Universal Music Japan Partners With Japanese Music Management Group, Office Augusta
December 28, 2016 at 7:23 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) has entered a new exclusive strategic partnership between leading Japanese full-service music management company OFFICE AUGUSTA and UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN (UMJ), effective JANUARY 6th, 2017. OFFICE AUGUSTA represents a roster of some of JAPAN’s most popular recording artists and songwriters, including KYOKO, MASAYOSHI YAMAZAKI, SUKIMASWITCH and MOTOHIRO HATA, among many others.
Under the terms of the agreement, UMJ will obtain exclusive rights for the entire OFFICE AUGUSTA master recording and publishing catalogues. The relationship, which will significantly enhance the UMJ artist roster, also marks the beginning of a new era of collaboration between the two organizations that will accelerate the evolution UMJ into JAPAN’s leading full-service music entertainment company, enhancing its capabilities in live music, merchandise and fan clubs.
OFFICE AUGUSTA operates as a full-service music company with three component divisions, including:
• OFFICE AUGUSTA manages recorded music and master rights for nearly 1,800 tracks, artist management for its roster of 19 artists and a live music promotions business that includes the popular AUGUSTA CAMP music festival;
• AUGUSTA PUBLISHING represents the publishing rights more than 1,200 songs, written and composed by its artists; and
• SEVEN DIALS operates a thriving fan-club and merchandise business for its clients.
“We are truly honored to welcome OFFICE AUGUSTA to UMJ," UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN Pres./CEO NAOSHI FUJIKURA said. "In partnership with AUGUSTA and its highly talented artists, we look forward to delivering exciting new music and emotive experiences to music fans. I have always had the greatest respect for Mr. MORIKAWA and AUGUSTA’s artists’ achievements as pioneers within the music industry, and strongly believe this partnership will bring greater prosperity to UMG and the music industry as a whole.”
“At UMG, we pride ourselves on our culture of artist development, so we are thrilled to join forces with OFFICE AUGUSTA, whose ambition mirrors our own in creating lasting career development and new commercial opportunities for recording artists and songwriters," UMG Chairman/CEO SIR LUCIAN GRAINGE said. "JAPAN is one of the most important and dynamic music markets in the world, and with NAOSHI’s leadership combined with our exciting new partnership with Mr. MORIKAWA, I’m confident that we will continue to evolve UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN into the preeminent home for artists.”