Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Long-term cooperation agreement between Universal Music Classical Management & Productions (UMCMP) and First Classics GmbH

UNIVERSAL MUSIC CLASSICAL MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTIONS (UMCMP), a leading international company of the UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG), and FIRST CLASSICS GmbH, the new network of German classical concerts organizers, have a long-term cooperation agreement. It includes new and innovative ways of cooperation in classic live events.

Initial projects are due to start this autumn, continuing on a larger scale in the 2010/2011 season. Existing contracts for UMCMP artists will be honored.

"For us, First Classics is the perfect partner because it focuses on artistic quality and reaches out to a well-informed public that wishes to experience the stars of classical music as well as new artistic developments," said Manfred Seipt, UMCMP managing director, in a statement. "By working closely with our group's labels such as Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, we will, through this new partnership, be able to present artists in Germany more successfully than ever before."

Andreas Schessl, managing director of First Classics, added: "The partnership with Universal Music opens up new opportunities for us to include top international stars on our prestigious concert series and also allows us to familiarize our public with the stars of tomorrow."

UNIVERSAL MUSIC CLASSICAL MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTIONS (UMCMP), with headquarters in London, is part of the UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and is one of the leading companies in the field of artist management and event production / promotion for classical music. Among the artists managed by UMCMP they are world stars like Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Elina Garanca, Thomas Hampson, and many more. Jeffrey Vanderveen and Manfred Seipt are the Managing Directors of UMCMP.

FIRST CLASSICS GmbH was founded by renowned private concert organizers from Germany, mainly in the field of classical music business. It develops projects for classical music and organizes tours of top artists and ensembles.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC und FIRST CLASSICS starten langfristige Kooperation - PR-inside.com, 27. Jul 2009 [German]
UMCMP Inks Deal With First Classics - Billborad.biz, 28. Jul 2009 [English]

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