Veteran Marketing Executive Michael Plen Named Vice President of Marketing and Promotion at Ingrooves Fontana

Bryan Mead, Senior Vice President of INresidence, the artist service division of INgrooves Fontana, announced today the appointment of the highly-respected marketing executive Michael Plen to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Promotion at the company.

“Michael has helped shape the modern music business and is responsible for the development of many iconic artists’ careers,” said Mr. Mead in making the announcement.  “His passion for music and expertise in radio promotion, marketing, brand integration and licensing will be invaluable to INresidence projects as well as the larger INgrooves Fontana label family.”

Mr. Plen comes to INgrooves Fontana from the FADER label where he was Executive Vice President of Marketing, Licensing and Promotion and created and implemented the radio promotion and licensing campaigns for the label’s roster of artists, including Yuna and Matt & Kim, who had a Top 20 Alternative hit with “Let’s Go.”

Plen served the bulk of his career as Senior Vice President of Promotion at Virgin Records America, which he helped start, developing the careers of a wide variety of successful artists.  He led a national promotion team of 37 which was the catalyst for breakthrough cultural trends in the teen pop, reggae, urban, and alternative genres.  During his time at Virgin,

Plen worked closely with such artists as Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Rolling Stones, Daft Punk, Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, N.E.R.D., Massive Attack, Ben Harper, D’Angelo, A Perfect Circle, Blur, The Verve, FatBoy Slim, Blue Man Group and integrated with hundreds of successful film and television soundtrack campaigns.

In the beginning of his career he was instrumental in building the seminal I.R.S. Records label, which was responsible for the careers of such artists as The Police, REM, The Go-Go’s, English Beat, General Public, Wall of Voodoo, Fine Young Cannibals and many others.

“I’m psyched to be working with Bryan, Dave, Robb and Jay at a place that’s truly built on fantastic music and the infinite ways people can discover it technologically and culturally,” said Mr. Plen.  “It feels like a rocket ship-chemistry lab of artistry that is creating new innovation. I’m excited to be part of it.”

More recently, Michael served as Executive Vice President of Promotion and Marketing at Shangri-La Music, where he developed such artists as Band of Skulls, One EskimO, Pretenders and Monsters of Folk.  In 2004 he served as Senior Vice President of Artist Development at Sanctuary Music Group, where he worked with such artists as Ray J, Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Megadeth and the management side of the company.

Mr. Plen will be based in INgrooves Fontana’s Los Angeles offices beginning on April 1.  He can be reached via email at plen@ingroovesfontana.com or mplen@mac.com.

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INgrooves International Expands Roster of Distributed Labels

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New Signings Are Led by Partnership with Leading UK Independent Label Full Time Hobby for North American Distribution Company Set to Expand Presence into Other International Territories

(LONDON) INgrooves International, the UK-based division of INgrooves Fontana, announced today a host of new label signings, including a long term distribution deal with renowned UK indie Full Time Hobby.  Under the new deal, INgrooves International will provide both digital and physical distribution services for Full Time Hobby in North America, giving the label direct access to its market leading digital distribution platform and a suite of label support services, including INgrooves’ recently launched artist services division.

The label’s schedule in 2013 includes highly anticipated albums from The Leisure Society and Tunng, the debut album from latest signing Seams, and a tribute album to singer-songwriter Tim Hardin.

Full Time Hobby join leading UK independent distributors Republic of Music, Code 7 and visionary electronic label Hotflush, in tapping into INgrooves expanded international account management team, led by Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Alex Branson.

“With the addition of the in-house physical distribution capabilities in North America that came with the acquisition of Fontana last year, more UK and European labels are turning to INgrooves for their comprehensive distribution needs in North America,” commented Mr. Branson.

Other worldwide distribution deals recently inked by INgrooves International include; Berlin’s dance imprint Boys Noize, dubstep label Circus Records, Central Europe’s leading drum and bass artists labels Black Sun Empire and Noisia, Ireland’s premiere indie label, Small Town America and the pioneering Drum and Bass imprint Goodlooking, who will be re-launching the label and making its catalogue available digitally for the first time in 2013.

Confirming the signings, INgrooves International Director of Business Development, Quentin Chambers  added, We are thrilled to be working with such inspirational labels and artists. Our recent high profile label signings are testament to INgrooves growing stature internationally, a reputation being built on our world class services and distribution of the highest quality music.”

In addition to the new signings, INgrooves celebrated the holidays with the company’s first-ever distributed UK Christmas Number One Single, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Justice Collective.

INgrooves International has plans to expand its international presence into additional territories in 2013, including Germany and Australia, the fourth and seventh largest music markets in the world respectively.

INgrooves President Dave Zierler commented, “The INgrooves platform was built with the flexibility to deliver music to retailers in any territory around the world, and these new signings are indicative of the continued growth we expect from labels and artists outside the United States. Our plan to add personnel resources in Germany and Australia is reflective of our goal to continue to provide expanded services for our partners wherever they are in the world.”

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.

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Headphone Start-up LSTN Announces Strategic Relationship with INgrooves

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Socially Conscious LSTN Produces High Quality Headphones Made of Reclaimed, Exotic Hardwoods While Providing Help to Hearing Impaired Children Worldwide

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Los Angeles-based start-up LSTN, a designer and producer of high quality headphones made of reclaimed exotic hardwoods, announced today that INgrooves CEO, Robb McDaniels, will be joining its Advisory Board.  Additionally, INgrooves has made a minority investment in LSTN and will provide access to its breadth of artist and music relationships and technology expertise.

LSTN’s unique high quality headphones are made of exotic woods, including beech, cherry and ebony.  The wood is reclaimed from furniture manufacturers – pieces too small for a cabinet, but big enough for headphones.  The wood chambers produce a warm sound that music lovers of all genres are responding to with great enthusiasm.

Each time a pair of LSTN headphones or ear buds is purchased, the company makes a donation to give the gift of hearing to a child via a partnership with SoundSeekers, who puts mobile hearing clinics in villages throughout Southern and Eastern Africa and India, custom fitting hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treating them on the spot.  LSTN was founded last year by music industry veteran Bridget Hilton.

“I’m a huge believer in LSTN,” said INgrooves founder and CEO Robb Mcdaniels.  “Bridget has created a great product – the quality of sound these headphones generate is simply amazing and will appeal to audiophiles around the world.  She’s also found a way to create a socially and environmentally responsible product that gives back to hearing impaired children.  This is exactly the kind of company INgrooves wants to be involved with and we have high hopes for our partnership with LSTN.”

“I’m very encouraged by the attention our product has received from the music industry and the national press,” said Hilton, who formerly did marketing for Universal Music Group.  “Our partnership with Robb and INgrooves will help us assemble the infrastructure we need to build a major music company dedicated to helping others around the world.”

More information on LSTN headphones can be found at www.LSTNheadphones.com.

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Marketing Executive Tim Reid Named Vice President of Product Management, Urban at INgrooves Fontana’s Artist Services Division

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) Bryan Mead, Senior Vice President of INresidence, the artist services division of INgrooves Fontana which was launched last fall, announced today the appointment of industry veteran Tim Reid to the position of Vice President of Product Management, Urban at the company.

“Tim is without a doubt one of the most creative and respected marketing executives in the business and I expect his contribution to our roster will be substantial,” said Mr. Mead in making the announcement.

Mr. Reid comes to INgrooves Fontana from his own marketing company, Pro Franchise Group, which he launched in 2009, working with such successful artists as Jill Scott and Common. In addition, he was also co-Music Supervisor for TV One’s NAACP Award nominated series “Verses & Flow.”   Prior to that he spent a decade as Vice President of Marketing at Interscope/Geffen/A&M, working with Snoop Dogg, Common, The Roots, Mos Def, Avant, and Akon’s Konlive imprint, to name a few.  He played an important role in the success of the groundbreaking independent hip hop label Priority Records which he joined in 1995.  As Director of Marketing at Priority he worked with Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Master P and his No Limit label and with JAY-Z on his debut album Reasonable Doubt.

“With its exceptional distribution and digital platforms serving the creative community, INgrooves Fontana is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” said Mr. Reid.  “I’m looking forward to being an integral part of career building and brand development at INgrooves Fontana to further strengthen our position in the Urban marketplace.”

Mr. Reid will be based in INgrooves Fontana’s Los Angeles offices. 

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. 

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Ingrooves Fontana Creates New Artist Services Business Unit

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(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.

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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.

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.

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Ingrooves Fontana Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Star-studded Celebration

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) The independent music community was in full effect last night at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall as more than 600 INgrooves Fontana employees, investors, business partners and retailers celebrated the company’s 10th Anniversary with an evening of music from some of the most acclaimed independent artists in the world. Performers included the red hot Denver band The Lumineers (Dualtone), Caveman (Fat Possum) and Little Hurricane (Unknown Breakthrough). Music fans were also treated to a surprise performance by newcomer Anna Graceman (Another Girl) and a blistering closing set by The Crystal Method (Tiny e).

Just before introducing The Lumineers, INgrooves Fontana founder and CEO Robb McDaniels, remarked on the company’s incredible story: “We didn’t make it this far all by ourselves,” he said, toasting the collected independent music luminaries. “It took all of you who believed in INgrooves Fontana to help us reach this milestone and we want to thank every single one of you for helping us get here.”

And then it was all about the music, as the indie music world rocked into the wee hours of Friday morning, celebrating a decade since INgrooves’ emergence onto the digital music scene in 2002.

The evening’s festivities capped off a day of meetings led by INgrooves Fontana President David Zierler with the company’s distributed label clients. The day-long program featured presentations by Youtube, Vevo and Pledgemusic, as well as luncheon roundtables with such partners as Topspin, SoundCloud, Rightsflow, Manatt, SONOS, Lyric Financial, TEC Direct, Play MPE and Creative Allies.

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

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Ingrooves Fontana Teams With Pledgemusic to Provide New Direct-to-Fan Retail Channel for Independent Labels

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(SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK) July 19th 2012, INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors and PledgeMusic, a quickly growing global provider of direct-to-fan experiences for the music business community, announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement to create a brand new direct-to-fan retail channel for INgrooves Fontana label clients globally.  This deal expands PledgeMusic’s offerings well beyond the crowd-sourcing arena, transforming the company into a premiere retail and marketing platform for projects of all sizes.

Beginning this month, INgrooves Fontana clients will have access to the PledgeMusic platform directly from their Client Console.  PledgeMusic enables labels and artists to expand the life of any project by giving their most passionate fans access to purchase experiences and products well before the first note is even recorded.  This is the first time PledgeMusic has partnered directly with a music distributor and represents a significant step towards redefining the traditional record label marketing plan and album release strategy.  Both companies will work closely with labels on campaign conception and marketing execution.

Founded in 2009, PledgeMusic was initially created as a crowd sourced direct-to-fan platform for musicians.  Through PledgeMusic’s campaigns, artists give fans access to anything from unique in-person experiences and opportunities to the more traditional products like limited edition releases, signed artwork, special recordings and more.  Recently PledgeMusic has attracted such established artists as Ben Folds Five, The Libertines, The Lumineers and many others who recognize the platform’s marketing muscle.

“This partnership gives all of our labels turn-key access to a platform they can utilize to engage their hardcore fans like never before,” said Bryan Mead, INgrooves Fontana Senior Vice President of Artist and Label Services.  “PledgeMusic is an amazing marketing and sales tool for any artist who wants to forge a deeper relationship with their fans.”

“INgrooves Fontana is a very forward thinking, imaginative company and the perfect partner for PledgeMusic,” said the company’s founder and CEO Benji Rogers.  “Our partnership will empower labels and their artists to connect with their fans as never before.  The potential for creativity is limitless and this deal should spark a new wave of excitement within the indie label community.”

One of the first projects under the new deal will be a brand new album by the acclaimed hard rock band Coheed and Cambria.   The INgrooves Fontana/PledgeMusic campaign will launch later this summer, months before the traditional album street date.

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

ABOUT PLEDGEMUSIC

PledgeMusic is a full-service company offering a direct-to-fan system that maximizes an artist’s exposure, getting their music out to the world while engaging fans through exclusives and a level of backstage access they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Launched in 2009 by independent musician Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic works with a wide range of artists from acts just starting out to more well-known bands on labels. Successful campaigns include Rachael YamagataRhett MillerThe LibertinesJuliana HatfieldLuscious JacksonDavid Lynch Foundation Music, The DamnwellsFuneral for a FriendMargot & the Nuclear So and So’s,Madi DiazThe LumineersKopecky Family Band and more. The platform has generated six Top 40 albums, and is currently launching and releasing two albums per day.

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Ingrooves Fontana Releases Dominate the Independent Chart

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) The acquisition of Fontana Distribution by the San Francisco-based independent music distributor INgrooves, which closed in March of this year, is already exceeding expectations for the combined companies and their clients.

This week alone, INgrooves Fontana clients have 40 albums in the Top 200 of the Billboard Independent Albums Chart – that’s 20% of the titles on the chart and a brand new record for the company. Since the acquisition, INgrooves Fontana, has had 12 albums debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart (*a complete list is below).

INgrooves Fontana has been making noise on the big chart as well. Since March 1 the company has had three albums debut in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 Chart, including Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain, Silversun Pickups’ Neck Of The Woods and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ Here.This week saw the INgrooves Fontana distributed Rock of Ages (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) enter the Top 200 at Number 15, an amazing showing considering the film doesn’t open until this weekend.

“The performance of our labels’ releases on the charts has been extraordinary,” said Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO of INgrooves Fontana. “It’s a testament to the talent and focus of our combined teams that they have been able to integrate so effectively over the past three months. There is no doubt that 2012, our 10th anniversary year, will be our best ever.”

INgrooves Fontana Top 10 Indie Debuts Since March 1

 

Artist
Album
Rock of Ages  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album
The Lumineers The Lumineers
Bassnectar Vava Voom
Spiritualized Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
Barry Manilow Live In London
Marilyn Manson  Born Villain
Silversun Pickups Neck Of The Woods
Garbage Not Your People
Joe Bonamassa Driving Towards The Light
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Here
cranberries Roses
Tech N9ne Klusterf**k EP

 

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Ingrooves Fontana Adds Five New Preferred Partners, Giving Clients Access to Even More Outside Services at Favored Rates

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INgrooves Fontana announced today that they have added five new vendors to the company’s list of preferred partners.  The new additions bring INgrooves Fontana’s preferred client list to nearly 20 in all, including such well known brands as Topspin, ReverbNation, Mobile Roadie and SoundCloud, which the company fully integrated into its client console earlier this year.

These new additions give INgrooves Fontana clients immediate access to the following valuable services:

  • ONErpm
    An integrated Direct to Fan platform that allows clients to easily set up stores on Facebook.
  • Uncommon
    Provider of custom, artist-branded iPhone cases available to INgrooves Fontana clients, which are printed on-demand and can be sold via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • StoryAmp
    A website providing labels and musicians a vehicle to get press releases, concert information, music, and photographs to relevant journalists across the country at no cost.
  • BandArt
    Powered by Creative Allies, BandArt enables bands and brands to easily set-up and manage a design contest for logos, apparel, posters, packaging and more via a custom Facebook application.
  • Audiolock
    Offering complete protection against piracy on a central platform – from creating and managing secure, traceable, watermarked digital promos through to a range of anti-piracy scanning and takedown services.

“We are always striving to help our clients diversify, enhance and protect their revenue streams,” said Jeff Straw, Director of Marketing Services and Licensing for INgrooves Fontana.  “The addition of these new preferred partners gives our clients easy access to valuable and useful services for their releases, all at preferred rates.”

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