Leading World Music label ARC Music joins Naxos Music Group
January 7, 2019
Naxos is happy to announce its acquisition of ARC Music Productions International Limited. This acquisition marks an important step in the company’s growing involvement in world music. The Naxos Music Group has been distributing the ARC label digitally worldwide and physically in several key markets for some time. Naxos is also operating the only dedicated world music subscription streaming platform, Naxos Music Library/World, which offers access to more than 12,000 albums through a dedicated search engine.
Starting in April 2019, Naxos will also release a wide range of world music on its own Naxos World label, initially focusing on Asian and African world music. ARC is a long-established and diversified world music label with a catalogue of more than 700 titles. The Naxos physical and digital distribution infrastructure will strengthen the worldwide presence of the label.
Klaus Heymann, Founder and Chairman of the Naxos Music Group, is delighted with the acquisition and with the new, strengthened relationship:
“Our group has been involved with ARC for more than 10 years as a physical and digital distributor and I am familiar with the label’s reputation in the world music field. I am happy that the distribution relationship has changed into ownership and a much closer cooperation. I expect the combination of ARC and Naxos World to be a major force in the world music field.”
Julia Beyer, Chief Executive of ARC Music, said: “After 41 highly successful years as an independent World Music label, I feel that this new partnership will not only help support the infrastructure of ARC Music but also strengthen our ability to further develop the catalogue and continue to achieve the label’s goals. The acquisition has come at the right moment to ensure continued success and to provide enhanced opportunities for artists around the world to record and release their music internationally.”
For more information about ARC, please visit www.arcmusic.co.uk.