Sony Music Entertainment Australia is entering a partnership with multifaceted music company, Cooking Vinyl Australia.
The partnership includes a significant investment from Sony Music in Cooking Vinyl Australia to strengthen and grow the brand while maintaining its independent ethos. As part of the arrangement, Cooking Vinyl Australia’s recordings will be distributed on a worldwide basis by The Orchard, a leading independent music distributor and label services company wholly owned by Sony Music. Cooking Vinyl Australia will continue to operate as an autonomous and stand-alone company.
Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, commented: “Cooking Vinyl Australia is an incredibly talented team and we are delighted to be starting 2018 with this dynamic partnership. This venture will further expand Sony Music’s diverse roster of local and international artists and releases and we are looking forward to an exciting future with Leigh, Stu and the team.”
Leigh Gruppetta, co-managing director, Cooking Vinyl Australia, commented, “We are thrilled about what the future holds as we enter this next phase of the business. The opportunity to further grow and develop the careers of our artists and partner labels has just received a massive shot in the arm. The faith shown in us by Denis and his team is humbling. Stu and I look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”
Cooking Vinyl Australia is a Melbourne-based operation that launched in 2013 as a partnership between Leigh Gruppetta, Stu Harvey and Martin Goldschmidt. Cooking Vinyl Australia works with a variety of international and domestic label partners in addition to signing artists directly.
Cooking Vinyl Australia proudly represents a variety of labels including Cooking Vinyl UK, Dine Alone, Fat Cat, Epitaph/Anti, Greyscale, Resist, Run For Cover, SideOneDummy, Thirty Tigers and Triple Crown Records for Australia and New Zealand.
Cooking Vinyl Australia boasts a diverse rosters of artists, representing a wide range of genres. The 2017 release schedule included new music from Against Me, At The Drive In, Belle Haven, Billy Bragg, Ceres, Citizen, Converge, Endless Heights, Food Court, Justice For The Damned, Luca Brasi, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Polaris, Propagandhi, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Son Little, Sorority Noise, The Bronx, The Darkness, Turnover, Wheeler Walker Jr and much more.
The label has enjoyed significant chart success, including an ARIA #1 debut for Parkway Drive and Top 10 debuts for Polaris, Kate Miller-Heidke, City and Colour, Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy.
Photo: Parkway Drive