Rights management firm Interstellar Music launches with key hires from Kobalt, BMG

A brand new rights administration firm known as Interstellar Music Providers has launched, and has made two high-profile appointments from Kobalt Music Publishing and BMG Rights Administration.

Former Kobalt Music Publishing SVP David Wille will be part of Interstellar as World Head of Sync and Model Partnerships, whereas Sarah Bargiela, former BMG Senior Supervisor for Revenue Monitoring, will function Head of Copyright and Royalties.

Launched by artist supervisor Andy Robinson and “cross asset speculator” Sean Stockdale, UK-based  Interstellar describes itself as a music rights administration firm “established for artists, songwriters and creators”.

The corporate claims that it focuses on “maximising the worth and revenue potential of music rights by taking a forensic, fingers on and bespoke method to metadata evaluation, distribution, publishing administration, neighbouring rights and music licensing”.

The corporate was based by Robinson and Stockdale, who first met throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and conceived the corporate throughout lockdown collectively in Barcelona.

With over 15 years of music trade expertise, Robinson covers music advertising and marketing and technique, music publishing, rights administration, and artist and label providers. He began his profession as an artist supervisor with Interstellar MGMT, establishing models Interstellar Music and Interstellar Publishing.

“By means of my time within the trade, notably as an artist supervisor, I’ve seen first hand how difficult it’s for artists and their groups to make sure that their music is accurately registered and that they’re benefitting from the worth of their creations by way of the suitable licensing alternatives. It shouldn’t be so burdensome,” stated Robinson.

“Altering trade dynamics now imply that artists – rightly – have extra selection and autonomy over how they’ll launch and handle their music. We need to assist this by offering knowledgeable music rights administration service that allows them to maximise the worth of their creations.”

Andy Robinson

“Altering trade dynamics now imply that artists – rightly – have extra selection and autonomy over how they’ll launch and handle their music. We need to assist this by offering knowledgeable music rights administration service that allows them to maximise the worth of their creations with out the necessity to relinquish any possession of their work.”

In the meantime, Stockdale is an asset supervisor with 13 years’ expertise in world monetary markets,. Stockdale may even apply his experience in ‘sabermetrics’ to Interstellar Music.

“Coming from outdoors the trade has given me a novel perspective on the challenges that exist in how music is valued and compensated. Not solely are artists all people, so are the songs that they create; each copyright has totally different necessities and ought to be handled as such,” Stockdale stated.

“As an asset supervisor, it’s my function to optimize the alternatives for the music we now have the honour of representing, relatively than merely telling artists to make extra, strive tougher or change their course of.”

Stockdale added: “The alternatives for music are huge and I imagine it’s time to work extra proactively and to assume creatively about how you can place music on behalf of purchasers. The creators do their bit, then it’s as much as us to search out the alternatives for his or her music, no matter their particular person sound could also be. That’s the mission for Interstellar.”


Former Kobalt government David Wille has over 30 years of expertise within the music trade working throughout main and indie file labels, music publishers, promoting companies, world manufacturers and tech start-ups.

At Kobalt, Wille spent 5 years constructing an award-winning sync crew. Previous to that, he held senior roles at Warner Music, Atlantic and London Data, and based and constructed the sync and model company One Tree Music.

Commenting on his appointment, Wille stated: “Andy and Sean have a transparent imaginative and prescient of what they need to obtain with Interstellar and the concentrate on mission and tradition is what in the end motivated me to affix. In as we speak’s ecosystem, artists, songwriters and rightsholders are working onerous to service a brand new set of calls for and expectations, however there are additionally many alternatives which are missed; music just isn’t certain by borders, and neither will we be.”

“I’m pushed by the alternatives which are on the market to assist songwriters and artists and I need to use the information and networks that I’ve constructed over a few years to in the end assist the worth of their creations,” added Wille.

Interstellar Music additionally employed Sarah Bargiela from BMG Rights Administration, the place she was Senior Revenue Monitoring Supervisor for 5 years, specializing in sub-publishing. In that function, Bargiela managed a world portfolio of rights, monitoring, figuring out and addressing income alternatives and inconsistencies by way of information manipulation.

The appointment took place two months after Bargiela introduced on LinkedIn that she was leaving her function at BMG after 5 years.

Earlier than becoming a member of BMG, she held varied senior worldwide roles at PRS for Music, the place she labored for 10 years.

“the attraction of Interstellar, which is taking successful centered and forensic method to metadata evaluation and licensing, is the boutique component whereby the crew is motivated to discover each alternative and each missed information supply and revenue stream that artists can entry.”

Sarah Bargiela

“For me the attraction of Interstellar, which is taking successful centered and forensic method to metadata evaluation and licensing, is the boutique component whereby the crew is motivated to discover each alternative and each missed information supply and revenue stream that artists can entry,” says Bargiela.

“The technique of mixing know-how and human sources to leverage tech and increase skilled people relatively than change them, ensures that each one bases are coated and no alternatives are missed. I’m trying ahead to working with a crew that understands the worth of metadata and the necessity to stay agile in a fast-evolving trade. Our purpose is to construct one thing particular at Interstellar,” Bargiela continued.

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