RED Distribution, Reach Records Strike Distribution Pact
RED Distribution has signed Reach Records to a distribution deal for North America. The Atlanta, Ga.-based label's roster includes Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, Tedashii, and Grammy award-winning Lecrae Moore,  who is co-owner.

Reach Records, a Christian label, has sold over 1.8 million albums to date, according to the announcement.

“RED has always been a place where independents can have major influence, and as the industry changes they are at the forefront with their creative approach to each project," Reach Records co-owner Ben Washer said in a statement. "It was clear from the beginning that they shared our enthusiasm for the music and understood where we would like to take our artists."

The first release under the new partnership is “Below Paradise,” the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Tedashii, coming later this spring. Most of the other artist named above also have releases slated to come out this year as well.

"We look forward to assisting…the entire Reach team in producing their next marketing, sales and artist development success stories," RED President Bob Morelli said in a statement.

INgrooves, Republic of Music Join Forces
INgrooves Music Group, has deepened its relationship with U.K. distributor Republic of Music, through the integration of a number of its employees into the ROM operation.

Republic of Music already partners with INgrooes as its suppliery of physical distribution capabilities outside North America, including the U.K. Europe, Asian and Australia.

As part of the new deal the INgrooves staff will have direct relationships with ROM's network of local distributors around the world.

In another move strengthening its international presence, INgrooves is adding personnel in its London office to oversee physical production.

"We've worked closely with Republic of Music for more than a year now, and our partnership has already paid major dividends for our label clients," said INgrooves senior VP and MD international Alex Branson in a statement. "This new relationship will enable INgrooves to have even more direct oversight on our projects, giving us the ability to communicate directly with distribution partners all over the world, something in which our label partners have expressed interest, while simultaneously strengthening our physical distribution capabilities in territories outside of North America."

As part of its physical effort, INgrooves director of sales an marketing Dominic Jones, working out of the INgrooves U.K. office, will oversee physical distribution for the company.

Republic of Music MD Mark McQuillan added in a statement:  "The strategic relationship we embarked on with INgrooves in 2012 has worked extremely well for both of our companies, and we can see the potential for this to build in the future in a big way…"

The Music Biz Program Takes Shape With Sylvia Rhone, Jonathan Poneman Salutes
The Music Biz, formerly known as NARM, is gearing up for its 2014 convention, which will be held May 6-May 8 in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Recency Century Plaza Hotel.

In addition to honoring Sylvia Rhone, a veteran record label president who currently is founder and CEO of Vested in Sound (distributed by Epic) with the organization's "Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement; and Jonathan Poneman, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, with the "Independent Spirit Award," the convention will have a full slate fo programs.

Tuesday will see two simultaneous day-long tracts, at the "Metadata Summet," and the Music Biz Academy. The former will provide updates on the industry's major metadata initiatives such as ISRC, GRD, DDEX and ISNI; and panels on curation, royalty reporting and the future of the album.; the latter will provide an overview of key industry concepts for aspiring music industry entrepreneurs and startups.

Wednesday will see panels on dance music; music consumers; social media; cloud music lockers; live streaming concerts and managing the complexity of an artist's digital experience

Thursday will see a Record Store Day Town Hall, and panels on the global digital music experience, high quality audio and the future of Internet radio; brand partnerships; and strategies for placing advertising in music streaming.

In other Music Biz news, the organization announced that YouTube product manager Fred Beteille has joined the Music Biz board of directors.