Imagem Signs Digital Distribution Deal With China's R2G
February 29, 2016 at 11:48 AM (PT)
IMAGEM has signed a distribution deal with R2G, CHINA's digital music distribution leader. R2G will license IMAGEM's music rights exclusively to CHINESE music services and mobile operators
With R2G's pragmatic approach to dealing with the copyright environment, this will enable IMAGEM to tap into the CHINESE market as major CHINESE music services start to pay for publishing rights.
IMAGEM GROUP CEO ANDRE DE RAAFF commented: "We are excited to tap into R2G's wealth of experience and expertise in the publishing licensing area in CHINA and grow with the market as better licensing conditions prevail, which is very important for all the writers and publishers we represent."
With over 10 years of market expertise, R2G has established, by far, the most extensive digital music coverage in CHINA and has been the pioneer in music publishing licensing in the country. R2G is part of CHINA MUSIC CORPORATION (CMC), the largest music platform in the world in terms of active user base, and is also the largest digital music aggregator and licensing platform in CHINA. R2G has already concluded distribution deals with two of CHINA's leading music services KUGOU and KUWO, which are both part of CMC, with more deals to be announced soon.
IMAGEM controls publishing catalogs in classical music, BROADWAY and pop/rock, from classical composers like AARON COPLAND and IGOR STRAVINSKY to such contemporary artists as JOHN ADAMS, STEVE REICH and KARL JENKINS. IMAGEM's roster also includes the RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN catalog as well as works by IRVING BERLIN, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and more. On the pop side, IMAGEM MUSIC's writers include PINK FLOYD, ELVIS PRESLEY, PHIL COLLINS, GENESIS, IRON MAIDEN, MARK RONSON, TEMPER TRAP, BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB and DAFT PUNK, among others.
R2G President MATHEW DANIEL added: "IMAGEM has one of the most impressive music publishing catalogs in the world and we are delighted to be working with them as the music publishing market matures in CHINA with music services starting to license publishing works."