New World Records & Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc.: About Us

Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc., which records under the label New World Records, was founded in 1975.

We are dedicated to the documentation of American music that is largely ignored by the commercial recording companies.

Like the university press, New World preserves neglected treasures of the past and nurtures the creative future of American music. Through the production of over 400 recordings some 700 American composers have been represented. In an industry obsessed with million-unit sales and immediate profits, New World chooses artistic merit as its indicator of success.

The company was founded with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with a mandate to produce a 100-disc anthology of American music encompassing the broadest possible spectrum of musical genres. This set of recordings, together with their extensive liner notes, provides a core curriculum in American music and American studies. In 1978 the Anthology was completed and distributed free of charge to almost 7,000 educational and cultural institutions throughout the world. An additional 2,000 Anthologies were sold at cost to other similar institutions. Through these recordings two hundred years of music and American cultural history are brought to life.

New Releases
The company currently releases 12-16 new titles per year. Music is chosen from a wide repertory including concert and choral music, opera, sacred music, band music, jazz, traditional, folk, Native American music, popular songs and dances, and musical theater.

Awards & Recognition
Over the years, nineteen New World titles have received Grammy Award nominations and three of them have won— Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra in 1984, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in 1986, and Ned Rorem’s String Symphony, Sunday Morning, Eagles in 1989.

New World Records accepts proposals for recordings from any source. If you are interested in making a submission, please click here for a full review of our guidelines.


If you are interested in using music from New World Records in a film or television program, please contact Daniel Parratt at [email protected]

License requests should be submitted in writing and faxed to Daniel Parratt, Director of Licensing at (212) 290-1685.

License request should include any and all pertinent information including (but not limited to):

  • Song Title
  • Album Title
  • Writers
  • Project Title
  • Type of Project (i.e. film, television show, commercial, etc.)
  • Type of Use (i.e. background instrumental, visual vocal, over main titles, etc.)
  • Duration of Use
  • Proposed fee
  • Project Description
  • Scene Description
  • Territory
  • Term
  • Media (i.e. free and pay cable television, DVD, etc.)
  • Options (i.e. home video buyout)
  • Licensee

The Database of Recorded American Music
New World Records is pleased to announce the 2005 launch of its online subscription service for colleges and universities, an initiative funded by the Mellon and Robert Sterling Clark Foundations. A joint venture by New World Records and NYU, the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is designed to facilitate the music research of scholars and students by offering on-demand, streaming access to an extensive and ever-growing catalog of essential music.

Students, faculty, and scholars affiliated with a subscribing university will be able to access the Database from their library, home, or any other location, and may use the system as frequently as they wish without charge to the individual. Subscription to DRAM is being made available to all institutions of higher learning within the United States commencing March 2005, at a rate to be announced at that time.

For further information on this new service, please visit the DRAM website at or email [email protected]

Our Board & Staff

New World is governed by a nineteen-member board of trustees, many of whom are founding members, and is served by a staff of seven full-time employees. The organization’s expenses are met by a combination of earned revenue (sales of recordings), grants from foundations, corporate giving programs, state and federal government agencies, and gifts from individuals.

Funding & SupportNew World has received support from, among others:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund
  • The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust
  • The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
  • The New York Times Foundation
  • The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The Helena Rubinstein Foundation
  • The New York State Council on the Arts
  • The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Meet The Composer
  • The New York State Council on the Arts
  • Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Fund
  • The Virgil Thomson Foundation
  • The Alice M. Ditson Fund
  • The Academy of Arts and Letters
  • The Library of Congress