Kobalt signs neighboring rights deal with Secretly Distribution

Kobalt today announced that Secretly Distribution has signed a global neighboring rights deal (via its affiliate BWSCD UK Limited).

The deal includes recordings distributed by Secretly Distribution in several key European, Latin American, African and Asian territories.

This includes recordings by artists such as Bon Iver (pictured), Sufjan Stevens, Crumb, Mitski, TV On the Radio, Tycho, Mac Demarco, Lilly & Madeleine, Shura, Kishi Bashi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Angel Olsen, Slowdive, The War On Drugs, Khruangbin, and more.

Kobalt Neighbouring Rights represents over 2,000 performers including A$AP Rocky, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Wayne, Sia, Young Thug and more.

Secretly Distribution was a co-author of the Worldwide Independent Network’s Fair Digital Deals Declaration, and, in 2018, it was the very first distributor to share liquidated Spotify equity, distributing over 80% of the millions in dollars it received to its artists and labels.

The company represents over 100 labels and thousands of artists.

“We are very excited to be working with the team at Kobalt, to utilize their extraordinary expertise to more accurately and efficiently collect neighboring rights revenues in many key territories around the world.”

Chris Cannon, Secretly Distribution

Chris Cannon, Secretly Distribution’s Head of International Strategy, said: “We are very excited to be working with the team at Kobalt, to utilize their extraordinary expertise to more accurately and efficiently collect neighboring rights revenues in many key territories around the world, while we continue our focus on seeking out and working with the world’s most quality-oriented labels and artists.”

“This deal brings together Secretly’s curatorial and ethical approach with Kobalt’s expertise in neighbouring rights.”

Ann Tausis, Kobalt Neighbouring Rights 

Kobalt Neighbouring Rights CEO, Ann Tausis, added: “Secretly Distribution and Kobalt are kindred spirits. We both work with artists and labels to ensure the maximum amount of money is collected and paid to the creators and owners of the music wherever it is used.

“This deal brings together Secretly’s curatorial and ethical approach with Kobalt’s expertise in neighbouring rights.”Music Business Worldwide

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