12th March 2018: FUGA, the industry-leading technology and services company for international rightsholders, is kicking off 2018 with new hires in London, Milan and New York, new offices and a series of new clients.The global digital distributor, operating out of Amsterdam and New York, has opened premises in London’s Tileyard Studios to accommodate the growing team.
A new hire working from the office is FUGA’s dedicated UK promotions manager, Björn Sandberg.In the US, the digital distributor has signed up multiple new clients, including ReverbNation, the distribution and services platform for emerging artists, serving millions of musicians across the globe. FUGA has also inked a deal with indie label Mom + Pop Music, home to Grammy nominee Courtney Barnett and future bass pioneer Flume. Meanwhile, the New York team has been bolstered by two new hires; former Beatport A&R Gavin Pomerantz, who will be managing promotions in the region and Daniel Komanoff in the role of technical account manager.
Additionally, in Italy FUGA has just opened its first office in Milan. The opening has accompanied a raft of new Italian clients, including Undamento, home to rapper Coez, one of Italy’s biggest artists last year. Other leading local labels Ala Bianca and Hukapan have also signed with FUGA for worldwide distribution. The Milan office will be headed up by Italy MD Lorenzo Grignani, with Massimo Reali as digital label and promotions manager for Italy, both joining from Sounday.This international expansion follows the pledge of six million euros (five million pounds) from the Dutch company’s shareholders last October and a strong period of financial growth for the distributor.
Pieter van Rijn, CEO of FUGA, said: “2018 is already proving a strong year for FUGA. I am pleased to welcome such a spread of experienced new team members and particularly proud to announce the opening of our offices in London and Milan. We are very happy to welcome these established independent record labels and innovative music services to our growing operation.”
Michael Doernberg, CEO of ReverbNation, added: “Over the last few years as streaming consumption has grown, ReverbNation has placed greater emphasis on connecting distribution to
its other core promotional products. FUGA’s platform gives us the technical power we were looking for without us having to sacrifice flexibility.”
FUGA is the largest full-service B2B music distributor in the world. Mixing deep marketing prowess with continual investment in leading technologies, FUGA’s clients – from Armada, Better Noise and Curb to Mom + Pop, mtheory and Ninja Tune – get equal access to its all-encompassing services.
Owned by Downtown Music Holdings, FUGA is one of the very few distributors to sit on the highest preferred partner tiers for Spotify, Apple and all other major DSPs.
FUGA’s global marketing team operates across 17 countries. Together with marketing and distribution, FUGA’s holistic product and services suite – including analytics, royalty accounting, neighbouring rights, rights management and white label services – empower over 800 music rights holders globally._