FirstCom Music are celebrating four decades of music and emotion as they hit their 40th anniversary this year. Formed in Dallas, TX with a staff of four in 1980 as a broadcast services company focused on the radio industry, FirstCom Music has grown to become a class-leading music publisher and production music library.
In 1985, the company made a bold move by introducing broadcast producers to a new era of innovation with the release of one of the world’s first production music libraries on CD. At the time, many studios did not have compact disc players. To close the technology gap, they offered their clients CD players as part of their music licensing service. Thus, the production industry was propelled into the digital age.
By the 1990s the company was recognized as an industry leader and was snapped up by the world’s then-largest indie music publisher, Zomba Enterprises. Soon after they introduced an online music library and become the first in the industry to allow users to download music directly to their hard drives.
The 2000s saw the company become an important piece in the BMG acquisition of Zomba Enterprises, and in turn of the acquisition of BMG by Universal Music Group.
Reaching The Globe
As we enter 2020, FirstCom Music is a key part of Universal Publishing Production Music. FirstCom Music Executive Producer & Global Head of Production for UPPM, Ken Nelson, explains; “FirstCom Music continues to lead the way as a creative company with a long history of music innovation. Our producers and composers consistently create high-end, relevant music that emotionally engages the very best creators and their audiences. Labels such as Capitol Studio Masters and Front Runners lead the way, as we continue to provide hard-to-find gems, and authentic archival recordings like our recently released Chappell Vaults series.”
Elite Content Creators
The company’s in-house production team boasts over 100 years of experience guiding a repertoire that now includes over 50 labels, 285,000 individual tracks, the largest published stems library in the industry, and GRAMMY nominated artists like Adrian Quesada of the Black Pumas.
VP of Sales & Marketing, Billy Stover, says “We’re proud to have established a long history of exceeding the needs and expectations of content creators. As we move forward, we continue to invest in products like our Extension for Adobe that allow creators to work with the ease and flexibility they’ve become accustomed to when engaging with the exceptional music we produce.”
Over the last forty years FirstCom Music has been heard in iconic shows like Friends, provided the immediately recognizable sonic backdrop to NFL Primetime, been heard countless times in games like Call of Duty and used by thousands of creators on emerging and mainstream platforms from Hollywood movies to podcasts, brand idents to viral videos.
The FirstCom Music team would like to thank everyone who has played a part in the company’s success; from Founder and Guild of Music Supervisors Hall of Famer Jim Long, to newest member of the team Marketing & Sales Coordinator, Rae Spence.