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Nettwerk Music GroupNettwerk_header_cell_0_0_0
FoundedNettwerk_header_cell_0_1_0 1984 (1984)Nettwerk_cell_0_1_1
FounderNettwerk_header_cell_0_2_0 Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, Ric Arboit, Dan FraserNettwerk_cell_0_2_1
GenreNettwerk_header_cell_0_3_0 Alternative rock, indie rock, electronicaNettwerk_cell_0_3_1
Country of originNettwerk_header_cell_0_4_0 CanadaNettwerk_cell_0_4_1
LocationNettwerk_header_cell_0_5_0 Vancouver, B.C.

Los Angeles, California New York, New York London, U.K. Hamburg, GermanyNettwerk_cell_0_5_1

Official websiteNettwerk_header_cell_0_6_0 Nettwerk_cell_0_6_1

Nettwerk Music Group is the umbrella company for Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk Management, and Nettwerk One Publishing. Nettwerk_sentence_1

Established in 1984, the Vancouver-based company was originally created by Nettwerk principals Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, Ric Arboit and Dan Fraser, as a record label to distribute recordings by the band Moev, but the label expanded in Canada and internationally. Nettwerk_sentence_2

Initially specializing in electronic music genres such as alternative dance and industrial, the label also became a powerful player in pop and rock in the late 1980s and 1990s, with label and management clients including Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, and Barenaked Ladies. Nettwerk_sentence_3

Nettwerk has on its label, management and publishing rosters Perfume Genius, The Veils, fun. Nettwerk_sentence_4 , Passenger, Christina Perri, Guster, Family of the Year, Beta Radio, and Ólafur Arnalds. Nettwerk_sentence_5

History Nettwerk_section_0

Once out of college, CEO Terry McBride managed a small band called Moev, of whom his friend Mark Jowett (and eventual co-founder of Nettwerk) was a member. Nettwerk_sentence_6

They'd spend time at his small apartment with friends such as the members of the electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy, and soon he and Jowett starting putting out their records, along with Moev's and The Grapes of Wrath. Nettwerk_sentence_7

McBride had previously started a label, Noetix, and though it did not get off the ground, he and Jowett were willing to give the record business another try. Nettwerk_sentence_8

The company officially opened its doors in 1985. Nettwerk_sentence_9

Their first release was The Grapes of Wrath's self-titled EP followed by their full-length, September Bowl of Green. Nettwerk_sentence_10

It piqued the attention of Capitol Records, and paved the way for a distribution deal for the band and Nettwerk as a label. Nettwerk_sentence_11

At a show in Halifax, McBride met nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter named Sarah McLachlan – he'd been introduced to her music through Jowett, and tried to recruit her to front Moev. Nettwerk_sentence_12

Her parents initially rejected the idea, saying she was too young, but by then she had her moved out of her parents home and rented an apartment down the street while in her first year of art school. Nettwerk_sentence_13

McBride offered McLachlan a five-record deal, and she agreed, saying “Ok. Nettwerk_sentence_14

Sure. Nettwerk_sentence_15

Why not?" Nettwerk_sentence_16

At this point, McBride and Jowett had moved Nettwerk into a new office, and McLachlan relocated to Vancouver to write, finishing her debut, Touch, in 1988. Nettwerk_sentence_17

The first single, "Vox", was a hit, and led to her signing a worldwide deal with Arista Records (Nettwerk retained her for Canada). Nettwerk_sentence_18

She followed up with Solace in 1991 and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy in 1993. Nettwerk_sentence_19

Surfacing in 1997 contained two hit singles; "Building a Mystery" and "I Will Remember You", and winning two Grammy Awards. Nettwerk_sentence_20

Lilith Fair was initially McLachlan's idea; she was tired of the standard touring, and wanted to do something different, something inventive. Nettwerk_sentence_21

Though McBride was resistant at first, he pushed forward, and they assembled a lineup that they then were told was "suicidal": Paula Cole, Aimee Mann, Patti Smith, Lisa Loeb and McLachlan to close. Nettwerk_sentence_22

It was a success, and the next summer they launched a touring version – it grossed $16 million, a large portion of which was donated women's charities. Nettwerk_sentence_23

Founded by McLachlan, McBride, Nettwerk co-owner Dan Fraser and New York talent agent Marty Diamond, Lilith Fair would become one of the most powerful and accomplished tours of all time. Nettwerk_sentence_24

Nettwerk then signed Barenaked Ladies, at the time viewed as a novelty act. Nettwerk_sentence_25

After steady radio promotion, McBride booked the band for a show at City Hall Plaza in Boston to launch their album Stunt. Nettwerk_sentence_26

The concert drew 80,000 fans, and the first single, "One Week", reached number one on the charts, also earning the band a Grammy nomination and a Juno Award for Best Pop Album. Nettwerk_sentence_27

They have since gone on to sell over 10 million albums. Nettwerk_sentence_28

Nettwerk brought on Dido in 1999, as well as Sum 41. Nettwerk_sentence_29

Avril Lavigne was sixteen when she walked into the Nettwerk offices; Arista had sent her to McBride, hoping to figure out what to make of her. Nettwerk_sentence_30

Though Lavigne would release her records through Arista, she continued with Nettwerk for her management. Nettwerk_sentence_31

It was around this time that the label entered into an agreement with EMI that allowed Nettwerk to pursue the company's rejected material – one of which was a record called Parachutes by the band Coldplay. Nettwerk_sentence_32

Nettwerk released the album in Canada and the United States in 2000. Nettwerk_sentence_33

Nettwerk embraced new digital formats. Nettwerk_sentence_34

McBride studied reports showing the sea change in fan preference, and realized that he'd rather cater to the growing MP3 culture rather than work against it. Nettwerk_sentence_35

In 2005, Nettmusic became one of the first major music companies to sell MP3s free of DRM (digital rights management), and supported the consumer case in the battle against the Recording Industry Association of America. Nettwerk_sentence_36

Nettwerk has offered to pay the legal fees of a teenager in Texas who is being sued for downloading songs. Nettwerk_sentence_37

At the same time, Nettwerk continued to focus on other new, innovative and both artist-and-fan friendly models. Nettwerk_sentence_38

McBride conceived of a concept he called "collapsed copyright", set to revolve around a new business model that empowered artists themselves and not just the corporations. Nettwerk_sentence_39

The premise allowed artists to release music under their own label (therefore retaining the intellectual property), marketed and promoted through Nettwerk. Nettwerk_sentence_40

On June 9, 2010, Nettwerk announced that for its distribution and marketing in the United States, it would depart from Sony Music and its catalogue would now be distributed by WMG's Alternative Distribution Alliance. Nettwerk_sentence_41

In 2013, Nettwerk raised $10.25 million in equity financing to sign artists and purchase catalogs. Nettwerk_sentence_42

In July, 2016, Nettwerk sold its publishing catalog to KobaltInvestment Fund, an independent investment fund established in 2011. Nettwerk_sentence_43

In September 2017 Nettwerk Records announced that The Ballroom Thieves joined the label roster. Nettwerk_sentence_44

Nutone Nettwerk_section_1

In 2008, Nettwerk founder Terry McBride revived a retired sub-label of Nettwerk called Nutone Records, with the objective of releasing devotional, chant and world music. Nettwerk_sentence_45

He also launched a chain of wellness centers in Canada called YYoga. Nettwerk_sentence_46

Nettwerk roster Nettwerk_section_2

Main articles: List of Nettwerk Music Group label artists, List of Nettwerk Music Group Management artists, and List of past Nettwerk Music Group label artists Nettwerk_sentence_47

Music roster Nettwerk_section_3

Management roster Nettwerk_section_4

Publishing roster Nettwerk_section_5

Artists Nettwerk_section_6

Writers Nettwerk_section_7

See also Nettwerk_section_8


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