Kobalt Hires Former Three Six Zero General Manager and General Counsel, Arif Mahmud

Mahmud to Lead Business Affairs for the Company’s Music Recordings Division Across Non-US Territories

LONDON, UK – 19 APRIL 2017 – Kobalt, the leading independent music services  company, today announced that Arif Mahmud has joined Kobalt as vice president, business affairs. In his role, Arif will work with Kobalt’s management team in the expansion of Kobalt Music Recordings’ and AWAL’s (Kobalt’s streaming label for independent artists) business and client base in all regions outside the U.S. Mahmud will be primarily focused on helping shape the deal structure and legal and commercial framework for future client partnerships. 

A 16 year veteran in the entertainment industry, Mahmud brings extensive relationships and legal and business knowledge to his role at Kobalt. Prior to joining Kobalt, Mahmud was general manager and general counsel at Three Six Zero, and prior to that, Mahmud was business affairs manager for Universal Music’s front line labels, Polydor and Capitol, in the UK.

“Having dealt with Kobalt in one way or another over the last decade, I had always been envious of what the company had achieved in such a short space of time since its inception,” said Mahmud. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Paul Hitchman and the team to roll out new versions of Kobalt’s and AWAL’s unique services to artists, labels, management companies and other partners. Kobalt has always been about putting the creator in the centre, and I’m confident that together we can ensure that all our artists see how we’re committed to that ethos.”

Paul Hitchman, President of Kobalt Music Recordings, said, “Bringing on Arif and his wealth of entertainment experience will be crucial for our company and clients we represent.” Paul continued, “We have a lot of great things in the works and I know he will bolster our exploration of new business and client partnerships.”


Kobalt is the world’s leading independent music services company. Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Label Services, and Neighboring Rights divisions each offer an alternative to the traditional music business model, empowering artists, songwriters, publishers and labels with advanced technology, transparency, flexibility, ownership and control. Kobalt’s innovative technology solutions are designed to maximize efficiency and accuracy across the billions of micro-payments collected in today’s highly complex digital world.

Kobalt has experienced tremendous growth year-over-year through the past decade and now serves over 8,000+ songwriters and over 500 publishing companies worldwide. Kobalt works with many of the world’s greatest artists and songwriters, representing on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and UK. Kobalt has built the most trusted brand in music among music creators including Beck, Dr Luke, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Grohl, deadmau5, Max Martin, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Sam Smith, Noah “40” Shebib, Skrillex and many more.

Kobalt offers its clients a variety of services, including creative services, synch & brand partnerships, global licensing management, neighboring rights, works and rights distribution, royalty collection and processing, online data and royalty statements, record release management, and digital marketing and monetization. For more information on Kobalt, please contact: info@kobaltmusic.com, or visit us at www.kobaltmusic.com.

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