Frank Music Company, New York's last remaining specialist classical music sheet music store has announced they are set to close on March 6th – after succumbing to years of declining sales.
“Frank Music has been struggling for years, as music became readily available online,” shop owner Heidi Rogers has told the Wall Street Journal, “... I went from feeling like I was at the center of the world to feeling invisible.”
The store, located on West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, opened in 1937 and has over the years served musicians including Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Lara St John, Pamela Frank and David Finckel.
Joseph Patelson Music House, another longtime New York sheet-music establishment closed in 2009 and Dowling Music shut its doors in 2013.
Frank Music’s remaining stock has been purchased by an anonymous donor as a gift for the Colburn School, in Los Angeles.
I am sorry - but not entirely surprised - that Frank Music Company is closing. I have patronized them for many... http://t.co/RqvwZ3D9vh
— Stephanie Chase (@ViolinChase) March 3, 2015