“By empowering artists as never before, the digital revolution has led to the most dramatic upheaval in the music business since the invention of the gramophone,” says Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG. “Bertelsmann identified this trend at an early stage and was the first to position itself accordingly.
We see ourselves as a provider of customized, transparent and – above all – fair services for artists. It is a philosophy of partnership.“ (Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG).
BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s offices across eleven core music markets now represent 2.5 million songs and recordings, including the catalogs of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters.