Our History

Our history

Albert Family and
Impact Capital

Alberts has played a vital role in the evolution of Australia’s media and popular culture since the early days of sheet music and music publishing through to the birth of commercial radio and television and the founding of the Australian pop and rock music industry.

The company has always been at the forefront of technological and social change, driven by and celebrated for its pioneering spirit.

Alberts Impact Capital is the next chapter in our story. We will use our experience, capital, business knowledge and patience to partner with the next generation of pioneers.

Making Moves

A PIONEERING HISTORY

1885


Newly-arrived Swiss immigrant watchmaker Jacques Albert establishes a watch and clock repair shop in Sydney’s Newtown

1894


Jacques’s son Frank Albert joins the business, which is registered as J Albert & Son. Frank begins to secure the international trademark for the word and symbol of the boomerang

1897


Alberts begins importing and selling Boomerang mouth organs: cheap, portable and simple to play, they are an instant success

1926


Frank Albert co-founds the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) to protect the rights of artists, publishers and composers from copyright

1933


The government resumes control of the ABC; Frank Albert takes over radio station 2UW, the first of what will become a successful stable of seven radio stations nationally that Alberts run until 1995, ultimately overseen by Frank’s grandson Tony Albert

1964


With the arrival of Beatlemania in Australia Alexis Albert’s son Ted Albert founds Albert Productions, an independent pop music production company to identify and secure an Australian pop sound. The first band signed is Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs closely followed by the Easybeats and later Ted Mulry Gang and John Paul Young

1974


Ted Albert signs newly-formed rock band AC/DC, later signing The Angels, Rose Tattoo and Stevie Wright. By 1976 AC/DC would sign a worldwide deal with Atlantic Records; and in 1980 Back in Black is released, going on to become one of the highest selling albums of all time

1992


Strictly Ballroom is released accompanied by Alberts first film soundtrack in collaboration with Baz Luhrmann

2001


Alexis Albert’s son Robert Albert oversees a joint venture with Wayne Stuart, Piano Australia, to manufacture the high quality, hand crafted and uniquely Australian piano, the Stuart & Sons piano

2009


Alberts in conjunction with APRA AMCOS launch the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. Recent winners include Amy Shark, the Preatures and Megan Washington

2016


Alberts sells its music publishing business to BMG Rights Management Australia, retaining the publishing catalogues for AC/DC and Vanda, Young & Wright

1893


Recognising the demand for music for entertainment Jacques launches Alberts’ Music Stores in the Sydney CBD, selling instruments and sheet music

Late 1890s


Alberts begins selling Boomerang Songsters, pocket-sized books of music and lyrics to the popular songs of the day

1901


Capitalising on the immediate return from the Boomerang Songsters and mouth organs Jacques Albert sails for New York and partners with the publishers of the hit ‘Tin Pan Alley’ song-makers such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, buying the rights to publish their music in Australia and New Zealand

1929


As radio begins to threaten the power of music as home entertainment Frank Albert and partners win the Australian government tender to establish a national network of radio stations. They call it the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC)

1956


The introduction of television provides another outlet for broadcasting and promoting music. Frank Albert’s son Alexis Albert becomes a founding director and shareholder of Sydney television station ATN-7, remaining on the board for 33 years

1968


Ted Albert establishes the Albert Productions record label bringing recording in-house to the Albert Studios (opening 1971)

1989


Ted Albert moves into film production with the formation of M&A Productions, engaging young director Baz Luhrmann to write a film adaptation of his stage play Strictly Ballroom for the screen

1995


Alberts sells its stable of national radio stations to Australian Provincial Newspaper Holdings Ltd

2004


Robert Albert’s son David Albert joins Alberts, expanding the roster to include hit local acts including Wally DeBacker (Gotye), Josh Pyke, San Cisco, Megan Washington and Tim Levinson (Urthboy)

2012


The family launch the Tony Foundation, Alberts’ philanthropic arm. Named after Tony Albert it strives to enable positive social outcomes through the power of music. In 2016, Ted Albert’s daughter Emily Albert is appointed Executive Officer of the foundation.

2019


Now in its fifth generation of family ownership, Alberts launches its new business, Alberts Impact Capital

1885


Newly-arrived Swiss immigrant watchmaker Jacques Albert establishes a watch and clock repair shop in Sydney’s Newtown

1893


Recognising the demand for music for entertainment Jacques launches Alberts’ Music Stores in the Sydney CBD, selling instruments and sheet music

1894


Jacques’s son Frank Albert joins the business, which is registered as J Albert & Son. Frank begins to secure the international trademark for the word and symbol of the boomerang

Late 1890s


Alberts begins selling Boomerang Songsters, pocket-sized books of music and lyrics to the popular songs of the day

1897


Alberts begins importing and selling Boomerang mouth organs: cheap, portable and simple to play, they are an instant success

1901


Capitalising on the immediate return from the Boomerang Songsters and mouth organs Jacques Albert sails for New York and partners with the publishers of the hit ‘Tin Pan Alley’ song-makers such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, buying the rights to publish their music in Australia and New Zealand

1926


Frank Albert co-founds the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) to protect the rights of artists, publishers and composers from copyright

1929


As radio begins to threaten the power of music as home entertainment Frank Albert and partners win the Australian government tender to establish a national network of radio stations. They call it the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC)

1933


The government resumes control of the ABC; Frank Albert takes over radio station 2UW, the first of what will become a successful stable of seven radio stations nationally that Alberts run until 1995, ultimately overseen by Frank’s grandson Tony Albert

1956


The introduction of television provides another outlet for broadcasting and promoting music. Frank Albert’s son Alexis Albert becomes a founding director and shareholder of Sydney television station ATN-7, remaining on the board for 33 years

1964


With the arrival of Beatlemania in Australia Alexis Albert’s son Ted Albert founds Albert Productions, an independent pop music production company to identify and secure an Australian pop sound. The first band signed is Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs closely followed by the Easybeats and later Ted Mulry Gang and John Paul Young

1968


Ted Albert establishes the Albert Productions record label bringing recording in-house to the Albert Studios (opening 1971)

1974


Ted Albert signs newly-formed rock band AC/DC, later signing The Angels, Rose Tattoo and Stevie Wright. By 1976 AC/DC would sign a worldwide deal with Atlantic Records; and in 1980 Back in Black is released, going on to become one of the highest selling albums of all time

1989


Ted Albert moves into film production with the formation of M&A Productions, engaging young director Baz Luhrmann to write a film adaptation of his stage play Strictly Ballroom for the screen

1992


Strictly Ballroom is released accompanied by Alberts first film soundtrack in collaboration with Baz Luhrmann

1995


Alberts sells its stable of national radio stations to Australian Provincial Newspaper Holdings Ltd

2001


Alexis Albert’s son Robert Albert oversees a joint venture with Wayne Stuart, Piano Australia, to manufacture the high quality, hand crafted and uniquely Australian piano, the Stuart & Sons piano

2004


Robert Albert’s son David Albert joins Alberts, expanding the roster to include hit local acts including Wally DeBacker (Gotye), Josh Pyke, San Cisco, Megan Washington and Tim Levinson (Urthboy)

2009


Alberts in conjunction with APRA AMCOS launch the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. Recent winners include Amy Shark, the Preatures and Megan Washington

2012


The family launch the Tony Foundation, Alberts’ philanthropic arm. Named after Tony Albert it strives to enable positive social outcomes through the power of music. In 2016, Ted Albert’s daughter Emily Albert is appointed Executive Officer of the foundation.

2016


Alberts sells its music publishing business to BMG Rights Management Australia, retaining the publishing catalogues for AC/DC and Vanda, Young & Wright

2019


Now in its fifth generation of family ownership, Alberts launches its new business, Alberts Impact Capital

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