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INGROOVES FONTANA CREATES NEW ARTIST SERVICES BUSINESS UNIT

 “INresidence” to Meet Needs of Growing Independent Label Community 

Highly Acclaimed UK Artist Kate Nash to be First INresidence Artist

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)       INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading global independent music distributors, today announced the creation of INresidence Artist Services, the company’s in-house artist marketing and promotion division.  INresidence will provide select INgrooves Fontana clients with streamlined access to product management, radio and video promotion, sync licensing, online marketing, publicity support and branding and sponsorship services.

“As more artists release music independently and independent labels look to become more efficient, we see an opportunity to provide our clients with the centralized resources to more effectively develop their projects given the new realities of the marketplace,” said INgrooves Fontana President Dave Zierler.  “Our INresidence division provides independent labels and established artists with an easy means to access a complete suite of services for projects that warrant a comprehensive marketing and promotion push.”

The division will be led by veteran sales and marketing executive Bryan Mead who has been named Senior Vice President of the new division.  “We are staffing INresidence with executives who are not only experts in their respective fields, but who live and breathe music,” said Mr. Mead.  “We will partner with artists, managers and labels in a collaborative environment, serving all of their marketing needs.”  The INresidence team currently has six dedicated staff and will be expanding in the coming months.

The first artist to tap into the INresidence Artist Services group is the much acclaimed UK singer/songwriter Kate Nash who will release a new EP entitled Death Proof on November 19th and a full length album in Spring 2013 via her Have 10p Records label, distributed by INgrooves Fontana.

Ms. Nash is taking the unique step of partnering with PledgeMusic, with whom INgrooves Fontana announced a retail partnership earlier this year, to engage her loyal fans months before her new album is released.  Fans who participate in the PledgeMusic campaign will get behind-the-scenes access to the album making process directly from Kate, along with exclusive members only content.

“Bryan and Dave have launched a timely and effective artist solution in our ever adapting climate,” said Kate Nash manager Deb Fenstermacher.  “With INresidence they have hit the nail on the head!  Coupling a versatile and artist friendly platform with the support of their talented and experienced team, gives us the confidence every effort will be made to ensure the partnership is a success.”

The INresidence division will be housed in INgrooves Fontana’s Los Angeles offices.

INGROOVES FONTANA EXPANDS SALES FORCE TO MEET GROWING NEEDS OF DISTRIBUTION CLIENTS

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)    INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors, announced today an expansion and realignment of the company’s North American sales team.  The staff changes strengthen the company’s physical sales force and make additional analytical and strategic resources available to label business partners.

In making the announcement, INgrooves Fontana President Dave Zierler commented, “These personnel changes realign our sales team to provide our distributed labels with complete support at all levels of physical and digital retail, including additional resources for strategic release planning, new retail channel expansion and catalog analysis and development.  With this new sales team in place, led by General Manager Amy Dietz, INgrooves Fontana is well positioned to continue to play a pivotal role in the ongoing success of our clients’ projects as we move into our second decade in business.”

Changes to the INgrooves Fontana sales team include:

  • Kevin Engler, Sr. Director, Sales & Label Management

Mr. Engler will oversee the physical account sales and label management teams with a focus on managing new release strategy.

  • Kate Nunes, Senior Director of Sales

Ms. Nunes will manage the global Digital Sales teams in San Francisco and London, working closely with the accounts overseeing all sales & marketing efforts.

  • Duke Davis, Director, Catalog and Analysis.

Mr. Davis will focus on catalog strategies, maximizing analytical tools for the INgrooves Fontana label roster.

  • Steve Rood, National Account Manager 

Mr. Rood will be focused on the Anderson (Best Buy, Wal-Mart) and Target accounts.

  • Tim Zeigler, National Account Manager

Mr. Zeigler will be focused on the Amazon account, and will also service Starbucks and Microsoft.

The new sales team will be lead by Vice President of Sales, Lloyd Hummel, who is based in Los Angeles.  Mr. Hummel will take on a more strategic role, overseeing physical production and label management in addition to guiding the sales team.  He will report directly to INgrooves Fontana General Manager, Amy Dietz.

Bryan Mead, a longtime Fontana and UMGD executive, will spearhead the company’s formation of a brand new Artists Services Group, “INresidence,” which will provide clients with expanded marketing and artist development services.  Currently an eight person team, INresidence will provide product management, online marketing, radio promotion, synchronization and other value added services on a project specific basis.  The INresidence team is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

In the spring of this year, INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group, creating one of the largest global independent music distributors in the world.  Founded in 2002, INgrooves Fontana is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA

INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vlautin at SpinLab Communications at jv@spinlab.net or 818-763-9800 or

Alicia Giesen at INgrooves Fontana at agiesen@ingroovesfontana.com or 415-489-1466