Morning Music Limited was incorporated in 1971 by Country artist Stompin’ Tom Connors, his manager, Jury Krytiuk and Mark Altman. Until 1986, Morning Music was a sister company to Boot Records, a Canadian independent record company owned by Krytiuk and Connors. Upon Krytiuk’s departure from the business, that association has come to an end. In 1988 Mark Altman became sole owner and president of the company, which includes subsidiaries in the U.S. and the U.K. as well as co-ownership in a number of other small publishing companies with total assets of over 3,000 domestic copyrights and 15,000 payable works (including sub-published titles).
Morning Music has thus become one of Canada’s largest and most successful independently owned music publishing companies. It has taken part in the success of many performers over the years, including Liona Boyd, The Canadian Brass, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Ian Tyson, The Cottars, Rita MacNeil, Eddie Eastman, Johnny Cash, Don Williams,Crystal Gayle, Alabama, Garth Brooks and Andrea Bocelli. It also administers the publishing rights of film and television production companies such as Sunrise Films (Danger Bay, Max Glick, Matrix) throughout the world.
The biggest growth area in the last decade was the representation of Production Music libraries. Revenue from this sector makes up 50% of Morning Music’s total income. The company successfully places soundtracks for hundreds of episodes of television series produced in Canada. In 2003 it launched its own production music library with tracks by Canadian composers, and set up a number of foreign agents abroad. As multimedia, internet and broadband develop, more music than ever will be needed for their content, and users will reach out for the services provided by Morning Music Limited.