Record Labels in New York and How to Contact Them (Major & Indie)

The music industry in New York City is among the best globally, thanks to its storied music scene. There are many record labels in New York, as well as publishers, agencies, management companies, and promoters.

The big three labels have offices in NYC, of course. So do many of their subsidiaries. This post will explore a few of the record labels in New York and how to contact them. Figure out the labels born and raised in NYC, the independent labels, and those who actively pick up new acts and release music. Let’s get to it!

Record Labels in New York and How to Contact Them (Major & Indie)

The Big 3 Record Labels in New York and How to Contact Them

Sony Music

Sony music

Sony Music, the second-largest record label globally, also owns Sony/ATV, the largest music publisher in the entire world. That, of course, gives Sony Music an advantage over all other labels. 

Sony’s label (and its subsidiaries, which may number in the hundreds) may earn billions, but it is still just a small part of Sony, touching every aspect of entertainment.

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Sony Music

25 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States

Warner Music Group

Warner music

Despite being the youngest by several decades, Warner Music Group claims the smallest market share of the three major record labels. For many years, the company traded shares on the stock market to differentiate itself from its competitors.

The company was then bought out by Access Industries, which decided to go public again in 2020. As part of the Warner conglomerate but now operating independently, the company moved into online media a few years ago, increasing its revenue streams.

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Warner Music Group

1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Universal Music Group

universal music

Universal Music Group, the largest of the three major record labels by a wide margin, also boasts the largest roster of artists across its numerous subsidiary labels (which could number in the triple digits). 

Over 8,000 people work for the company, and it has offices in dozens of countries. A part of Universal Music Group is owned by both Vivendi and Tencent, two even larger companies.

The giant has worked hard to keep up with the changing music industry with its vast library of musicians, songs, and albums. The company has prioritized digital, and streaming platforms and finding new revenue streams, and UMG has been praised for being “forward-thinking” due to this approach.

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Universal Music Group

1755 Broadway # 6, New York, NY 10019

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Independent Record Labels in New York and How to Contact Them

Matador Records


Matador Records is New York City-based, and Chris Lombardi established it in 1989 from his apartment there. Indie rock, punk rock, experimental rock, and alt-rock are all part of the label's repertoire.

They released their first album with Austrian duo H.P. Zinker. More and more artists were added as time went on – Superchunk, Dustdevils, and Railroad Jerk.

In 1990, Lombardi hired Gerard Cosloy, who has run the label with Lombardi ever since.

Having released successful acts like The Arsonists, Modest Mouse, Cat Power, and M. Ward, it is now one of the most prominent independent labels in New York. Matador added artists and employees to the True Panther Sounds team as part of the acquisition.

Check out Algiers, Car Seat Headrest, or Iceage to see what type of artists the label will sign in 2019.

Contact Info

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Matador Records

134 Grand Street New York, NY 10013

Ba Da Bing Records

Ba da bing

Ba Da Bing Records is a Brooklyn-based label founded by Ben Goldberg. Ben was a publicist for Merge and Matador before establishing his own label. Among the label's biggest releases is the debut recording of Beirut – Ba Da Bing.

Ba Da Bing has also found success with Sharon Van Etten and the tUnE-yArDs, but they're not resting on their laurels. Many of the bands they are signing are from the NYC scene, such as Woom and Slothrust.

You’ll find experimental indie, punk, indie rock, and more on their label.

Contact Info

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Ba Da Bing Records

181 Clermont Ave. Suite 403 Brooklyn, NY 11205


So there you have it, the best record labels in NYC. Music creativity is abundant in the Big Apple, as you might expect.

Check out these recording studios in New York City if you're still in the process of recording music. If you have good music to record and your money is adequate, you'll probably be able to use their services.

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