When it comes to printing, we specialize in music. It’s all we do.

Finally a printing partner who understands

You’ve never met a music printer like us before. (How many music-only printers do you know, anyway?) As professional musicians, we were fed up with the lack of options for producing beautifully printed scores and charts. So we decided to do something about it. Since 2006 we’ve been printing professional quality music that inspires those who perform it.

Why choose Black Ribbon?

High quality

Taking every detail into consideration, we print on luxurious stock at 1200dpi in generous sizes, finishing with the cover and binding of your exact specification. Your customers will immediately be impressed when they receive their order.

Quick turnaround

In response to the demanding nature of our industry, we understand the need for quick turnaround. Advance notice is always helpful, but we understand that’s not always possible. We make it our goal to deliver in even the most challenging deadlines. We will always communicate up front if a deadline is simply not possible.


Our staff of professionals has hundreds of years of combined experience in the field of music. As a result, we know the demands of the industry and the importance of quality and timely delivery.

Short runs

We handle jobs of all sizes, but thanks to our short-run printing process, we can help you be profitable on the sale of a single part. Using our order fulfillment system, you can keep inventory levels down, resulting in less overhead. Now there’s absolutely no reason to discontinue older music from your catalog.

Large quantity

Whether your company is already in need of larger volume or your printing needs grow over time, we are there for you. Our business is built to scale, which allows us the flexibility to keep costs down and offer competitive pricing on large-volume orders.


Aside from just printing music, we can handle fulfillment of orders on your behalf. Once a job is printed, we ship it direct to your customer. With Black Ribbon as your partner, your order fulfillment can be automated, allowing you to focus on growing your business.

How we compare to others

Office copy center
  • Non-standard paper for music

  • Long wait times

  • Lack of music industry expertise

  • Staff knowledge varies

Commercial printer
  • Typically requires large quantities

  • Longer turnaround time

  • Lack of music industry expertise

  • Often results in additional set-up fees

Paper options


White or natural


  • Gloss w/Black

  • Semi-Gloss w/Black

  • Matte w/Black

  • Full Color





  • 9x12, 10x13 (instrumental)

  • 8.5x11, octavo (choir)


Custom sizes up to 13x20


70lb text

Most common for music

80lb text

Heavier weight for recording sessions

80lb cover

Most common cover weight



  • Coil

  • Staple

  • Tape

  • Fastback