Artists Recording Collective
|Artists Recording Collective|
|Parent company||Artists Recording Collective, LLC|
|Genre||Jazz and other music genres|
|Country of origin||US|
Artists Recording Collective (ARC) is an independent music label brand and 21st Century music business model that was created by professional musicians for professional musicians. It provides a platform for member projects and activities to reach a global audience. Based largely on using the Internet, digital music distribution and related technologies, Artists Recording Collective provides an alternative to the traditional recording industry and music promotion business models.
ARC was founded on December 7, 2007 by Chris Burnett, Erica Lindsay, and Sumi Tonooka, all of whom are active professional musicians, producers and educators. Their collective motivation was in response to the inherent need for a professional platform for their own projects. Subsequently, Artists Recording Collective formally launched its first commercial CD recording release (Long Ago Today by jazz pianist, Sumi Tonooka with drummer, Bob Braye and bassist, Rufus Reid) in early 2008 to critical acclaim and national radio chart success.
The Artists Recording Collective business model is configured so that member artists retain control of all aspects of their business as professional musicians and does not profit from the work of its member artists and labels in the manner that most traditional record businesses and virtual record labels do. Another goal of the business model is to validate the contention that superior talent will thrive by finding its own inherent audience when given the opportunity to do so outside of traditional corporate filters. It puts much of the control in the hands of the listener and buyer.
The initial business model platform, planning and strategic operation was largely based upon the experiences of co-founder, Chris Burnett, who had been successfully promoting his own music using the Internet since the middle 1990s - first via various MIDI music networks and usegroups; then, ultimately at MP3.com from 1999-2003. MP3.com was the first major online music distribution website in the world.
In February 2009 the Artists Recording Collective was contacted unsolicited to be featured in an article that was ultimately published in the March 2009 issue of Down Beat magazine. The article can be considered objective validation of the ARC business model tenants in context. And when considering the major impact and weight this particular publication bears upon the professional field of jazz music, along with its significant international readership and monthly subscribers.
Artists Recording Collective has become an internationally recognized brand and notable recording label that emphasizes promoting and facilitating the distribution and utilization of the works created by ARC members. It is now widely recognized as among the first model of its kind for the purpose of promoting artistic works through both, the Internet and traditional media resources.
Artists Recording Collective was featured unsolicited in the March 2009 issue of Down Beat. The highlight of this feature article spoke to unique and innovative business models promoting jazz music in the digital age. Other feature articles and reviews published in major print publications include: JazzTimes (US), JazzWise (UK), JAZZ PODIUM (DE), All About Jazz-New York (US), Jazz Improv NY(US), and others. Feature articles and reviews at leading music portals and digital publications include: All About Jazz, JazzReview, All Your Jazz, eJazz News, LA Jazz, Jazz.com, and many others. 
Member Artists and Labels
Artists Recording Collective member artists and labels:
- Chris Burnett - saxophonist, composer, educator
- Erica Lindsay - saxophonist, composer, educator
- Sumi Tonooka - pianist, composer, educator
Some Current and Past Member Artists and Labels:
- Anthony E. Nelson, Jr. - saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and recording artist
- B.J. Jansen - baritone saxophonist, composer, International Woodwinds artist/endorser
- Bill Caldwell[disambiguation needed] - saxophonist, composer, educator (Wichita State University)
- Brandon Draper - percussionist, composer, educator
- Bruce Gertz - bassist, composer, Berklee College of Music professor and recording artist who performs and records with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Phil Grenadier, among many others
- Bruce Williams[disambiguation needed] - saxophonist, composer, educator
- Dr. Christopher White - saxophonist, composer, educator (Radford University)
- Courtney Lemmon - vocalist and recording artist
- Dan Arcamone - guitarist, composer and recording artist
- Don Aliquo - saxophonist, composer, educator (Middle Tennessee State University)
- Donald Harrison, Jr. - saxophonist, composer, producer who has worked with such artists as Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri, among many others
- Gene Perla - bassist, pianist, composer, educator (Lehigh University and New School) and sideman to such jazz artists as Sonny Rollins and Elvin Jones among others
- George Kahn - Los Angeles based jazz pianist and composer
- Jeff Siegel - New York based drummer and composer
- John Blake, Jr. - jazz violinist, recording artist and educator and sideman to such jazz artists as Grover Washington, Jr., McCoy Tyner among others
- Dr. Keith Calmes - guitarist, composer, educator, author (Mel Bay Publications)
- Dr. Lee Shaw - Albany based pianist, composer and educator
- Dr. Zane Forshee - guitarist, composer, educator, author (Fulbright Scholar)
- Loren Pickford - Grammy Nominated saxophonist, composer and educator
- Mark Taylor (french horn) - recording artist and former member of Henry Threadgill ensembles
- Matt Otto - Kansas City/Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer, educator
- Michael Jefry Stevens - NYC/Memphis based pianist, composer, educator and touring artist
- PM Records (Ed Bickert, Elvin Jones, Doug Riley, Bug Alley, Pat La Barbera, Bernie Senensky, Sonny Greenwich, David Liebman, Nina Simone, Steve Grossman, Kathryn Moses, Don Thompson)
- Reptet - Seattle, Washington based progressive music ensemble
- Richie Pratt - former NFL player; and professional drummer for Lionel Hampton, Broadway, Film
- Stan Kessler - Kansas City based trumpet player, composer and band leader and sideman to such artists as Karrin Allyson, Bobby Watson among others
- Toni Gates - Kansas City based vocalist
- Trace Elements - San Francisco based ensemble
- Will Matthews (musician) - guitarist for the Count Basie Orchestra
- Artists Recording Collective - official portal website
- Artists Recording Collective - official label website
- social networking music page at MySpace
- social networking fan group page at Facebook
- "Long Ago Today". CDBaby.com.
- "JazzWeek Jazz Radio Top 50 for May 12, 2008". lists.jazzweek.com.
- "International Music Industry Guides Labels". AllAboutJazz.com.
- "International Music Industry Guides Labels". JazzTimes.com.
- "International Social Networking Website". Facebook.com.
- "International Social Networking Website". MySpace.com.
- "International Jazz Publicist Client List". TwoForTheShowMedia.com.
- "Unsolicited Article in Major International Jazz Publication". Downbeat Magazine.
- "Article in International Jazz Publication". Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Magazine.
- "Current Google search results for Artists Recording Collective".