Where we come from

Get to know our dedicated team, dive into our spirit and the twists and turns of the company's rich history, explore our labels and agents across the globe, fathom our memberships or take a look around our studio.

Production music is more than just a job for us. We understand music, but more than that, we understand what music means. We understand that what we create is part of something bigger.

We know the importance of that final piece of the puzzle – whether it is gently adding sparkle in the background or boldly and brashly dictating the pace of the scene. It’s this value of music that inspires our every endeavour.

We empower creators to make a difference with music.

Team

Meet our experts

History

Half a century of innovation

  • 2021

    New Now, New Visions - Alex Black assumes corporate leadership from Rotheide and Gerhard Narholz. We are about to launch a new studio complex, rebrand our label and completely redesign our website and music search.

  • 2019

    Artificial intelligence becomes a part of production music. With our music search tool “Trackster”, Sonoton Music opens new doors for its customers: For each song with a YouTube link, a link from Soundcloud or Vimeo or an audio file the tool finds matching equivalents in our catalogue.

  • 2017

    The year of big numbers. Our repertoire has grown to include over 100 labels: We now offer our customers in excess of 500,000 tracks and celebrate the 25th anniversary of our music search.

  • 2015

    Sonoton Music has been alive and kicking for half a century and shows no sign of fatigue. As the first composer and publisher to receive the “Hall of Fame” Mark Award bestowed by the International Production Music Association, Gerhard Narholz is honored in Hollywood for his life’s work.

  • 2012

    Customers may now submit their license application online. Similarity search makes its way from desktop to music search App.

  • 2010

    Sonoton Music is the first European music library to release a music search App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

  • 2006

    With the HD MusicStation, we are the world’s first music library to present our repertoire on a mobile hard drive – which means well over 130,000 titles with an offline search program!

  • 1998

    Sonoton Music is the first music library to launch its catalogue online. The dynamic development of computer technology also fuels our music search program, which is constantly being enhanced and designed to be even more intuitive.

  • 1995

    We acquire our own music studio. Now productions from all over the world can be mixed and mastered in-house.

  • 1992

    Sonoton Music is the first music library to introduce a computer-based music search program.

  • 1984

    Sonoton Music becomes the world’s first music library to take the leap into the digital age: Production Music is now also available on CD.

  • 1973

    Sonoton Music launches its very own record label. The monochrome record sleeves of English library music are now superseded by colorful and uniquely designed pop covers.

  • 1965-70

    Sonoton Music establishes Library Business in Germany. Cool, up-and-coming composers write and produce for the fledgling publishing house. International greats from Pop and Jazz are also on board.

  • 1965

    Rotheide and Gerhard Narholz found Sonoton Music in Munich. Together, they reinvent English archive music for Germany: television stations can now use Gerhard Narholz's original film music compositions and illustrative underscores for their productions.

Who we are

Our own labels

Agents

International representation

Europe
  • Albania

  • Austria

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Holland

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Republic of Moldova

  • Romania

  • Russian Federation

  • Serbia

  • Slovak Republic

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • The Netherlands

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom

  • Albania

  • Austria

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Holland

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Republic of Moldova

  • Romania

  • Russian Federation

  • Serbia

  • Slovak Republic

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • The Netherlands

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom

North & South America, Caribbean
  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Argentina

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Bermuda

  • Bolivia

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brasil

  • Canada

  • Cayman Islands

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • French Guiana

  • Grenada

  • Guadeloupe

  • Guatemala

  • Guyana

  • Haiti

  • Honduras

  • Iceland

  • Jamaica

  • Martinique

  • Mexico

  • Nicaragua

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Puerto Rico

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Saint Lucia

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Slovenia

  • Suriname

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

  • United States

  • Uruguay

  • Venezuela

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Argentina

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Bermuda

  • Bolivia

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brasil

  • Canada

  • Cayman Islands

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Dominican Republic

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • French Guiana

  • Grenada

  • Guadeloupe

  • Guatemala

  • Guyana

  • Haiti

  • Honduras

  • Iceland

  • Jamaica

  • Martinique

  • Mexico

  • Nicaragua

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Puerto Rico

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Saint Lucia

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Slovenia

  • Suriname

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

  • United States

  • Uruguay

  • Venezuela

Africa and Australia
  • Australia

  • Christmas Island

  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands

  • Cook Islands

  • Fiji

  • French Polynesia

  • New Zealand

  • Niue

  • Norfolk Island

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Samoa

  • South Africa

  • Tokelau

  • Australia

  • Christmas Island

  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands

  • Cook Islands

  • Fiji

  • French Polynesia

  • New Zealand

  • Niue

  • Norfolk Island

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Samoa

  • South Africa

  • Tokelau

Asia
  • Armenia

  • Azerbaijan

  • China

  • Georgia

  • Hong Kong

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Korea

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Tajikistan

  • Thailand

  • Turkmenistan

  • Vietnam

  • Armenia

  • Azerbaijan

  • China

  • Georgia

  • Hong Kong

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Korea

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Tajikistan

  • Thailand

  • Turkmenistan

  • Vietnam

Memberships

Organisations we support

Studio

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