ECM Records has expanded its partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG) to bring the entire ECM catalogue to a number of streaming platforms.

Deutsche Grammophon will be responsible for international digital distribution of the ECM catalogue, which includes music from Arvo Pärt, Sir András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer and Meredith Monk, and is now available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal.

ECM and UMG have also agreed a long-term extension of their partnership in physical distribution, and will expand into Australia.

A statement from ECM emphasised that the CD and LP remained the label’s preferred mediums, but that ‘the first priority is that the music should be heard.’

It continued: ‘The physical catalogue and the original authorship are the crucial references for us: the complete ECM album with its artistic signature, best possible sound quality, sequence and dramaturgy intact, telling its story from beginning to end.

‘In recent years, ECM and the musicians have had to face unauthorised streaming of recordings via video-sharing sites, plus piracy, bootlegs, and a proliferation of illegal download sites. It was important to make the catalogue accessible within a framework where copyrights are respected.’

Frank Briegmann, president and CEO, central Europe, Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, described ECM’s catalogue as ‘legendary […] in the truest sense of the word’, adding: ‘Our collaboration shows how a world-renowned genre label and a global major can respect and complement each other perfectly.’