UMG’s Deutsche Grammophon signs with movie licensing group

Universal Music Group’s classical label Deutsche Grammophon has struck a new production movie licensing partnership with TV and movie specialist FirstCom Music.

Launching this week with 30 albums of pre-cleared music, Deutsche Grammophon Production Music will feature classical works from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Debussy, compiled in a ‘media friendly format’ that is ‘easy to license for content producers and editors around the world’. Additional albums are scheduled for 2015.

Firstcom said this marks the first time in a century that Deutsche Grammophon’s catalogue has been made ‘easily available to music editors around the world’.

Ken Nelson, SVP/Executive Producer, FirstCom Music said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer our clients the absolute best in recorded music from around the world. Our representation of Deutsche Grammophon Production Music is further confirmation of our commitment to the highest musical standards.

“This legendary classical music label will add even more depth and variety to our already extensive music libraries and allow us to deliver a source for music that is quite simply second to none.”

Anja Rittmoeller, VP Catalogue Development, Deutsche Grammophon added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with our publishing colleagues on this unique venture, and to push the joys, virtues and benefits of our rich classical catalogue in a convenient and easy-to-understand way.”

FirstCom Music offers more than 190,000 tracks for the production community to license. Founded in 1980, it produces and markets music services for film, television, radio, and multimedia uses in the U.S. and abroad. FirstCom Music is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices in Los Angeles.Music Business Worldwide

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