BMG Rights Management
|Bertelsmann Music Group (2009–present)|
|Founded||October 2008 in Berlin, Germany|
Number of locations
|20 countries (2020)|
|Services||Music rights management|
|Revenue||€602 million (2020)|
|€137 million (2020)|
Number of employees
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BMG's main distributor is ADA, a division of Warner Music Group. Additional distributors, depending on artist and division, are Sony Music, RED Distribution, PIAS Group, SPV GmbH, Good2Go, Universal Music, INgrooves, Demon Music Group, Rough Trade and others.
BMG was founded in October 2008 after Bertelsmann sold its stake in Sony BMG. From 2009 to 2013, the investment firm KKR held 51% of the company, which became one of the world's largest music publishers during that time. BMG is 100% owned by Bertelsmann and one of the group's eight business divisions. The portfolio includes rights in songs and recordings by artists such as Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Avril Lavigne, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, The Cranberries, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Iggy Pop, Quincy Jones, Lenny Kravitz Morrissey, 5 Seconds of Summer, KSI, Eraserheads, Rivermaya. and Peter Frampton.