Warner/Chappell Music buys Non-Stop Music


MUMBAI: Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. has acquired Non-Stop Music.

The move enhances WCM’s presence in a fast-growing, high-margin segment of the music publishing business and underscores the importance of film, television, Internet and corporate outlets to the music publishing industry. WCM will immediately begin joint marketing of the Non-Stop library to an expanded base of synchronization customers and Warner/Chappell’s other musical properties.

Formed by musicians in 1981, Non-Stop is a leader in the production music library business and has built a library of more than 35,000 song titles that it licenses to film, television, Internet and corporate clients. Non-Stop also operates its own state-of-the-art recording studio and has a stable of musicians it draws upon to compose original film scores, music for film trailers, television theme songs, theme music for corporate films and commercial jingles.

“We are thrilled to have this chance to expand WCM’s vibrant synchronization business with this exciting acquisition. Publishing has been one of the most stable areas of the music industry in recent years and with the rapid proliferation and ubiquity of traditional and digital media, this deal is an essential part of our strategy to create a more robust revenue stream,” says Warner/Chappell CEO Dave Johnson.

“This is truly one of the brightest moments in our 26-year ride in the production music library business. We have been continually surprised and thrilled by the strong reception we have gotten for our library from our growing client list and look forward to being part of one of the more forward-thinking music companies in the world,” says Non-Stop co-founder Randy Thornton.

“When Randy and I started this project so many years ago, we were just two musicians with a crazy idea. To be recognized this way and brought into the fold of such a legendary publishing company takes us into the ‘beyond our wildest dreams’ realm,” says Non-Stop co-founder Bryan Hofheins.

Non-Stop Music co-founders Randy Thornton, Brian Hofheins and CEO Mike Dowdle will run Non-Stop as a division of Warner/Chappell Music and will report to Dave Johnson.