As an independent music publisher, Shinko is still going strong, having been around in the business since 1932.
Shinko Music Entertainment Co., Ltd. is actively engaged in all segments of the music business – copyrights administration, master recordings exploitation, printed music operation from bandscores, song folios to artist biographies, monthly magazines and tutorial textbooks. Rapidly growing business within the Shinko Group of Companies in recent years is the digital distribution of music for mobile phone ring-tones and internet downloading.
Shinko also imports all kinds of books and publications from three major printed music publishers – the world renowned Hal Leonard Corporation, Music Sales Limited and Warner Bros. Publications. Thanks to the great books they all make, in terms of trade and volume, Shinko enjoys reputation as one of the largest and most valuable Japanese importers of rock-oriented publications.
Notably, TRO Essex Japan, Ltd. and Rock & Roll Music Company are the Japanese offices of world-famous music publishers that Shinko runs and manages. In addition, Shinko is also proud to continue representing numerous music publishing catalogues of world importance.
Apart from the well over 3,000 titles in the wide categories of sheet music, bandscores, songbooks, folios, artist biographies, the Shinko Group of Companies are issuing such popular monthly magazines as BURRN!, CROSSBEAT, YOUNG GUITAR, BACKSTAGE PASS, BLAST, WOOFIN’f, GIGS. Of which, WOOFIN’f is currently enjoying an extensive nationwide readership reaching every nook and corner of Japan via the vast network of the Seven-Eleven convenience store chain and other retail outlets. Advertising space in most of these popular monthlies are also continuing to be much in demand even today.
The entire workforce is consisted of young, but highly motivated and enthusiastic staff, who all love music, and are efficiently grouped together, working at the Headquarters (Kanda/Ogawa-machi Main-Office), the Annex Editorial Building (Kanda/Nishiki-cho premises), the Warehouse/Shipping Center compound (Downtown Tokyo, Koto-ku/Kitasuna Area), and Shinko Music Plaza (subsidiary/landlord) .