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Global Music Network launches GMN.COM
‘Listen, Experience, Learn’ February 1, 1999 - Global Music Network today launched GMN.COM, a comprehensive website for classical and jazz music. GMN.COM features a vast amount of classical music available for free listening, as well as video interviews of artists, and a searchable Groves Concise Dictionary of Music. Global Music Network stands out from other music websites because of the unique relationships it has cultivated with artists, venues and record labels. 'GMN has created, acquired, or licensed exclusive content with the full rights to provide a comprehensive multimedia musical experience to both classical and jazz lovers and novices' says Michael Lubin, CEO and co-founder of GMN.

‘The Future of Music’ After only two months on the Internet, GMN.COM has already been referred to as ‘The future of music’ in a full page article in the Daily Telegraph by Norman Lebrecht (copy enclosed). Lebrecht describes the GMN.COM launch as 'a historic turning point in the distribution and reception of music, a point from which there will be no return.' 'The idea was to create a site that lets users experience music and the creative process in a new way' explains Lubin, 'giving them a glimpse into the best and most interesting, with freedom of choice. We want to create a community, with our artists serving as trusted navigators for our users within the musical world. Our business model shows strong contributions from corporate sponsors and advertisements, as well as from the sale of standard and custom-made compact discs that cannot be obtained anywhere else.' The result is clearly successful. Within the past two months, GMN has been featured by both BBC Music Magazine and Heat Magazine as a top music website. The feedback from users is impressive as well; one Brazilian user writes, 'I really cannot find the right words! You are doing a great job for classical music and its fans. The site is terrific, stimulating, beautiful...I could go on a very large list of this kind! …For the moment I will only ask: please, keep up this wonderful enterprise!' 'In market where many companies take advantage of legal ambiguities surrounding the Internet, the GMN philosophy is different,' remarks David Atherton, conductor of the Hong Kong Philarmonic and GMN president and co-foudner. ' We are working with the record labels and the musician unions in order to obtain the various Internet rights for music; we are on the forefront of Internet law.' Lebrecht adds, 'Remarkably, the Musicians Union in Britain and others elsewhere have waived rule-book restraints on unpaid use of their members' work. Even more exceptionally, some record labels have allowed their closely-guarded exclusive artists to appear in recordable performances on GMN. Both sectors seem to believe that cyber-sampling will attract new concert-goers and CD buyers.'

GMN believes that this 'future of music' is imminent, given advances in PCs, entertainment systems, wideband Internet access and rights laws. The future of music will be delivered online, with the guidance of respected musicians who educate, recommend, and mentor. Users will be able to listen to music that they choose, design custom compact discs, and place their order online for mail delivery or download. 'GMN is leading the way by assembling all the elements necessary for such a convergence which will transform the music industry in the next few years.' Says Lubin. GMN is expanding to provide even more services, including jazz music and videos, Internet radio, interaction with artists via discussion groups, custom CD creation and download, and music news. Additionally, there are current negotiations with major content sources, which will establish GMN as one of the most comprehensive providers of classical music.

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Thu May 25 2000

Time Magazine: Online music - Tune in to
Opera star Plácido Domingo wil announce this week in New York that he wil releae new music over the Net for Global Music Network (, a Web portal specializing in classical music, opera and jazz. Domingo will become a member of GMN`s board of di Read More
Mon Oct 4 1999

The Daily Telegraph: Domingo steps into cyberspace
Placido Domingo thinks the future of music lies with the Internet. Norman Lebrecht reports Read More
Wed Sep 29 1999

Classic FM (monthly) - Music à la modem
The way we buy music could be about to change dramatically thanks to the Internet. Stephen Pettitt looks at two new ‘MP3’ technology offers us music by phone – and for free Read More
Wed Sep 15 1999

Hong Kong Standard: `Classic Sounds`
Hong Kong Philharmonic maestro David Atherton told me in an interview recently that the big difference between computers and music was that computers were not infinite, while music is. Read More
Sat Jun 26 1999 presents first ever live opera production on the World Wide Web partners with INTERVU, Microsoft, and Real Networks to produce and distribute seven performances live from Kirov Opera Read More
Tue Jun 22 1999

San Diego Union Tribune: Magic mix: classical music and the Internet
What do you get when you cross a classical music conductor with a high-tech entrepreneur? A classic Internet business where centuries old music meets today`s technology. Read More
Wed Apr 21 1999

LONDON, April 15, 1999 — Global Music Network (, the most-recognized destination for classical music on the World Wide Web, announced today that it has secured prominent position within Microsoft’s Web Events site.
The easy way to experience classical music on the net Read More
Thu Apr 15 1999

Classical Music (monthly): `Global Warming'
Despite the wonders of the Internet, the question of protecting musicians’ rights has always been a thorny one. But now, thanks to a deal struck up with the MU, Global Music Network is set to go online. Roger Watkins reports: Read More
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