FUGA launching new US operation as it signs Tommy Boy deal

Respected technology solutions provider FUGA has signed a deal with historic US label Tommy Boy Entertainment to provide digital distribution.

The agreement will see FUGA handling catalog from artists including Afrika Bambaata, Ghostface Killah, Naughty by Nature and Method Man.

The news comes as FUGA finalizes plans for an American ‘hub’ based in New York.

Set to open later this year,  FUGA Americas will offer localized operational support and marketing services to a growing customer base across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Its longstanding clients in North America include Epitaph Records, Ultra Records and Curb Records.

The New York HQ will be managed by David Driessen, Director of Sales and Client Services, who is relocating from Europe to take up the role.

Driessen’s first hire is Anna Siegel, who joins to handle business development and client relations.

Siegel was previously Director of Marketing and Communications at 7digital, where she led international strategy. Prior to 7digital, she spent over four years in international marketing and business development at independent label Putumayo World Music.

“We’re excited about tommy boy joining ouR tight-knit family.”

Pieter Van Rijn, FUGA

Driessen will continue to oversee FUGA’s global business development team, managing staff on the ground in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Singapore.

Said Rosie Lopez, President, Tommy Boy “It’s great to be working with FUGA, their high end technology will streamline delivery of our repertoire to digital providers across the globe.”

Pieter van Rijn, CEO, FUGA added: “We’re excited about Tommy Boy joining our tight knit family and honoured to be working with Tom, Rosie and their exceptional team.

“Demand for FUGA’s technology and distribution services has guided our decision to set up a dedicated Americas hub, in the capable hands of one of our directors, Dave Driessen. Anna Siegel has fantastic experience and knowledge of the American market, and will be a great asset to that end.”

Tom Silverman, Founder, Tommy Boy added: “It is increasingly important for independent record labels to remain competitive in this period of industry adjustment. FUGA is an important part of the operational setup Tommy Boy has developed to foster artist and catalogue growth.”

Benson Curb, Curb Records concluded: “We’re thrilled with FUGA’s technology platform and services and are very happy about their increased American presence.”

Driessen and team will build on the foundation laid by Chad Tait, FUGA’s Business Development Representative for five years, who moves to artist services company 23/7 Global.

 Connected to over 260 digital service providers worldwide, over 2 million tracks are currently managed from within the FUGA system, with up to 2.5 million deliveries being performed every month.

Established in 2006, FUGA is an independent company headquartered in Amsterdam with an international footprint.

[Pictured L-R: Dave Driessen, Director of Sales and Client Services, Anna Siegel, Business Development and Client Relations, Christiaan Kröner, Director Aggregation & Services and CEO Pieter Van Rijn]Music Business Worldwide

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