We are thrilled to announce the launch of our sixth office in the second largest music market in the world! Based in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, Downtown Music Japan will focus on signing and developing Japanese songwriters, artists and producers, marketing and promoting Downtown’s substantial English-catalog, and more efficiently collecting songwriting royalties.
Overseeing the expansion is our International A&R Director, Taeko Saito, who joined the company in 2015 in Los Angeles, and will also serve as Creative Director of Downtown Music Japan. Growing our team, we welcome accomplished executive Rika Yasumoto as Creative Manager, who was previously a manager at Rising Productions where she was responsible for the creative direction of Japan’s biggest pop star, Namie Amuro.
We are also excited about our new partnership with Avex Music Publishing, a division of Avex Group Holdings Inc, the largest music company in Japan, who will be working closely with our new office on creative and administrative projects.
Downtown Music Japan has already hit the ground running -- we recently landed our first spot for Suzuki’s new Swift car campaign rollout featuring Zedd’s “Beautiful Now” co-written by Downtown songwriter and producer Antonina Armato of Rock Mafia.
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