At Downtown, we take the long view on owning, managing and developing song catalogs. We focus on the details that are important to our clients while thinking about the opportunity for our music on a global scale. Today, we are expanding on this vision by opening offices in two of our favorite cities: Paris and Sydney.
Though you could hardly pick two more disparate locations, these music centers (and the broader markets they represent) have quite a bit in common:
These cities have extraordinary track records of nurturing homegrown songwriting talent who have changed the shape of popular culture; they share strong copyright laws upheld by forward-thinking collective rights management organizations; they are dynamic advertising, media, and technology centers; we have had fantastic sushi in both.
Yes, it’s true. Paris and Sydney have extraordinary Japanese restaurants, amongst many other exceptional options. This fact is relevant because we love to eat, but it’s also illustrative of the borderless world in which we live today.
Apart from food, it’s hard to think of another industry that has grappled with the challenges or embraced the opportunities of globalization quite like music. Writing sessions are happening across multiple time zones, artists are collaborating in different languages, and international hits are breaking through to audiences previously unimaginable. But at the same time that we speak of an increasingly connected world, it’s essential to recognize the importance of local cultures and their relevance in artistic development.
On behalf of everyone at Downtown, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Charles Braud, Laura Bedikian, and Armel Bernard in Paris and Rachel Kelly in Sydney. Working closely with our teams in New York, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Tokyo, we look forward to investing in the next generation of local songwriting talent and helping their music reach the global stage.