Warner Music has invested in Conrad Withey’s Instrumental, the artist discovery and development startup focused on talent emerging on social media.
As well as taking a stake in the company, Warner will collaborate with Instrumental non-exclusively on a range of activities including A&R, artist development, YouTube channel management, release promotion, brand and content partnerships.
Additionally Warner will have first refusal on talent represented by Instrumental Artists – the company’s newly established management arm.
Max Lousada, Chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK (pictured), will join the board of Instrumental as a non-executive director, alongside current board members Bill Roedy (ex Chairman of MTV International), Stewart Easterbrook (ex CEO of Starcom EMEA) and tech entrepreneur Michael Tobin OBE.
London-based Instrumental focuses on rising music stars in the social space and provides support to talent signing up to its exclusive platform to develop
“The multichannel network space is somewhere that fans and creators are connecting in rapidly growing numbers.”
Max Lousada, Warner Music
Since launching, the Instrumental talent network has grown to over 300 artist partnerships around the world and its creative agency arm has delivered campaigns for major brands including Vodafone, Head & Shoulders, Citroen, Studio Canal and Brand Attic.
Conrad Withey, CEO of Instrumental and a former President of Warner Music Entertainment (WME), commented: “This is an extremely exciting development for the business. The investment and partnership gives artists joining Instrumental the confidence that we can help them go from social stars to the top of the charts.
“Warner Music is a company I know well and the whole team at Instrumental are excited about the potential of this partnership in the UK and around the world to unlock value for artists and brands”.
Lousada said: “We want to be where creators are and we want to be where fans are. The multichannel network space is somewhere those communities are connecting in rapidly growing numbers so this investment opens up a number of exciting opportunities for us both creatively and commercially.”
John Rees, VP and Head of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Warner Music International commented, “For many of today’s promising new music artists, the online and social arena is where they take their first steps toward building a fanbase and honing their craft.
“Our agreement with Instrumental provides additional potential for us to discover fresh talent and for new acts to find the backing to take their careers to the next level.”Music Business Worldwide