Former ADA, Cooking Vinyl and Essential execs launch Curve Royalty Systems

Former ADA, Cooking Vinyl and Essential executives have launched a new music accounting platform, Curve Royalty Systems.

The UK-based platform’s first clients include Hospital Records and publishing division Songs in the Key of Knife, together with Sky TV, Cooking Vinyl Group and The Music Royalty Co.

The company was founded by three specialists with a combined 45 years’ experience in digital and royalties.

Curve’s General Manager is Richard Leach, who recently left his role as ADA’s Digital Sales & Strategy Director to take up the post.

Technology Director Tom Allen, previously Digital Distribution Manager at Essential and founder of digital development consultancy Metable, is lead architect.

Ray Bush, who founded The Music Royalty Co. and met Leach and Allen while running the royalty team at Cooking Vinyl and Essential, takes up the role of Finance Director.

The founders spent two years developing the software and migrating over The Music Royalty Co.’s 75-strong client list ahead of launch.

“The Curve platform is a best-in-class tool that I believe sets a new bar for clear reporting to labels and artists & alleviate the pressures of timely statements and payments”

Richard Leach

Said Leach: “Over the 15 years I have worked in global distribution of independent labels and artists I have seen time and again how the task of royalty processing can hamstring businesses, damage client relations and burn out staff members.

“The Curve platform is a best-in-class tool that I believe sets a new bar for clear reporting to labels and artists & alleviate the pressures of timely statements and payments. I am so excited to work with Tom & Ray to bring Curve to market to help the industry thrive in the digital age.”

“We moved to Curve in 2018 and were immediately impressed with the usability and transparency of the platform.”

Craig Dawson, Hospital Records

Craig Dawson at Hospital Records / Songs In The Key of Knife, added: “We moved to Curve in 2018 and were immediately impressed with the usability and transparency of the platform.

“The switch and onboarding process was seamless thanks to Tom and the team’s prompt help. The speed of reports and sales uploads have improved the efficiency of our royalty department.”

“After several years using flawed expensive systems and frustrating support desks, the natural step was to engineer a system to remove all our pain points and help us scale the business.”

Ray Bush

Added Bush, who is also Finance Director to Cooking Vinyl and Fat Cat: “After several years using flawed expensive systems and frustrating support desks, the natural step was to engineer a system to remove all our pain points and help us scale the business.

“Having Curve has completely changed the way our business operates. Fast processing speeds, more client & artist transparency, no system bugs and less staff performing mundane jobs. Curve is the perfect royalty software partner.”

Pictured [Left-Right]: Richard Leach, Ray Bush and Tom Allen.Music Business Worldwide