NMC Recordings FAQ
 
General questions
 
Sales questions

What formats are NMC recordings available in?
In which countries are NMC releases distributed?
 

 
And finally...
 
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General answers
 
What does ‘NMC’ stand for?
NMC Recordings was originally set up in 1989 as New Music Cassettes, releasing recordings on both compact disc and cassette. As the company stopped releasing cassettes, this soon became obsolete, and in 1993 the name was changed to NMC Recordings.
 
How can I join the mailing list?
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How can I be removed from the mailing list?
If you would like to leave the list
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Does NMC release only music from the British Isles?
NMC Recordings was set up with funding from the Holst Foundation to record, distribute and promote the music of contemporary composers from the British Isles. That said, some of our compilation discs do include short works by non-British composers; and more substantial recordings of contemporary non-British works may be a possibility in the future.
 
Does NMC ever delete its recordings?
No; one of NMC's aims is to act as an archive of recorded British music, so all recordings remain permanently available.
  
How can a record label also be a charity?
NMC is a registered charity (no 328052) because of the public benefit we provide through our contribution to enriching cultural life. We operate as a limited company and within Charity Commission guidelines. We rely on grants and donations to operate; any profit from sales of our recordings is invested back into our programme of releases. To run NMC as a business would not be viable as our recordings rarely break even - and yet we need to ensure that new music is kept alive beyond commission, premiere and limited performance options. Our recordings are selected by an independent Artistic Panel based on quality, maintaining balance in our catalogue, supporting composers’ careers, and preserving an archive of today’s best British classical music; they are not selected on sales potential or promoting one composer above another.
 
NMC Fundraising
 
How is NMC Recordings funded?
NMC could not survive without public and private funding. We rely on public subsidy from the Arts Council, the support of trusts and foundations, the investment of our Friends and donors, and a modest income from sales and licensing to maintain our output. The Holst Foundation supported NMC from our inception and its funding ran until 2015.  NMC also receives core funding from the Britten Pears Foundation and the Delius Trust.  Find out more about how to support NMC here.
 
 
 
How can I support NMC?
You can support us by becoming an NMC Friend, leaving us a gift in you will, or through a Trust or Foundation. If you'd like to find out more, please visit our Support Us page here, or get in touch with Alex at alex@nmcrec.co.uk and we'll be delighted to talk about your support in more detail.
 
How do I submit a recording proposal to NMC?
Full details can be found on our Recording Proposals page.
 
Sales answers
 
Where can I buy NMC recordings (CD/download)?
Please visit our How to Buy page for details.
 
Can I download single tracks rather than a whole album?
Individual tracks can be downloaded from third-party stores such as iTunes, Chandos Classical Shop, Amazon, Classics Online, Qobuz provided the track is less than ten minutes long.
 
Why are some CDs at a lower price than others?
As part of NMC's mission to make recordings of new music available as widely as possible, we release recordings at different lengths and corresponding prices:
 
Full-length CDs usually of 50-70 minutes' duration (UK RRP £12.99)
• Mid-length CDs usually of 20-40 minutes (UK RRP £8.99)
• Sampler CDs with short excerpts of our releases (UK RRP £3.99)
2/3 CD sets (UK RRP £19.99)
 
What formats are NMC recordings available in?
Our recordings are available worldwide on CD, various download formats (mp3, FLAC 16-bit, FLAC 24-bit, MFiT) and on streaming sites such as Spotify and ClassicsOnline. Our CD duplication*/replication is done at Nimbus print & disc services (short-run) or Sony DADC.
 
* Authentic reproduction of the original product.
 
 
In which countries are NMC releases distributed?
NMC is represented in many overseas territories, listed here; we work closely with our physical distributors to ensure as many CD releases as possible are available to buy in their territories. We would encourage all customers to try their local retailers, and, if they encounter problems to contact us for advice at sales@nmcrec.co.uk. Alternatively, we are able to offer direct sales through our website, with orders accepted from any country worldwide.
 
 
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Why the blue sheep?
timeline NMC blue sheepProbably our most frequently asked question of all!
The blue sheep dates back to an advertising campaign and sampler in 1996 (see timeline), which showed a field of white sheep facing one way, with a solitary blue sheep facing the other – going its own way. We rather liked the sheep and felt it represented the ethos of NMC so we've used it ever since.
 
For more info about the blue sheep read our Blue Sheep Blog .