Glassnote signs global Universal distribution deal

Mumford & Sons’ US indie label, Glassnote Entertainment Group, has signed a global agreement under which Universal Music Group will become the exclusive worldwide distributor of the firm’s recordings (excluding Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).

Based in New York City, Glassnote was founded in 2007 by widely respected A&R and entrepreneur Daniel Glass. It is home to Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, GIVERS, Childish Gambino, Oberhofer, Daughter, Robert DeLong, Little Green Cars, CHVRCHES and more

The multi-year agreement with UMG will enable Glassnote’s roster to leverage Universal’s global physical and digital distribution resources.

In the U.S., Glassnote will be distributed by UMG’s distribution unit (UMGD), while outside the U.S. (excluding Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), Glassnote will be distributed by Caroline, UMG’s independent distribution arm.

Glassnote will continue its pre-existing relationship with UMG in Canada. International releases for Mumford & Sons and CHVRCHES will continue to be handled by UMG’s Island Records UK and Virgin EMI UK, respectively, to which the artist are signed directly.

Meanwhile, Glassnote has also announced the launch of its affiliate company Resolved.  Resolved, which will also be distributed by UMG, aims to provide resources, marketing and operational support to entrepreneurs in music and small indie labels. It will also offer mentorship and strategic guidance to these entrepreneurs with the goal of helping them grow their businesses creatively and commercially.

Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said, “As a company that places entrepreneurs at the center of our business, we are particularly pleased to welcome Glassnote and Resolved to the Universal Music family.  Daniel Glass is, quite simply, one of the most successful label entrepreneurs of the last decade.  He represents the kind of innovation and creativity that defines who we are and who we aspire to be as an organization, and we’re looking forward to many years of collaboration and growth together.”

Daniel Glass, President and Founder of Glassnote Entertainment Group, states, “We are honored and excited to embark on this new journey with Universal. Lucian understood our vision from the start and his embrace of passionate, creative, entrepreneurs makes Universal the perfect home for our companies.”

This agreement adds to the existing relationship between Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and Insieme Music Publishing, Glassnote’s affiliate publishing company.

UMPG serves as the exclusive administrator of Insieme’s songs from Cara Salimando, Robert DeLong, Deap Vally, GIVERS, Oberhofer, Half Moon Run, HOLYCHILD and Jeremy Messersmith.Music Business Worldwide

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