The Orchard Expands to Japan With New Tokyo Office

Courtesy of The Orchard

The Orchard, the largest indie distributor in the U.S., announced today (Aug. 21) its plans to launch a fully-staffed office in Japan, the world's second largest music market. 

The new Tokyo headquarters will offer music distribution and services to Japanese labels, management companies, and artists. Additionally, it will provide "international independent repertoire, extensive digital and physical service offerings for access to the Japanese music market," according to a press release.

Leading the new initiative is Yuuki Kaneko, who joins The Orchard under the title of vice president, Japan. Most recently, Kaneko spent 11 years on Amazon Japan’s music team; before that, he held positions at Tower Records Japan. With The Orchard, he’ll report to the company’s global headquarters in New York.

"Yuuki’s substantial knowledge of both the digital and physical business within Japan will help us deliver on our goal of having local support in every key part of the world, led by people who have a firm grasp on the region’s strengths and deeply understand the music culture and industry," said The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin.

The Orchard currently operates in over 40 markets worldwide. During the past year, it also launched offices in several other new international markets, including Madrid, Seoul, Taipei, and Warsaw.


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