Hidden Masters explained
HiddenMasters is a pioneering contemporary music archive service – established to serve an important but neglected market.
Many artists who were popular 30 to 40 years ago have extensive musical legacies that have never been properly documented. Indeed, in many instances, only a small proportion of their recordings have ever been digitised.
By combining specialist knowledge to exhaustive research and digital renovation, HiddenMasters facilitates the discovery of long-forgotten music within these artist’s catalogues that masters’ rights holders in many instances don’t even know exists.
In doing so, HiddenMasters generates previously untapped revenue streams for those masters’ rights owners as well as publishers and artists alike.
Nevertheless, HiddenMasters isn’t confined to artists who were current decades ago – far from it; the company is now collaborating with Chasing Dragons, Gemma Hayes’ imprint on very limited run editions of two new releases that will be issued in 2013 & ‘14.
Further to which, by working exclusively with PledgeMusic’s direct-to-fan pre-order methodology, HiddenMasters are able to create limited run 1st Editions which have the capacity to deliver higher than standard licensing income.
As much as each ‘legacy set’ is career defining, each ‘new set’ is prepared with the same care and attention to detail – each is the aural equivalent of a Genesis Editions book and all are undertaken in full collaboration with the artist (or their estate) with exemplary design and packaging being standard.
Following the release of Hidden Masters | The Jess Roden Anthology earlier in 2013, further limited run 1st Edition sets include – Gemma Hayes, The Distractions omnibus edition and a major Chris Wood career retrospective among others in development