Sony Music UK & Cooking Vinyl Group Agree Unique Strategic Alliance

RED have announced today (3rd March), the acquisition of independent sales and distribution company Essential Music and Marketing, a member of The Cooking Vinyl Group of companies.

As part of this ground breaking new deal – which sees a UK major label buy into independent sales & distribution for the first time – a new company will be launched, Red Essential.

Red Essential will see the two companies combine their staff, expertise, resources and back office functions to build a “future-facing” global sales and distribution company in the UK market, which will offer labels and artists a global platform alongside music expertise, a strong heritage in distribution and a ground-breaking record of tech innovations.

RED’s Ian Dutt and Essential founder Mike Chadwick will assume the roles of co-Managing Director at Red Essential.

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