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Proper Note to properly launch next month

By | Published on Thursday 12 March 2009

Into the world of music distribution, and Proper Music have announced that their new venture with New Note – to be called Proper Note – will kick in at the start of next month, and will take over the distribution of many of the labels that New Note previously managed.

New Note, which specialised in the distribution of jazz, classical and world music, previously used Pinnacle for the physical distribution of the CDs it represented. When Pinnacle went under late last year, New Note quickly announced a new alliance with Proper. That alliance became a more formal joint venture when Pinnacle’s demise forced New Note itself into administration.

Proper Note will be headed up by former New Note owners Eddie Wilkinson and Graham Griffiths, and four of their former staff will join them at the new venture.

Commenting on Proper Note, Wilkinson told CMU: “It’s been a very difficult time for all involved. All of our labels have lost money, as we have ourselves. But we’ve been delighted with the support and understanding that we’ve received and we’re very excited about future opportunities for the business in partnership with Proper. We’ve already received commitments from key labels such as ECM, Telarc, Avie, and World Music Network and are in advanced discussions with others such as World Circuit and Na├»ve”.

Proper have picked up a lot of new work following Pinnacle’s collapse, of course. Commenting on his new venture with New Note, Proper chief Malcolm Mills told CMU: “Having been in talks with New Note prior to Pinnacle’s closure, we’ve long been aware of the benefits of this move. We’re delighted with the support we’re getting from former New Note labels and confident about the future”.