One of the leaders in the world of music, Warner Music Group is the third largest entertainment and record label group and is known as one of the big three along with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. This global conglomerate is based in Manhattan, US and was founded in 1958. It has a presence in over 50 countries the world over, either directly or through its network of subsidiaries, affiliates and licensees. Warner Music Group boasts of an annual turnover to the tune of multi billion dollars and has on its roll over 3500 committed personnel, providing world-class entertainment and records to music lovers across the globe.
Top labels part of the family
Warner Music Group has two main areas of operation. One is the recorded music segment, which actively discovers, nurtures and promotes artists with great talent in different musical genres. They completely manage the recording, marketing, licensing and distribution of all these labels produced by their artists. The second is the music publishing section that buys rights to great hit songs of different artists, motion pictures and theatre productions and releases them for world consumption.
Warner Music Group has to its credit many labels producing quality music of various genres. Prominent among them are Atlantic Records, Warner Records, Elektra Music Group and Parlophone. Atlantic Records specializes in Jazz, R&B and Soul music with all-time greats such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Otis Redding and Sam and Dave signed up with them. They have now extended their footprint in the rock and pop genres with music by Led Zeppelin, Yes, Nash & Young, Crosby and Stills.
Warner Records was created as a maverick record label, creating out of the box ideas bordering on the irreverent. Music genres did not have to adhere to any set limitations and artists were given freedom to explore music of their choice. Little wonder then that Warner Records has brought out outstanding music and have been the recipient of 32 Academy of Country Music Awards, 22 Country Music Association Awards and 2 Juno Awards.
Elektra Music Group specializes in rock and contemporary music and has nurtured and promoted musicians in that genre such as AC/DC, Bruno Mars, Macklemore, Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman, Destiny’s Child, Epidemic, Lisa Fischer, The Format, Glenn Frey and many more such well-known artists. Parlophone Company, of German – British origin, is known the world over for its labels of all-time greats, The Beatles.
Successful music conglomerate
Overall, Warner Music Group is known to be one of the most successful conglomerates in the music world with the best and most popular global artists recording for them. Hardly any other music recording company has to its credit as many successful albums, artists or labels to their credit, as does Warner Music Group.
In addition to recording and marketing great music, Warner Music Group provides all allied services needed by artists – both novices and professionals to build their musical careers and enthrall music lovers all over the world. Through Warner-Elektra- Atlantic (WEA) services and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), Warner Music Group distributes music records and labels of music across the globe, including independent artists and labels. This gives a great fillip to upcoming musicians.
Important contacts for support
Warner Music Group has its headquarters located at 1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019. Besides US, it has operations in more than 50 countries. If you are looking to submit a demo, you need to approach through an established industry professional. Demos must be submitted to the Group’s record labels – Atlantic, Elektra, Warner Records or Parlophone. If you are an artist, approach the Warner Music Artist Services for merchandising, marketing and tour services. More details are available on the link here. For queries on royalties, call 877-343-7784 or write to [email protected]
College students looking for internships can send a cover letter along with resume to [email protected] And if you are looking for a career, you can search for jobs in the US or around the world on the website. Any queries on the hiring process can be addressed to [email protected]