May 19, 2014

Downtown Music Benelux

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New York, NY (May 19, 2014) – New York City-based Downtown Music Publishing is expanding its worldwide presence with Downtown Music Benelux, a new venture in Amsterdam with Hot Streak Music, a division of Cloud 9 Music, one of the leading Dutch publishers.

Downtown Music Benelux will be helmed by Dutch music industry veteran and Hot Streak Co-Founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst, who will serve as Managing Director.

Established in 2009 by Cloud 9 as the venture partner in Chrysalis Songs Benelux, Hot Streak has quickly developed a roster of over 30 songwriters, including cuts by Zedd, Diplo & Don Diablo and Armin van Buuren as well as major international synch licenses with Amstel, Blackberry, FIFA 2014 and Vodafone. The company also represents well-known Dutch artists including shares on Within Temptation’s recent album ‘Hydra’, which entered top 10 in over 12 countries upon its release earlier this year. Hot Streak has also acquired sub publishing rights for several catalogues that feature songs by Fatboy Slim, Skrillex and Milow.

Prior to the formation of Hot Streak, van Slegtenhorst was the General Manager at Chrysalis Music Benelux. He previously held positions with Warner Chappell, Roadrunner Records andBMG Records Holland.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lucas and Raymond [van Vliet, MD Cloud 9] in expanding Downtown to Amsterdam,” said Kalifowitz. “It has long been one of the most vibrant music centers in the World and we couldn’t be more excited to develop new opportunities for our clients and their work.”

“I am very excited to be joining forces with Downtown to develop the premier full service music publisher in the Benelux,” said van Slegtenhorst. “This will increase our international power due to their worldwide offices from which all of our writers will benefit.”

This announcement reinforces Downtown’s commitment to escalate its international reach; just last month, Downtown opened its London office. The Company now has direct collection capabilities across 36 different societies covering 90 countries as well as a network of local publishing partners and agents. The result is more opportunities and more royalties collected worldwide — music to their clients’ ears.

For Hot Streak Music on the web, please visit www.hotstreakmusic.com and for Cloud 9 Music please visit www.cloud9music.nl

About Downtown Music Publishing:
SoHo, New York-based Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rights-management firms in North America, with offices in Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company’s catalog spans over 80,000 titles, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Kinks, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Seal, Ellie Goulding, and Neon Trees.

About Cloud 9 Music
Cloud 9 Music was founded in November 2004 by managing director Raymond van Vliet. Over the past decade, Cloud 9 has developed into one of the biggest independents worldwide, both as a label and a publishing company. Cloud 9 Music represents a wide range of artists including the #1 DJ in the world Hardwell, his record label Revealed, and such acts as Nick & Simon, commonly considered the biggest act in the Netherlands with sales of over 1 million albums in the last seven years. On the record side Cloud 9 Dance owns more than 10.000 masters which Cloud 9 acquired through the purchase of a number of dance catalogues like Mid-Town, United and Combined Forces. On the publishing side Cloud 9 looks after more than 100 composers including Armin van Buuren, Daniel Gibson (Within Temptation), Han Kooreneef, Hardwell, Gareth Emery and Arty. Furthermore they represent a large number of catalogues as sub-publisher in the Benelux.

Read the coverage on BILLBOARDTHE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, and MUSICWEEK.