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BMG announces distribution partners for Sanctuary and Mute catalogues

By | Published on Wednesday 26 June 2013


BMG has confirmed the marketing and distribution partnerships it has in place for the Sanctuary and original Mute sound recording catalogues which it acquired from Universal Music earlier this year.

The music rights company says that the new alliances “form part of BMG’s plan to upgrade the exploitation of the historic Sanctuary and Mute catalogues, and reflect its philosophy of seeking the best exploitation set-up for different types of repertoire”.

We already knew – because it announced it – that [PIAS] would handle digital and physical sales and distribution, plus marketing, for the majority of the Sanctuary and Mute catalogue on a worldwide base excluding North America. And yesterday BMG confirmed that INgrooves had been appointed to do the same in the US and Canada.

Though, as expected, those deals exclude the recordings of two key artists, one from Sanctuary and one from Mute. Universal Music will continue to oversee the distribution and marketing of the Black Sabbath catalogue until next April, alongside the band’s recently-released-by-Universal new album ’13’. Meanwhile Sony Music will handle the Depeche Mode catalogue; likewise it is now releasing that group’s new material.

Confirming all this, BMG EVP International Repertoire Fred Casimir told CMU: “Partnership is core to the BMG philosophy, and so we are delighted to be working with these four great companies in order to optimise the exploitation of the Sanctuary and Mute catalogues”.

Meanwhile, on the North America deal, INgrooves boss Robb McDaniels told CMU: “Over the last ten years, we have built both an unparalleled distribution platform that empowers our label partners and a dedicated, passionate staff who are experts in creating value from the repertoire we market and distribute. We are pleased to have been selected by BMG after such a rigorous selection process and are confident that the INgrooves infrastructure and team will deliver maximum benefit for these two great catalogues”.