American music corporation, Universal Music Group (UMG), has reportedly launched Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, which is its new international division dedicated to serve independent artists and labels in music field. According to the company, this initiative has been inspired and influenced by the essence of the distinguished Virgin Records label.
Under this initiative, the US based Caroline, UMG-owned Capitol Music Group’s independent services division, as well as Caroline operations in Germany, UK, and France will be retitled as Virgin Music Label & Artist Services.
Moreover, this services division will also be launched in Spain and Mexico along with the launch of Latin operations in the US, across Miami and Los Angeles. UMG has claimed that this will be the world’s first completely integrated label services division for Latin music.
Reportedly, Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, is expected to be a separate global operation of Ingrooves, which had been acquired by UMG in 2019, and since then has been focusing on accelerating the global expansion.
Expressing his delight on this new initiative, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, stated that this global launch marks an important evolution of its strategy of being a crucial partner and an accelerator for the finest independent artists and entrepreneurs in the music industry.
For the record, in the US, Virgin Label & Artist Services will run under the leadership of Jacqueline Saturn, as the President of the new division, and will report to Michelle Jubelirer, President and COO, Capitol Music Group.
In the UK, the new division will be led by Vanessa Higgins as MD, Virgin Music Label & Artist Services UK, and will report to David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK.
In France, the new division will be led by Thomas Lorain in the capacity of MD, Virgin Music Labels & Artist Services France.
In Germany, Tina Adams will be leading the new division as the Label Manager and will report to Frank Briegmann, Chairman & CEO of Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music Central Europe.
In LATAM & Iberia, Virgin Music will be led by Víctor González, in the position of President, Virgin Music for the region.