Universal Music New Zealand Limited (UMNZ) is the New Zealand subsidiary of the Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading Music Company with strong market positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.
The recorded music business discovers and develops recording artists and then markets and promotes their music across a wide array of formats and platforms. UMG’s music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing Group, discovers and develops songwriters, and owns and administers copyrights to musical compositions for use in recordings, public performances, and related uses, such as films and advertisements. Bravado, UMG’s merchandising company, sells artist and music branded products via multiple sales points including online, fashion retail, and live performances.
UMNZ discovers, develops, markets and distributes recorded music in New Zealand and represents artists and labels from New Zealand and all around the world. UMG’s music publishing operations in New Zealand are managed by Universal Music Publishing Australia, and it’s merchandising operations in New Zealand are managed by Bravado Australia.
UMG’s strength and legacy of music flows from a diverse family of record labels which include: Universal Republic Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records, Virgin EMI, Capitol Records, Island Records, Polydor Records, Motown, EMI Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, the Verve Music Group, Blue Note Records, Caroline, and A&M/Octone.
Additionally UMNZ distributes and markets releases from major international labels which includes The Disney Music Group (which includes Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records), The Concord Music Group, Big Machine, Domino Recordings, Century Media, ABCKO Records, Rolling Stones Records, Liberation Music, Dew Process, Ministry Of Sound Australia, Modular Recordings, ABC Records and Ambition.
UMNZ, through its former companies, EMI, HMV, Philips, Phonogram and PolyGram, has a long and rich history of recording New Zealand artists and that tradition continues today. UMNZ distributes a number of great New Zealand independent labels, including Dryden Street and Control Freak; and is very proud to distribute and record a stellar line up of New Zealand artists including: Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Jamie McDell, Ruby Frost, The Naked And Famous, Six60, Shapeshifter, The Phoenix Foundation, Mt Eden, Salmonella Dub, The Exponents, Beastwars, Katchafire, Bulletproof and Ladi6 to name just a few.