Membran and The Orchard sign label deal with Dave Stewart’s ‘idea factory’

Musician, songwriter, and producer, Dave Stewart, has signed an exclusive worldwide marketing and distribution deal with Germany’s Membran – now a partner of The Orchard – for his Dave Stewart Entertainment ‘idea factory’.

With DSE, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Brit Award-winning Stewart focuses on developing and launching the careers of young artists around the world.

Through these deals, emerging artists work directly with Stewart, who will fund, co-write, produce and offer all creative services for each of the albums.

This is not the first collaboration between Stewart and Manlio Celotti, Membran CEO and The Orchard GmbH MD.

Celotti has worked closely with Stewart in the past to provide marketing and distribution services for the musician’s solo albums in Europe, developing a strong relationship.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Manlio and Membran over the years,” said Stewart (pictured with Celotti).

“They are a great, honest and hard-working company that not only provides excellent digital services, but also creates fantastic physical products.

“Now that Membran has joined forces with The Orchard, the largest digital distributor in the world, I can’t wait to start releasing these albums.”

“Now that membran has joined forces with the orchard, I can’t wait to start releasing these albums.”

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Since starting its label services division in 1997, Germany-based Membran has distributed and marketed artists such as Stewart, Joss Stone, Gregory Porter, Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Macy Gray, The Airborne Toxic Event, Chris Norman, Blue October, Cassandra Wilson, Marc Cohn, Johnny Winter, and many more.

The company can now offer digital distribution solutions from The Orchard, which has a presence in 25 markets worldwide.

The Orchard was recently fully acquired by Sony in a $200m deal, confirmed in March.

The first artists to be released via the new DSE collaboration are Thomas Lindsey, The Lake Poets, Hollie Stephenson and Shel.

“I’ve been working with Dave for years and am still blown away by his never-ending creativity and limitless vision,” said Manlio Celotti.

“The quality of the talent that he has discovered is simply spectacular, and I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to develop these new artists alongside him.”

Offering deals to labels and artists ranging from label services to licenses, Membran provides coordinated cross-territory release planning, strategy, and implementation to successfully launch, market, and/or distribute both newcomers and established stars.Music Business Worldwide

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