A music business veteran, John Craig founded First Night Records in 1984. Since then, First Night has recorded more than 150 productions becoming the leading independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings.

In July 2019, First Night Records was acquired by Warner Music Group, and is now overseen by WMG™s Arts Music Division led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in the UK.