Global Music Network Inc. - a company portrait
GMN.com, a leading Internet destination for jazz, opera and classical, combines a market place and a performing arts space offering highest-quality music available to a worldwide audience on-line. ‘Yahoo Internet Life Magazine' named GMN.com one of the 100 Best Sites for the year 2000. By bringing together its family of respected artists and the latest communications technology, GMN.com provides exclusive live webcasts, video interviews, lectures, and recitals, plus a wide array of related text and video on demand. GMN's Shop, with over 300,000 selections on disc, enables viewers to preview entire tracks and complete performances of featured titles.
Founded in March 1998, by former telecommunications entrepreneur Mike Lubin, and acclaimed conductor David Atherton, Global Music Network (GMN.com) is an Internet company dedicated to sharing its deep love of music with audiences the world over. What sets the company apart from other music sites on the Web is its Family of Artists and its focus on live performances.
GMN.com has exclusive agreements with a growing number of musicians, singers, composers, conductors and other performers who share a passion for reaching audiences directly. GMN has recorded hundreds of hours of music, which is available to listen to and watch (through streaming) on the site. This material allows visitors to be taken backstage, meet the artists and experience music in a whole new way.
GMN.com's hallmark is its exclusive live performances, recorded specifically for site visitors. Exclusive webcasts on GMN.com have so far included the first ever live video of an opera performance over the Internet from the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev, Dave Brubeck live from Birdland in New York at the venue's 50th anniversary celebrations and Plácido Domingo performing live in Wagner's opera Parsifal.
GMN.com's Family of Artists includes Plácido Domingo (tenor), Valery Gergiev (conductor), Philip Langridge (tenor), Peter Donohoe (piano), David Atherton (conductor),Guy Barker (trumpet/composer), Paul Crossley (piano), Tasmin Little (violin), John Lill (piano), Simon Preston (organ/harpsichord), Anne-Marie McDermott (piano), Billy Taylor (composer / pianist) and John Wallace (trumpet). More artists continue to join the GMN.com team. A full listing of GMN's Family of Artists is available on the website. While the present emphasis is on classical, jazz and opera, GMN.com has plans to broaden its artistic brief to include other performing and visual arts on the site.
Committed to high quality audio and video, and the broadest dissemination of its artists and content, GMN.com has formed relationships with leading technology players, including Intel (Nasdaq:INTC), InterVu (Nasdaq:ITVU), Liquid Audio (Nasdaq:LQID), Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) and RealNetworks (Nasdaq:RNWK).
GMN.com takes advantage of the latest streaming technology for audio: RealPlayer G2 from Real Networks and Windows Media Player from Microsoft Corp. Each of these cutting-edge multimedia players can be downloaded via links to the GMN.com site, with an easy to follow help facility also available. Quicktime is soon to join the list of multimedia players at GMN.com. In addition, GMN's events are featured in the multimedia events links of each player's website, http://www.realnetworks.com and http://windowsmedia.microsoft.com.