A district associated with musicians, composers, and publishers of popular music.
The publishers and composers of popular music considered as a group.
The district of Manhattan where many songwriters and publishers of popular music were once based.
The publishers, writers, and promoters of popular music, esp. those of the late 19th and early 20th cent.
Origin of tin-pan-alley
- Probably from tin pan tinny piano alley (from the cheap pianos associated with music publishers' offices)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition