*A New Concept Music Label Brand & Business Model that’s home to both artistic and scholarly audio publishers*

Collectively, they continue to define a 21st Century model for a jazz record label. Collectively and individually, they are looking forward and breaking the seams of the traditional jazz box.

— Larry Kopitnik / Jazz Ambassador Magazine

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ARC is an internationally recognized independent record label based upon a new artist collective model of artist empowerment and ownership of their work.

The published ARC label catalog of recordings contains well over 100 releases with all titles available at all of the major retailers worldwide.

Over 400 artists appear on ARC recordings, including emerging talent and established noted names in music.


The Alchemy Sound Project

Jazz’s First Brand Marketing Collective …

— See: All About Jazz article.

Artists Recording Collective was first featured in the international Jazz media within an unsolicited 2009 DownBeat magazine article written by journalist Yoshi Kato presenting innovative uses of the Internet by professional musicians.

ARC RECORD LABEL releases are featured in and reviewed by all of the major music publications, newspapers, journalists and the top Jazz blogs.


In 2015 ARC partnered with the American Jazz Museum to develop the highly successful arts-centered program, ARC LABEL WEEK IN THE BLUE ROOM.

— Artists Recording Collective

The Artists Recording Collective’s ARC RECORDING LABEL and its roster of artists also support innovative jazz nonprofit organization programming between businesses to impact a variety of community and economic development goals. 

The ARC Next Generation Jazz Jam Session Program is a currently ongoing partnership initiative with 424 Lounge and sponsored by Frontier Community Credit Union. See JazzJam.us

— Artists Recording Collective


“Long Ago Today” (ARC-2116)
by Sumi Tonooka

Tonooka, piano and compositions;
with Rufus Reid, bass; Bob Braye, drums

Her best to date, and a highly recommended recording, it seems Tonooka is still tapping potential while refining her search techniques on this very satisfying and enjoyable effort.

— Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic


Artists Recording Collective (ARC) was co-founded on December 7, 2007 by alto saxophonist, CHRISTOPHER BURNETT; tenor saxophonist, ERICA LINDSAY; and, pianist, SUMI TONOOKA as a professional response to an inherent void within the music industry then. The ongoing purpose and artists collective business approach remains to serve as an integral part of the modern music industry infrastructure.

ARC is a viable and safe platform for recording artists to reach the world with their recorded catalogs. The label was subsequently incorporated as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) entity in 2009 which was maintained up until 2020 when ARC became a featured nonprofit program of Burnett Music Foundation which in 2023 matriculated into the public charity, Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Inc.

Specifically speaking to its history, the co-founders have been successful in their endeavor to create and maintain a modern recording label brand that continually evolves to serve as a viable 21st Century Platform to promote and release the projects and recordings produced by professional artists and composers.

The original three cofounders (Erica, Sumi, and Chris) continue to develop the Artists Recording Collective label business which is now a featured program of Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Inc., a nonprofit organization based in the greater Kansas City area.


ARC is an American recording label identity with no back catalog.

ARC brand management and promotion are always ongoing.

ARC believes that great music has no expiration date.


ARC is an American label brand that was co-founded by musician artists who were also among the very first pioneers employing viable uses of 21st Century technologies in the field of creative art music online.

ARC is a GS1 Partner Company licensed several globally unique GS1 Company Prefix numbers to create U.P.C. barcodes and other unique identifiers.


ARTISTS RECORDING COLLECTIVE (ARC) is an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label that emphasizes promoting and facilitating the distribution and utilization of the works created by our members. ARC provides a viable 21st Century Music Industry Platform for world-class talent! 

Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area with its main office located in the northwest metro City of Leavenworth, Kansas, ARC serves artists who are record producers and boutique record labels in the form of a brand collective that is inherently a dynamic and multi-dimensional platform in a contextual environment that is not under compulsion or creative restraint.


ARC is a nonprofit program. 

Website Customizations, 
Business Organizational Systems, 
Business Operational Algorithms 
and Business Plans are 
Copyright © Christopher L. Burnett. 
All Rights Reserved. 

Permission and Licensed Use 
by the Artists Recording Collective
was granted 07 Dec 2007.


Official ARC Logos designed and 
created by the artist, Paul Tsang.


ARC music is available at top retailers worldwide. Artist/Producer email inquiries are welcome. However, we do not accept unsolicited materials.

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+Artists Recording Collective – ARC Recording Label was founded in 2007 by professional recording artists who wanted a viable industry platform and a “safe” place to document their work. The label began with one release featuring 3 artists.

+ARC is a nonprofit program that takes no money from its artists and serves as a permanent front catalog archive.

+ARC is a GS1 company brand and GLN legal entity that’s established a positive reputation for quality music globally.

+ARC releases are reviewed in all of the top publications.

+ARC is celebrating “15 Years of Excellence.”

+Our model is constructed to provide a platform for recording artists, the ARC GS1 CATALOG, and promote the “collective” of individual artist brands for the long-term historical benefit of all.

+Today ARC’s catalog is over 100 releases featuring over 400 artists.

+ARC is progressive and unique. There’s no other modern era or 21st-century record label doing what we do today. That’s cool.

+ARC is Jazz music’s first true “brand collective.”