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Downtown Beefs Up Artist Services Division With Curve Royalty Systems Acquisition

The purchase of the royalty processing firm is the latest development in the company's efforts to become a service-focused operation.

Downtown Music Holdings has acquired Curve Royalty Systems, a company that specializes in royalty processing for digital income, it was announced Thursday (Jan. 5). Curve will now be a part of Downtown Music, a division that focuses on servicing the professional music industry.

In recent years, Downtown has pivoted away from its previous role as a traditional publisher and rights holder by selling off its 145,000-song catalog and putting its efforts into building a service-focused music company to tap into the growing cohort of DIY artists and professionals. The company has quickly amassed a suite of service tools through acquisitions including Curve, FUGA, CD Baby, Soundrop and AdRev. Downtown is also an active investor in companies like Beatbread and Vampr.

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Though Downtown is integrating Curve into its suite of offerings for distribution and monetization, the royalty processing firm — which can distill multiple royalty statements into one cohesive report — will continue to serve its existing client base of over 1,000 labels and publishers worldwide. This includes Warp Records, Ingrooves, Mad Decent, MRC, Royalty Solutions, Domino Recording Company, Hospital Records/Songs in the Key of Knife, Cal Financial and Alta Financial. Since its inception in January 2019 by co-founders Tom Allen, Richard Leach and Ray Bush, the company says it has processed nearly $4 billion in revenue.

Downtown Music president Pieter van Rijn said of the deal, “In Downtown Music, we’ve combined innovative technology and industry-leading services to create an offering that empowers music businesses and their creators. Curve perfectly complements our mission to be the leading music industry platform and their past work speaks to their high standards and pioneering technology.”

Downtown CEO Andrew Bergman added, “For some time, we have been admirers of the technology and service quality that Tom and Richard have been building at Curve. As we got to know them and their team, it became ever more obvious that their dedication and forward-thinking vision were a great fit for Downtown. Accuracy, precision, timeliness and innovation in royalty services are core to Downtown’s mission of supporting creators and the businesses that serve them. Welcoming the Curve team to Downtown is another important step in furtherance of our mission.”