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FoundedEGREM_header_cell_0_1_0 1964 (1964)EGREM_cell_0_1_1
GenreEGREM_header_cell_0_2_0 Cuban musicEGREM_cell_0_2_1
Country of originEGREM_header_cell_0_3_0 CubaEGREM_cell_0_3_1
LocationEGREM_header_cell_0_4_0 Calle San Miguel No. 410, Centro Habana, HavanaEGREM_cell_0_4_1
Official websiteEGREM_header_cell_0_5_0 EGREM_cell_0_5_1

EGREM (Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales, Spanish for Enterprise of Recordings and Musical Editions) is the national record label of Cuba. EGREM_sentence_0

It is headquartered in Centro Habana, where its main record studios (Estudios Areito 101 & 102) operate. EGREM_sentence_1

It was founded in 1964 after the nationalization of the Cuban music industry, absorbing the assets of Panart. EGREM_sentence_2

EGREM had a monopoly on music production activities from 1964 until the late 1980s when independent labels reemerged. EGREM_sentence_3

EGREM's archive comprises "the most extensive catalog of Cuban music in the world". EGREM_sentence_4

Since 2002, EGREM has a commercial director, a public relations department and a web site. EGREM_sentence_5

Although the label had a history of international licensing deals, direct distribution of EGREM's music did not occur until August 2004, when several agreements were made between the label and European record companies. EGREM_sentence_6

In 2005, the SGAE (Spanish copyright agency) began to distribute online part of EGREM's catalog. EGREM_sentence_7

On September 15, 2015, Sony Music announced that it would distribute EGREM's recordings internationally. EGREM_sentence_8

Sub-labels EGREM_section_0

Until 1996, EGREM distributed music recorded at its Havana studios under the imprint Areito. EGREM_sentence_9

Between the early 1980s and 1996, music from its Santiago de Cuba studios were released under the imprint Siboney. EGREM_sentence_10

During the mid to late 1960s, the international distribution of Areito LPs and EPs was handled by Palma, a short-lived imprint organized by EGREM. EGREM_sentence_11

In the 1970s, Palma was replaced by Guamá, an imprint launched by EGREM to commercialize Cuban music around the world. EGREM_sentence_12

EGREM also manages live venues throughout Cuba under the name Casa de la Música. EGREM_sentence_13

Roster EGREM_section_1

Since its foundation EGREM has recorded the vast majority of artists that remained in the island. EGREM_sentence_14

Many others, such as Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés and Cachao, went into exile. EGREM_sentence_15

Starting in the late 1990s, EGREM runs an agency called Musicuba to manage its artists in Havana. EGREM_sentence_16

A second agency called Son de Cuba operates since 2012 in Santiago de Cuba. EGREM_sentence_17

The following artists have recorded material released by EGREM: EGREM_sentence_18

See also EGREM_section_2


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