ABC Music

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ABC Music
ABC Music logo.jpg
Founded 1974
Distributor(s) Universal Music Australia
Genre Classical, country, children's, rock, pop, jazz, blues, Indigenous Australian music, roots, folk, easy listening, spoken word, world, comedy, alternative, punk, relaxation
Country of origin Australia
Location Sydney
Official website

ABC Music is an Australian independent record label that operates as a subsidiary of Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Established in 1974, it is one of the longest-running record labels in the country. ABC Music receives distribution from Universal Music Australia,[1] and operates imprints including ABC Classics, ABC Kids and FOUR FOUR.


As a commercial entity ABC Music invests all profits back into the broader ABC, to fund production of further content within the corporation.[2]

The label has been in existence for over 40 years and has a large catalogue of recordings by Australian and international artists.


ABC Music releases cover a wide variety of genres including country, classical, Indigenous Australian music, rock, pop, children's, blues, roots, folk, easy listening, jazz, spoken word, comedy, world, alternative 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] Additionally, the label produces special one-off releases, such as His Life and Music, the live album from Gurrumul featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The label also produces popular compilation releases including Countdown, rage, Hit Country, and ABC Kids themed titles.


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

The label also handles releases for ABC brands and identities including:

Additionally, ABC Music has licensed recordings from overseas artists, including:


As of 2016, ABC Music has received 102 ARIA 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, 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. 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. 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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