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  • The Orchard Inks Global Distribution Partnership Deal With Glassnote Records

    Jun 21, 2022

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    The Orchard Inks Global Distribution Partnership Deal With Glassnote Records

    Jun 21, 2022

     The Orchard and Glassnote Records today announced a global distribution partnership. Under the agreement, The Orchard will provide the indie giant’s full artist roster with a worldwide network of services and capabilities. Started in 2007 by Daniel Glass, Glassnote Records is home to Grammy Award-winning acts like Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, as well as CHVRCHES, AURORA, Two Door Cinema Club, Daughter, and more. The label originally joined RED Distribution, a subsidiary of Sony Music Group in 2008 and now returns to the Sony Music Group family with The Orchard partnership.  

    Within the last decade, Glassnote Records garnered success with releases like the Grammy-Award Winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009) album by French indie pop band Phoenix; Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (2009) and Babel (2012), which won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2013; and Childish Gambino’s Camp (2011) Because The Internet (2013) and Awaken My Love (2016) albums. 

    “The Glassnote Records team has built a home for artists that supports and cultivates creativity,” said Brad Navin, CEO, The Orchard. “As a strategic partner, The Orchard will continue to empower and reinforce their creative vision, and help all artists under the partnership expand their reach in international markets.”

    “The Glassnote Team is thrilled to be working with The Orchard,” said Daniel Glass, President & Founder, Glassnote Records. “The global reach and expertise of their team in both digital and traditional distribution will be an asset to our talented roster and the slate of incredible releases we have coming.”

    About Glassnote
    Glassnote Records is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, CHVRCHES, AURORA, Two Door Cinema Club, Hamilton Leithauser, Ripe, Daughter, Flight Facilities, The Strumbellas, Dylan Cartlidge, Jade Bird and more. Glassnote has been hailed as the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awards, “#1 Independent Label” by Billboard and Pigeons & Planes has described them as “a powerhouse in the world of indie labels.”

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences. Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Artist Distribution and Services Company Human Re Sources Opens Workspace in Atlanta

    Apr 13, 2022

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    Artist Distribution and Services Company Human Re Sources Opens Workspace in Atlanta

    Apr 13, 2022

    Los Angeles-based artist distribution and services company Human Re Sources announced today it will be expanding and opening a new communal workspace in Atlanta, GA. The new workspace will house two new recording studios, which will be used for artists to record music, and will provide meeting and event space. 

    Mark Jackson, who is currently the Creative Director for the Trap Museum, joins the company as Vice President, Head of Human Re Sources, Atlanta, reporting to J. Erving, Executive Vice President, The Orchard/CEO & Founder, Human Re Sources. As the new Head of Atlanta, Jackson will provide local expertise, and build out Human Re Sources’ roster of artist clients in the region with support from The Orchard.

    Prior to joining Human Re Sources, Jackson led the A&R division for Grand Hustle Records, founded by rapper T.I. During his time, he worked with artists Travis Scott, Trae tha Truth, Young Dro, Tokyo Jetz and Doe B. With more than 15 years of music experience, Jackson lent his expertise as a consultant to EMPIRE Distribution.

    In December 2020, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Human Re Sources. The company then became part of The Orchard’s global distribution and artist and label services brand. Under J. Erving’s leadership, Human Re Sources has signed and developed artists such as Brent Faiyaz, Cordae, YBN Nahmir, Pink Sweat$, Baby Rose, Bren Joy and added artists like 2Tone and Grip, Jensen McRae, and Grammy-nominated Ant Clemons to The Orchard’s roster. 

    “Human Re Sources has always been for the culture. I look forward to expanding its presence across the South and finding raw talent that will move the needle,” said Mark Jackson. “This workspace will offer a home for artists, and we hope to inspire creativity as well as engrain the Human Re Sources brand into Atlanta’s musical DNA.”

    “With this expansion, Human Re Sources will now have an official home in the South. Atlanta is a hot bed for Hip Hop, and for some time now has been leading the charge in the music industry,” said J. Erving, Executive Vice President, The Orchard/Founder and CEO, Human Re Sources. “Having a major player like Mark, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge, will help us build vested relationships in the region and develop the best talent.”

    About Human Re Sources
    Launched in 2017 by founder and CEO J Erving, Human Re Sources is a formidable independent powerhouse of talent development. The black-owned Los Angeles-based digital-distribution company has quickly become a key player and ranks among the Top 10 independent distributors in the music industry. Human Re Sources is recognized for routinely shepherding previously unknown talent into major-label ready stars, as evident from their work with YBN Nahmir (two Platinum single certifications), to Pink Sweats, whose single “Honesty” was certified Platinum in July 2020, and gold singles with both Brent Faiyaz and Cordae. 

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences. Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. Championed by an exceptional community of music lovers and experts, The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

     

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  • Sony Music Entertainment Acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights Cleared in CMA Final Report

    Mar 16, 2022

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    Sony Music Entertainment Acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights Cleared in CMA Final Report

    Mar 16, 2022

    On March 16, 2022, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Final Report on the acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights. The full press release from the CMA can be found here.

    This Final Report approves Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) acquisition of Kobalt’s recorded music operations, including AWAL, a leading provider of services to independent recording artists, and Neighbouring Rights, one of the leading performance rights collection agencies for artists and independent labels worldwide, announced in February 2021.

    Sony Music Entertainment said:

    “We welcome the decision by the CMA to clear Sony Music’s acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights, allowing us to focus on offering the best service for their artists, in an intensely competitive market with multiple competitors and many offerings. This is the start of an exciting new venture for SME, AWAL and Neighbouring Rights, and ensures we can continue to deliver real benefits for artists globally as the music industry continues to evolve.”

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  • The Orchard Expands its Artist & Label Roster and Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Jan 06, 2022

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    The Orchard Expands its Artist & Label Roster and Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Jan 06, 2022

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    The Orchard Expands its Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Mpumi Phillips, Ikechukwu Onuorah and Beth Achitsa join the company in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria

    Local artist and label signees include Busiswa, Naira Marley, Juls, Ambitiouz Entertainment, 

    Ghetto Ruff, Bongo Records and more

     

     The Orchard today announced its continued growth across the African continent with key executive hires: 

    • Mpumi Phillips, Director of Distribution, will lead the company’s Johannesburg, South Africa office;
    • Ikechukwu Onuorah, Director, Nigeria in Lagos, Nigeria; 
    • and Beth Achitsa, Artist & Label Relations Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. 

    Collectively, these new executives will provide local distribution expertise, release strategy, and regional support to The Orchard’s extensive roster of artist and label clients, while focusing on expanding the reach of African artists to global audiences. Phillips, Achitsa and Onuorah will report to Ben Oldfield, Vice President, Africa.

    Mpumi Phillips comes to The Orchard with almost 20 years of industry experience, starting her career as a label manager at Ghetto Ruff before spending 10 years at Sheer Publishing. Ikechukwu Onuorah started his career in London where he gained experience in booking, artist and stage management, festival planning and more. Onuorah previously held positions at Urban Soul Orchestra, Artiste Manager Association Nigeria and the Gidi Culture Festival. In East Africa, Beth Achitsa brings to The Orchard years of festival experience including her position as the Production Lead for the East Africa Music Summit and work with the Lola Kenya Screen festival. 

    “The Orchard’s expansion into this musically rich continent will connect artists to fans all over the globe,” said Ben Oldfield, Vice President, Africa, The Orchard. “Growing our presence with local leadership in these three key markets cements our long-term commitment to artists and labels in Africa, and ensures we have trusted leaders on the ground who truly appreciate, value and understand these varying cultures.”

    “I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with South African artists and labels while expanding their global reach through the innovative network that The Orchard has to offer,” said Mpumi Phillips. “The company is renowned for always putting its clients first and my focus will be to build long term relationships and empower entrepreneurs in South Africa through all the work that we do.”

    “The Orchard’s key strength is its ability to support clients while pushing them to achieve maximum exposure through global reach, whilst at the same time being flexible in its approach and tailoring services to the unique circumstances of the continent,” said Ikechukwu Onuorah. “Most importantly, the company is strongly committed to contributing to the expansion of West Africa by supporting initiatives that empower and sustain economic growth.”

    “The Orchard’s expansion into East Africa means we can be much more hands-on with our artists on the ground,” added Beth Achitsa. “For such a young market where the streaming business is on the rise, it gives me great pleasure to be a part of a global team, serving our labels and partners with local solutions while enabling them to build their businesses globally.”

    In addition to these new executives, The Orchard has also grown its artist and label roster across the continent. Dubbed by Rolling Stone as the leader of the Amapiano genre, Busiswa joins The Orchard in South Africa along with artists BlaQ Diamond, Babes Wodumo and Vusi Nova, and labels Ambitiouz Entertainment and Ghetto Ruff. In West Africa, Lady Donli, Wavy the Creator, Zinoleevsky, Mohbad, Ghanaian Banku producer Juls, Naira Marley and Marlian Music have joined; and in East Africa, artists and labels that have joined The Orchard include Tetu Shani, Maurice Kirya, Bushali, Eric Wainaina, Green Ferry and Bongo Records. 

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    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences.  Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Priya Dewan Promoted to VP, International Marketing, Asia Pacific and MD, Southeast Asia and Korea at The Orchard

    Nov 15, 2021

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    Priya Dewan Promoted to VP, International Marketing, Asia Pacific and MD, Southeast Asia and Korea at The Orchard

    Nov 15, 2021

     Today, The Orchard announced Priya Dewan has been promoted to the Vice President of International Marketing, Asia Pacific (APAC), in addition to Managing Director of Southeast Asia and Korea. The newly appointed Vice President position marks the company’s first Pan-Asian management role. Dewan’s promotion follows the company’s substantial growth in the market, and the need for expansion to provide additional on the ground support to artists and labels in the region. 

    Previously, Dewan held the Vice President of Southeast Asia and South Korea position, and was responsible for leading The Orchard’s teams in the region, providing expertise, release strategy, and regional support; as well as creating a pipeline for artists locally to new international audiences.

    Dewan is responsible for signing The Orchard’s priority labels in the region, including BTS’ label BIGHIT Music and JYP Entertainment – whose roster includes ITZY, Stray Kids and more. In addition to being recognized by Billboard as a 2021 International Power Player, she has 18 years of music industry experience, and previously held a position at UK-based label Warp Records as the Label Manager for North America. Dewan has also represented artists touring in Asia, including CHVRCHES, YUNA, Flying Lotus and Bicep. She will report to Colleen Theis, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer.

    Recently, The Orchard launched its office in Indonesia, with Arie Legowo, as Head of Indonesia, and Gyscha Rendy, as Client Services Manager, Southeast Asia, leading operations. Both Legowo and Rendy will report to Dewan in their new roles. In addition to South Korea, The Orchard’s newly expanded reach across Asia now includes an on-the-ground presence in Greater China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines. 

    “The Orchard’s Pan-Asian expansion further amplifies the amazing success we’ve had connecting artists and labels from the region with fans around the world,” said Colleen Theis, COO, The Orchard. “Priya’s leadership and proven expertise at identifying and developing talent will continue to create new opportunities for our clients.”

    “In this new role I look forward to helping more clients from across the region achieve greater success by providing more access to our global tools and teams,” said Priya Dewan. “This also includes exploring bigger opportunities for our entire catalogue with our international Digital Service Providers across the Asia-Pacific region.”

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 offices worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

     

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  • The Orchard Launches its Ad Sales Division Providing Brands and Advertisers Direct Access to its Global Video Network

    Oct 06, 2021

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    The Orchard Launches its Ad Sales Division Providing Brands and Advertisers Direct Access to its Global Video Network

    Oct 06, 2021

    Leading global music distributor The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, announced today details around its new Ad Sales division, which will work to connect brands and advertisers to larger audiences through utilizing The Orchard’s extensive YouTube portfolio. Eric Tjahyadi has joined the company as Vice President, Ad Sales, to lead the new department, and will report to Mathew Reiffe, The Orchard’s Senior Vice President, Global Business and Partner Development.

    Prior to joining The Orchard’s newly created ad sales division, Tjahyadi led west coast sales at BroadbandTV and spent nine years at NBCUniversal as a multi-platform digital specialist, where he was a part of NBCUniversal’s TV Everywhere initiative and first splash into YouTube & Snap original programming.

    The Orchard owns and operates the third largest music video portfolio on YouTube, and represents artists and channels across all genres. Included in the network are artists like Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Duki, Nio Garcia, Yandel, Anuel AA, Alan Walker, and leading entertainment companies such as Vietnamese-based Thuy Nga and top children’s network The Kiboomers. The Orchard has the top Spanish Language and Regional Mexican Music portfolios on YouTube, as well as the leading Portuguese Music portfolio in the US, led by the Brazilian powerhouse KondZilla. Comscore data highlights The Orchard as over-indexing in key multicultural categories, including bilingual audiences, LatinX audiences, and Black/African American audiences. 

    The Orchard’s newly launched division has already generated successful campaigns with brands like Toyota, Universal Pictures, Jack in the Box & Wells Fargo. The Orchard has enabled these brands to reach valuable and highly sought after multicultural audiences in the US.

    “In light of increasing demand for premium multicultural content in the ad marketplace, I am proud to represent The Orchard’s diverse portfolio of global music artists that exemplifies quality, engagement, and cultural resonance,” said Eric Tjahyadi, VP, Ad Sales, The Orchard.  “Multiculturalism is at the core of every marketer’s conversation today and it has never been a more important time to be a part of this movement.”

    “With a global portfolio of highly sought after premium music video content, we’re able to offer advertisers the ability to reach segments of consumers at a scale that others are unable to.” said Prashant Bahadur, EVP, Head of Strategy, The Orchard. “The early momentum we’ve had so far in the current ad marketplace only proves that the demand for multicultural and globally influenced premium content has never been more in demand and we are open for business.”

    For more information on The Orchard’s Ad Sales offering please click here.

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 offices worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

     

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  • KGV Kiran Kumar Joins The Orchard To Head India Business Operations

    Sep 22, 2021

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    KGV Kiran Kumar Joins The Orchard To Head India Business Operations

    Sep 22, 2021

    The Orchard today announced KGV Kiran Kumar has joined the company as the Country Head, India. KGV will head all business operations for the territory and report to Prashant Bahadur, The Orchard’s EVP, Head of Strategy. Based in Mumbai, India, KGV will utilize his expertise to expand The Orchard’s business and growth strategy across the key global music territory. 

    KGV comes to The Orchard with two decades of cross-industry experience in banking, telecom, tech and music. Most recently, he was the Distribution Director – Label & Artist Solutions, India, at independent distributor Believe, where he led robust growth over three fiscal years while mentoring and managing a large team. KGV has also held previous roles at leading record label Saregama India, Onmobile Global LTD., VoiceGate Technologies, Bharti Airtel and ICICI Bank.

     “I am both delighted and honored to join The Orchard family,” said KGV Kiran Kumar. “It is a great time for the Indian music industry with the rise of regional music, increasing collaboration opportunities for artists, emergence of short format social music and a progressive shift in consumer behavior towards music consumption setting a level playing field. With The Orchard’s comprehensive suite of services I’m looking forward to helping create an innovative global pipeline of audience development for local artists and labels backed by premium distribution services.”

    “KGV’s expertise in the market is invaluable, ” said Prashant Bahadur, EVP, Head of Strategy, The Orchard. “India is a key growth territory for The Orchard, and KGV is a vested local player who understands long-term strategy and the growing music scene while delivering results. We are happy to welcome him to The Orchard family.”

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 offices worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Maik Pallasch Joins The Orchard As The MD of GSA, Eastern Europe and Russia

    Sep 15, 2021

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    Maik Pallasch Joins The Orchard As The MD of GSA, Eastern Europe and Russia

    Sep 15, 2021

    Maik Pallasch Joins The Orchard As The Managing Director of GSA, Eastern Europe and Russia

    (New York, NY – 15.09.2021) – The Orchard today announced Maik Pallasch will join the company as the Managing Director, GSA, Eastern Europe and Russia on October 1st. Based in Berlin, Germany, Maik will succeed music veteran Manlio Celotti, The Orchard’s current Managing Director for the territory, who will transition to a Senior Consultant role starting in 2022. In his new role, Manlio will continue to provide strategy and support to The Orchard’s executive team and key clients. Both Maik and Manlio will work in tandem to provide expertise in the territory through the end of 2021. Maik will report to The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer, Colleen Theis.

    Maik brings extensive leadership experience to The Orchard, most recently as the Head Of Music GSA at Spotify, Berlin, where he led the music functions for GSA including editorial, and artist & label partnerships, while continuing to develop overall strategies for the GSA marketplace. Prior to Spotify, Maik was the Managing Director, GSA for BMG Rights Management, and has held creative and management roles at Sony Music Publishing Germany, Miraumusik Records & Publishing, B612 Publishing, Suction Records, Pilatuspool Studios and Motor Music.

    “I am very much looking forward to working with the team, and artists and label partners at The Orchard,” said Maik Pallasch. “It’s impressive to see how The Orchard is positioned with its great team, leading technology and international reach. The company has continued to provide the tools to help navigate the current and future challenges client partners face in this ever-changing music market. I am very grateful that Manlio, who has played a vital role in the success of The Orchard, will remain on board through the end of 2021.”

    “The past seven years at The Orchard have been incredible. I’m honored to be part of such a dynamic global team,” said Manlio Celotti. “Most importantly, I am proud of what we’ve built locally. The team has hit milestones, broken records, successfully integrated businesses and contributed to the growth of the company in the GSA, Eastern Europe, and Russia territories. I see my ‘start up’ mission as complete, and will be stepping down to give myself more private time, while continuing to support the company’s global vision. Maik’s experience is perfect to take The Orchard to the next level. I cannot think of a better person to lead the charge as the new Managing Director and I am honored to welcome him to the company.”

    The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 markets worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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