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Utopia Music acquires Sentric Music Group and launches its Royalty Management Services

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Utopia Music's buying spree shows no signs of slowing down: a few weeks after announcing the acquisition of distributor Proper Music Group, the Swiss-based company has added independent music publisher Sentric Music Group to its fold. Specifics of the deal were not disclosed.

Sentric will be central to the launch of Utopia's new Royalty Management Services business unit. Based in Liverpool, the new unit will be led by Sentric CEO Chris Meehan, who takes on the position of Vice President of R...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Scott Williams promoted to the position of President of Downtown-owned CD Baby

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Downtown Music Holdings has promoted Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby, the distribution company for independent artists, and Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service.

Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby. Based in Portland, Oregon, he reports to Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. He replaces Joel Andrew who worked for 18 years at CD Baby, and served for the past two years as President. Andrew is understood to have left t...

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Your Music Your Future Int’l campaign against buyouts gets German adaptation

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The global education campaign against buyouts, Your Music Your Future International (YMYFI), has launched in German, with information helping composers better understand their options when faced with buyout offers by users of their works.

The new German site has gone live in June 2022, and is the product of a collaboration between German music rights society GEMA and CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. It provides in-depth information about buyouts —...

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records pick Utopia-owned Proper for global distribution

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records — both part of Reservoir Media's group of companies — have signed a distribution deal for the world (exclusing America) with distributor Proper, part of the Utopia group of companies, effective July 1, 2022.

The deal covers physical distribution and D2C of catalogue for both labels. Proper will also power the back-end for Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records’ direct-to-consumer business.

The first releases from Chrysalis include multi-disc CD box sets fr...

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