry.
Frank has transformed the world of music education,
and personally guided its evolution through his vast
experience in print music publishing and licensing.
His proven leadership acumen stands testament to his
success, and his initials, F.J.H., have come to symbolize
today’s new standard of excellence, to which teachers
and students have turned in ever increasing numbers.
Frank’s career in the music business
began in the 50’s when he signed on with Charles Hansen.
In the years that followed, he distinguished himself
in the fields of sales, marketing and licensing; propelling
Hansen Publications to lead the print music market
at the time. Throughout his tenure at Hansen, Frank
worked with hundreds of the profession’s top artists,
producers and publishers, and was ultimately responsible
for signing The Beatles to their first print music
contract in the United States. So dominant was Hansen’s
market position that they once controlled the print
rights for 99 of the 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot
100 Singles chart. Along the way, he established invaluable
relationships with the most prominent educators, composers,
and arrangers, both nationally and internationally.
With these affiliations in place and
with a staff of just six, Frank went on to establish
Columbia Pictures Publications (CPP) in 1971. Over
the years, CPP held the print music rights to the
popular music industry's most notable artists, including:
The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Henry
Mancini, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, and Chicago,
to name a few. Frank’s goal was to establish an outstanding
catalog of popular music publications, signing exclusive
representation agreements with many of the music industry’s
most important publishers of the time. In 1983 he
guided CPP’s acquisition of the publisher’s share
of the print rights vested in the copyrights contained
within the Big 3 catalog (Robbins, Feist and Miller),
an industry first! As a result, and with his further
acquisition of Studio P/R, Columbia Pictures Publications
soon established itself in the educational print music
market, and later came to be defined as the premier
publisher of educational music in its time with the
acquisition of Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation.
The company eventually became known as CPP/Belwin
and employed more than 250 people.
Throughout his career, Frank recognized
the need to provide sound supplemental keyboard and
instrumental music for up-and-coming musicians and,
in doing so, was instrumental in nurturing and establishing
the likes of John Brimhall, Richard Bradley, Dan Coates,
Robert & Pamela Schultz, Nancy & Randall Faber,
Helen Marlais, Kevin Olson, Brian Balmages, Soon Hee
Newbold, and others as industry icons in this field.
In 1988, Frank and his wife Gail founded
The FJH Music Company Inc. and began to build one
of the nation's most exciting, best-selling educational
print music catalogs. This remarkable catalog has
raised the level of music education to new heights,
with a variety of innovative instructional materials
and original music by many outstanding writers and
composers. Their children, Kevin, Kyle, and Kerry,
have been with the company since its inception.
The impact of The FJH Music Company
on educational music publishing has been all encompassing,
including piano, concert band, string orchestra, jazz
ensemble and guitar. The passion for providing musically
compelling, pedagogically sound works has found expression
at every level. FJH’s writing team features many exciting
new composers and arrangers along with well-known
Innovation, quality, forethought and
determination have all been integral parts of Frank
J. Hackinson’s long career – hallmarks found in each
and every FJH publication, from concept to print.
Under his experienced leadership, The FJH Music Company
will continue to set new standards in educational
piano, band, string orchestra, and guitar publications.