Welcome to HNE Rights!

"HNE" stands for "Happy New Ears" - we are committed to exploratory curation of all our activities and hope you join us on our journey.


With four record labels, a sheet music publishing division, our own webstore, and an associated ensemble, we are among Europe’s most diversified music businesses. Founded in Vienna in 2009 as “paladino music” to create a high-quality platform for my musician friends’ projects and with an entrepreneurial vision of artistic sustainability, working in opposition to the rapidly growing tendency to first push and then quickly forget an artist, paladino has continued to grow into a boutique, but internationally recognized musical enterprise. In 2011 and 2013, we created two new record labels, and in 2015 managed to acquire KAIROS – our biggest and most important step expanding our catalogue so far. We celebrated our first big anniversary year (ten years of paladino and 20 years of KAIROS) in 2019, and made a further step towards diversification in 2022, when paladino was renamed to "HNE Rights" so that the holding company steps into the background from our brands. We continue to have many exciting releases and special offers on our various sites, so do visit regularly!


Whether you are a listener, a musician or working in music-related industries, our small and dedicated team will continue to work for and with you to bring some of the most exciting music to life. We are proud to be connected with some of the world’s leading music companies, including an international network of distributors for our recordings and Universal Edition for the distribution of our sheet music.


Enjoy browsing our various sites, sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly if you have suggestions or comments, or if you want to bring your own project to us. I look forward to hearing from you.


Martin Rummel
Founding Partner & Artistic Director