Cooking Vinyl Group consolidates US activity into one office

The Cooking Vinyl Group has streamlined its activities in the US into a single New York office, which will be led by independent music industry veteran Erik Gilbert.

Gilbert (pictured) previously ran the NY office for CV Group services company Essential Music & Marketing. This operation – and the providing of marketing and distribution services to North American labels including Sumerian, Vagrant, Thirty Tigers, MRI & Razor & Tie – will now be rolled into CV America, which will also include publishing and label activity on behalf of Cooking Vinyl.

CV America will act as a standalone music publisher – signing new writers for the world and exploiting Cooking Vinyl Publishing copyrights in the USA. CV America’s publishing rights will be administered in the UK by Cooking Vinyl Publishing. Gilbert is in the process of finalising sub-publishing deals across the world.

Gilbert said: “The creation of CV America makes complete strategic sense for the entire organisation, especially with the Group’s expansion into licensing and label services. As well as administering Cooking Vinyl publishing activities in the USA, we will also have a budget to sign writers and represent them throughout the world. On that front, there will be exciting announcements in the months ahead.”

Paul Kinder, MD Cooking Vinyl Publishing, added: “CV America is an important development for the CV Group. I am particularly excited about the possibilities that will open up for our writers and artists having our own publishing company in the USA. Erik understands the publishing world very well and will provide an excellent service to both our UK and USA rosters over the coming years.”

Before joining Essential/Cooking Vinyl, was in charge of label acquisition and client strategy at the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA).

He previously started, built, and managed independent labels Asphodel and 75 Ark.Music Business Worldwide

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