Thursday, August 02, 2007

Listening to Maps

I just received an unexpected press release: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC AND RADIO DIVISION: GREAT MUSIC FROM AROUND WORLD, CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING, PLANET-FRIENDLY LIVING

Part of this new venture makes sense, as National Geographic produces many films and TV shows, thus it needs to have music supervision of all these projects. But they will also be launching syndicated radio shows, promoting live events, selling MP3s (many from their own record label), and a publishing house that will manage "the music publishing assets of the Society, representing over 12,000 copyrights." I had no idea National Geographic owned the rights to printed music.

1 comment:

james cook said...

Such a thing wouldn't necessarily be unprecedented: if I recall correctly, Artaria & Co. began as a publisher of maps!