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We are a New York City-based, family-owned, independent music publishing company.   Our diverse, incredible catalog of songs has helped form the soundtrack of the world for over a century.  Our roster of songwriters continues to shape the present and future of music.  


Founded at a time when the prevalence of the rotary printing press made it reasonable to sell sheet music to the masses, Shapiro Bernstein has been at the forefront of all industry and technology advancements.  From being the only founding member of ASCAP still in existence to challenging songwriter abuses which became landmark copyright cases, Shapiro Bernstein has helped songwriters thrive while ushering in advent of records, radio, film, tv, tapes, cd, downloads and streaming technologies.

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The legacy of unwavering integrity, creativity and service has resulted in industry awards and commendations including a Lifetime Achievement honor from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).  Shapiro Bernstein songs have also earned numerous Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Ivor, ASCAP and BMI awards.


Representing the world’s most-beloved songs, Shapiro Bernstein fundamentally believes protecting the songwriter is our most sacred responsibility. Our mission is to seek new opportunities to showcase our music, ensure accurate administration and uncover every revenue source to collect all our writers are due.