Global music distribution and label services company Horus Music has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
The coveted annual prize recognises outstanding achievements by UK-born businesses abroad.
Established in Leicester, UK in 2006, Horus Music now works with over 800 music download and streaming platforms – including iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify – while allowing creators to maintain full control and ownership of their music.
Last year, the company opened its first office in Mumbai, India – where it has signed deals with local services such as Hungama, Gaana, Saavn and VuClip.
The move into India was designed to improve access to localised platforms and to offer a more personalised service to local musicians – and Horus Music says it is now looking to do the same in further territories.
Within the last three years, Horus Music’s overseas sales have grown by over 180% and staff numbers have tripled.
Horus Music CEO Nick Dunn said: “We are absolutely overjoyed at being recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for outstanding growth in international trade.
“As a company that has been built without investment from outside sources, along with the hard work and dedication of our team, this award celebrates all that we have achieved. Over the course of our history, we have diligently built an extensive network that allows everybody to achieve and to reach audiences around the world that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access.
“As a company that has been built without investment from outside sources, along with the hard work and dedication of our team, this award celebrates all that we have achieved.”
Nick Dunn, Horus Music (pictured)
“This awards puts us among a small group of companies within the UK to be awarded Britain’s most coveted commercial prize.”
Director of Horus Music, Nina Condron stated: “The multiculturalism of Leicester has inspired us to ensure that Horus Music doesn’t have solely a western focus, unlike other companies.
“Our independent spirit motivates us to provide each of our clients with equal opportunities for distribution and marketing.”
Ian Harrison, Director of Exports in the Midlands for the Department of International Trade said, “We are thrilled to hear that Horus Music has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
“This is richly deserved for a company that was incorporated as recently as 2006 but has grown sales both domestically and overseas year on year since then. With a commitment to put the musicians it serves at the heart of its strategy, we wish Horus Music every success in the coming years and will be delighted to continue our close working relationship with the company.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said “We’re delighted that our member Horus Music has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
“We congratulate Nick Dunn and his team on their singular achievement and on this deserved acknowledgment of their success, recognising that small and independent music companies like Horus Music play their full part in underpinning the appeal of British music around the world, and in driving the UK’s global music exports.”
Emmy Buckingham, International + Membership Manager for AIM said, “AIM is committed to helping our members’ export activities and Horus Music are a brilliant example of a UK music company maximising their international opportunities to the full extent. Congratulations on receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”
Horus recently launched its sister music publishing company, Anara Publishing.Music Business Worldwide