ABC Music

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ABC Music
ABC Music 2018 logo.png
Parent companyAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Distributor(s)Universal Music Australia
MGM Distribution
Country of originAustralia
Official website

ABC Music is an Australian independent record label that operates as part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The label has been in existence for over 40 years and represents a large and diverse catalogue of recordings by Australian and international artists.


Established in 1974, ABC Music is one of the longest-running, most prolific record, and diverse labels in Australia. It operates imprints including ABC Kids, ABC Classics, ABC Jazz, and FOUR FOUR.

The label's catalogue is currently distributed by Universal Music Australia,[1] and MGM in North America.

As part of the ABC Commercial division, ABC Music invests all profits back into the broader ABC, to spend on the creation of content and to further its ABC Charter activities.[2]


ABC Music's catalogue covers a wide variety of genres including country, classical, blues, roots, folk, alternative rock, children's, jazz, world, Indigenous Australian music, easy listening, spoken word, comedy, pop, rock, and punk.

The label has also released many compilation albums for ABC Radio stations and programs. This includes triple j's Hottest 100, Like A Version, House Party, One Night Stand, Beat The Drum and 40 Years Of Music releases,[3] as well as tribute albums to Nick Cave[4] and Paul Kelly.[5] It is also home to a number of popular compilation series, including Countdown, rage, Hit Country, Beaut Ute and ABC Kids themed titles.

Additionally, the label has produced a number of special event releases, such as His Life and Music, the live album from Gurrumul featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


The label's roster features many of Australia's top artists including, among others:

The label also releases music from ABC brands and identities, including:

ABC Music has also released albums from international artists, including:


As of 2019, ABC Music releases have received 114 ARIA Music Awards in a wide range of categories, since the awards' inception in 1987.[6]

The label has enjoyed great success in recent years, including ARIA Chart #1 albums from Lee Kernaghan[7] and triple j's Like A Version.[8][9]


ABC Music acts as the umbrella label for a host of imprints, including:

ABC Music Publishing[edit]

In addition to the record label, ABC Music Publishing represents some of Australia's most recognised songwriters and composers, including You Am I, Ruby Boots, Ben Salter, The Audreys, Sean O'Boyle, Juice Music, Tim Rogers, Davey Lane, Kit Warhurst, Amanda Brown, Rosie Westbrook, Sara Storer, Andy Clockwise, Sinead Burgess, Lachlan Bryan, Rhys Muldoon and many more.

ABC Audio[edit]

ABC Audio is a leading producer of audiobooks and other spoken word releases, receiving distribution from Bolinda Audio Publishing.[10]


  1. ^ "Our Labels". Universal Music Australia Official Site - umusic. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  2. ^ "Catalogue". ABC Music. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  3. ^ "Home | triple j". 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  4. ^ "Straight To You: triple j's Tribute To Nick Cave 2CD Album + DVD Details - Music Feeds". Music Feeds. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  5. ^ "Before Too Long". ABC Shop. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  6. ^ admin. "ABC MUSIC wins two more ARIA Awards". ABC Commercial. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  7. ^ "Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs is the number 1 ARIA... | Facebook". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  8. ^ "triple j's Like A Version 10 hits #1 on the ARIA charts | Music News | triple j". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  9. ^ "ARIA Albums: Triple J's 'Like A Version 11' Stops Cold Chisel From Debuting At No 1". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  10. ^ "Bolinda Audio partners with ABC Commercial".

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