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Communion announces new Caroline alliance

By | Published on Tuesday 21 July 2015


Communion Records has announced a wide-ranging deal with the big bad, I mean, diligent and delightful Universal Music, which will see future releases from the indie supported by the mega-major’s label services unit Caroline International.

There are already various tie-ups between Universal and Team Communion. The indie has worked with Island UK in the past, including on recent success story Catfish And The Bottlemen, and of course co-founder Ben Lovett works with the same Universal division when he’s doing his Mumford & Sons thing. Universal’s Virgin US recently also came on board for the Bottlemen, while other label co-founder Kevin Jones released his debut record as Bear’s Den last year via a Communion/Caroline hook up. So it’s clearly a proven winning formula. Let’s all buy new hats to celebrate.

Confirming the more formal Communion/Caroline alliance, Universal Music UK top man David Joseph told reporters: “The team at Communion have an extraordinary track record in discovering and nurturing unique new talent; our joint venture means the label can build on this success, with Caroline providing an outstanding international support network as they do so”.

Meanwhile Communion MD Jamie Emsell said: “We are thrilled to be moving into a new phase of our partnership with Universal Music, and expanding what is already an excellent working relationship with the team at Caroline. [Caroline MDs Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor] have assembled an exceptional team, both in the UK and internationally, who take an approach to artist development and marketing that fits very naturally with our culture at Communion”.