Symphonic Distribution

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Symphonic Distribution
Private
IndustryMusic
GenreDigital distribution
Music publishing
Founded2006
FounderJorge Brea
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsOnline Delivery (Music)
ServicesOn-demand music distribution
Number of employees
33
Websitesymphonicdistribution.com

Symphonic Distribution also known as "Symphonic" is a digital music distribution company launched in late 2006 by Jorge Brea, a former music producer from Tampa, Florida. Symphonic Distribution delivers music from independent record labels and musicians to online retailers such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Pandora, Amazon, Beatport and more.

Today, the company distributes music to hundreds of retail and streaming platforms for record labels and artists worldwide while maintaining a personalized approach to distribution. The company continues to develop new technologies in the form of in-house systems and have expanded their offerings to include Video Distribution, Publishing Administration, Neighboring Rights, Marketing, Video Marketing, Sync Licensing, Web and Graphic design, YouTube monetization, and SoundCloud Monetization.

The company has employees in Tampa (Florida), Brooklyn (New York), Madrid (Spain), Denver (Colorado), and representatives in key territories across Latin America and Europe. Additionally, the company operates independent brands with various focuses outside of the Digital Music Distribution service. Symphonic also has a music tips blog and a YouTube series, Music Biz 101, with industry-related information.

History and background[edit]

Symphonic Distribution is based in Tampa, FL and was founded in late 2006. By 2010, Symphonic Distribution was earning more than half a million dollars a year in revenue for its clients.[1]

In 2013, Symphonic Distribution was nominated for Pasco Economic Development Council's Industry of the Year Award. Pasco's EDC banquet is regarded as the premier business event in Pasco County, FL.[2]

By 2015, Symphonic Distribution had garnered more than 4,000 clients from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, including artists, labels, and even other distributors who don't have the penetration into digital stores and streaming services that Symphonic has.[3] It generated $2.3 million in revenue in 2014, about $500,000 of which was profit.[4] The company has now nearly tripled in size and continues to pay millions to record labels and artists worldwide.

In September 2015, GrowFL named Symphonic Distribution as one of 50 Companies to Watch.[5]

In 2016, Symphonic Distribution announced an expansion into New York with the intention of establishing new relationships for its distributed labels, artists, and independent brands.[6] In addition, following the closure of Beatport's Distribution company, Baseware Distribution, Symphonic signed over 200 distribution accounts from the defunct distributor.

Symphonic Distribution has been featured in Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2017 Fast 50. The company's CEO, Jorge Brea, was also interviewed by the Business Journal about turning the company into a major music industry player.

In 2017, Symphonic Distribution received a growth capital investment of $4M from Ballast Point Ventures, a Tampa-based private equity firm. After the investment the company hired former Orchard executives Nick Gordon and Eshan Shah Jahan as Chief Client Officer & GM and Head of Product based in New York respectively.[7][8]

In 2018, former Universal Music and Capitol Music A&R Director Jaime Feldman became the company's first LA hire; tasked with growing their client roster in the area as Content Development Specialist.[8] In that same year, the company hired Jakub Alexander as Senior Client Manager. A veteran of indie label Ghostly International, Alexander is credited with signing and developing Grammy nominated artists Tycho, Com Truise, and Shigeto.[9]

Symphonic also solidified its marketing team in 2018 with three senior hires in its Brooklyn office. AJ Alvarez joined as Director of Client Marketing & Playlist Promotion. Teddy Truston, former manager of digital video at Fuse Media, was hired as Director of Video Strategy. Jon Mizrachi also joined as Senior Director of Sync Licensing after spending 12 years at Carlin America as Creative Director for synchronization licensing in film, television and advertising.[10]

In April 2018, the company officially relocated headquarters to downtown Tampa, FL where it shares an office building with the historic Tampa Theatre.[11] Following the move, the company worked in collaboration with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to create several Spotify playlists, each embodying experiences unique to the Tampa Bay area and featuring local artists.[12]

Publishing Administration[edit]

In June 2014, Symphonic Distribution announced partnership with TuneCore for Music Publishing Administration Service, becoming the first dance music distributor to have a focus on this important piece in the collection of music royalties.[13]

Video Distribution[edit]

In July 2014, Symphonic launched Video Distribution services. Every record label and artist signed onto Symphonic now has an outlet to get their videos to the masses with specifications and metadata details available right now via the Symphonic Management System. Symphonic partnered with some of the top providers in the industry that allows everyone that has a music video produced the ability to get the promotion they deserve. In 2018, Symphonic partnered with Vevo, allowing artists to create and upload music videos on the platform. [14]

Noiseporn[edit]

Symphonic Distribution is the owner of the entertainment brand, NoisePorn. NoisePorn is a popular electronic music blog and magazine that has been recognized as one of the best electronic music blogs by DJZ and Breakspoll.[15][16]

In 2015, NoisePorn launched their own online video network on Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV. The network focuses on exclusive shows, music videos, interviews and more.[17]

Acquisition of Houseplanet Distribution[edit]

In 2017, Houseplanet Distribution was acquired by Symphonic Distribution.[18] Houseplanet Distribution, located in Madrid, Spain, as of 2006, focuses on the distribution of house music. This acquisition allowed Symphonic to have a footprint not only in the house music genre but also the European music market.

Recognition[edit]

Symphonic Distribution has been featured in Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2017 Fast 50. The company's CEO, Jorge Brea, was also interviewed by the Business Journal about turning the company into a major music industry player.

In 2018, Brea was named Billboard's 2018 Indie Power Players.

Artist and Labels with music distributed by Symphonic Distribution[edit]

Symphonic has distributed music from artists and record labels such as:

  • Torture T
  • Kingdom Vision Entertainment, LLC
  • References[edit]

    1. ^ Brown, Jo-Lynn (August 11, 2011). "Who knew? Worldly music distributor makes Wesley Chapel work". Tampa BizCurrents. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
    2. ^ "Pasco EDC Celebrates Growing Companies and Innovation in Pasco County". Pasco EDC. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
    3. ^ "Digital firm promotes musicians around the world". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
    4. ^ "Wesley Chapel company distributes digital music around the world". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
    5. ^ Tammie, Nemecek. "GrowFL Recognizes the 2015 "Florida Companies to Watch"". Tampa Bay Partnership. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
    6. ^ "Symphonic Distribution Expands to New York City".
    7. ^ "Symphonic Distribution hires Eshan Shah Jahan as Head of Product in New York - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    8. ^ a b "Symphonic Distribution makes senior hires in New York and Los Angeles - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    9. ^ "Symphonic Distribution hires Jakub Alexander from Ghostly International - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    10. ^ "Symphonic Distribution bolsters marketing team with three hires - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    11. ^ "First look into Symphonic Distribution's new, 4,000-square-foot downtown Tampa headquarters (PHOTOS)". Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    12. ^ O'Reilly, Sean (2018-07-06). "Up-and-coming Tampa musicians featured in six new Downtown Tampa playlists on Spotify". WFTS. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
    13. ^ "Symphonic Distribution, Focused on the Dance Music Community, Announces Partnership with TuneCore for Music Publishing Administration Service". www.pr.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
    14. ^ "Music Video Distribution". Symphonic Distribution.
    15. ^ "BREAKSPOLL 2009". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
    16. ^ Benanti, SG. "BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC BLOGS PT. 1". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
    17. ^ Perry, Chelsea. "Noiseporn Launches Online Video Focus". Symphonic Blog. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
    18. ^ "Symphonic Acquires Houseplanet Distribution". Symphonic Distribution Blog. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2017-06-17.

    External links[edit]

    • Official website
    • Tampa CEO Jorge Brea, Symphonic Distribution land on Billboard's 2018 Indie Power Players list