Boosey and Hawkes was put up for sale, for the second time in two years, in September. The asking price is around Ô£130.
Elevation Partners, Bono's private equity firm, is one of eight companies that are trying to buy the 200-year-old publisher. The other companies, according to the London Times, include Music Sales and Kingstreet Music.
Boosey and Hawkes traces its origins to the 18th-century music publisher John Boosey; it currently publishes the music of such composers as Stravinsky, Bart‹k, Copland, Britten, Prokofiev, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff.