New Horizons Music Ltd was formed by Rory Ridley-Duff and Stephen Anscombe (the founders of Protos) after being approached by a Japanese progressive rock magazine (Marquee) with the idea of distributing their popular album One Day a New Horizon in the Far East. The company is now organising availability of its catalogue worldwide with various distributors. Other company members include Caroline Ridley-Duff (Rory's wife) and Nigel Rippon (former band members in Protos). Our thanks also to Iain Carnegie for his initial support for the company.
In 2006/2007, the main goal is to establish Protos again as an active musical force. This centres around a programme of CD re-issues and public releases of Rory's solo work. Towards the end of 2007, Protos will release its first album for 25 years. In 2008 and beyond, Protos and Rory will continue to release albums, but we also want to promote the work of other artists (e.g. Stone Cold, Nigel's band of 20 years standing) as well as artists from around the world who we strongly believe should have their place in the music industry and music history. To this end, we've opened discussions with Robert Fowler in Seattle, and will approach other artists in due course.
In addition to offering music, the company is contributing to the development of business ideas, particularly 'social enterprise'. In 2001, Rory worked with the founders of Democratic Business Ltd to create a company form that regards suppliers of labour and capital as equal members. Each are entitled to a share of profits and an equal voice in governance. Surpluses are currently distributed on a 50/50 basis between those who invest labour and/or financial capital.
If you wish to support or join this venture, please read our Articles of Association as these form an important part of contracts between the company, artists and supporting organisations.
Dr Rory Ridley-Duff