Lonny Olinick Promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Kobalt Recordings Division

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 8, 2018 – Kobalt, a global independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, today announced that Lonny Olinick has been appointed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kobalt’s recordings division, which includes AWAL and Kobalt Music Recordings. Olinick will report directly to the founder and CEO of Kobalt Music, Willard Ahdritz.

Previously as Kobalt’s Chief Strategy Officer, Olinick was responsible for strategy and business development, as well as executive oversight for Kobalt’s recording division. Over the past year, Olinick was actively involved in Kobalt’s $89M fundraise and helped position AWAL as the destination for independent artists to develop and monetize in the streaming economy. This unique position has led to rapid growth for AWAL, billions of streams and the support of the best independent music talent.

“In the last year we optimized our recordings division for the music streaming market and as a result we had a banner year with our artists, said Olinick. “Our focus on identifying, developing and breaking new artists through our AWAL service, alongside our established artist clients has resulted in a number of break through successes. Lauv, who had a top 30 global radio hit, went gold or platinum in 10 territories and has more than 500 million audio streams with his songs since becoming a Kobalt client is one great example of our focus. This is the dawn of a new era and we will be at the digital forefront, just as we were with publishing.”

Olinick added, “Having worked closely with Paul (Hitchman) and Ron (Cerrito) over the past year, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to continuing to build this division together into a powerhouse.”

Commenting on Olinick’s promotion, Ahdritz stated, “Lonny has contributed immensely to the overall strength and growth of Kobalt Music in the past couple years. Not only is he a smart business strategist but he is an innovator who knows how to develop what’s best for artists - not just for today, but the future music industry. As the industry turns the page and starts to embrace streaming, the team led by Lonny will be a force to be reckoned with in this new music industry.”


Kobalt is the world’s leading independent music services company, built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt’s commitment to technology, transparency, and creators’ rights has driven tremendous growth year-over-year for the company and its clients. Today, Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Neighbouring Rights, and Recordings/AWAL divisions serve over 25,000 songwriters, 600 publishers, and 20,000 independent artists, including Steve Angello, The Chainsmokers, Kelly Clarkson, Miles Davis, Dave Grohl, Lauv, Zayn Malik, Max Martin, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Pitbull, Elvis Presley, Skrillex, Sam Smith, and many more. Kobalt represents on average over 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in both the US and UK.

Kobalt’s global technology platform is uniquely able to track and collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today. 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, the Kobalt and AWAL Portals and Apps, YouTube monetization, record release management, digital distribution and marketing. For more information on Kobalt, please contact: info@kobaltmusic.com, or visit us at www.kobaltmusic.com

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