Launch Music International Meeting Day – July 4th


Launch Music International Meeting Day – July 4th

at The Crown Hotel, 38 High St, Stone ST15 8AS July 4th

Launch Music International, are a Stone based one-stop-shop solution for record labels and recording artists, offering a full services, including post production, manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing and PR – specialising in classical, jazz and world.

Founded in 2009, against the backdrop of a rapidly shrinking physical music market we’ve grown over the last 7 years in to one of the UK’s leading independent physical and digital distributors with almost 50 record labels in our global portfolio (inc UK) and another 40 for ‘export only’.

The majority of our distributed labels are owned by artists, composers, producers and ‘husband and wife’ teams – small family owned businesses looking to find a route to worldwide markets. We are also a small family business – run by myself and my wife.

As a group we are infinitely larger that the sum of our parts  — as a group we offer a substantial turnover to distributors and retail who buy from us. Our labels include multi award winning albums, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Albums of the Year, BBC Radio 3 awards, Classics FM awards, critic’s choices and a host of other awards around the world.

On July 4th this year label owners from across our group will come together for the first time. We will be meeting to discuss all areas of sales and marketing, press and promotions – best practice – maximization of sales when time, money, resources and opportunity is limited. The day will consist of a series of presentations, instigating some lively debate — we have invited a stellar line up of speakers from the music industry and outside.
09:30 ALL DAY Delegate Registration – Morning Coffee
10:00 Philip Hateley / Brief Introduction – Welcome to the morning session
10:10 Jason Lazelle
10:40 Chris O Reilly

11:40 Oliver Condy
12:20 Marc Hardenberg

13:00 LUNCH
14:15 Afternoon Delegate Registration
14:45 Philip Hateley / Introduction to our afternoon delegates
15:00 Melanie Thomas

15:30 Simon Perry
16:30 Round Up and Any Further Questions

FINISH from 5pm onwards


Jason Lazelle – Label Owner of Moochin About. Experienced 20 years at the front line of UK sales – from Tower Records through to (until recently) Discovery Records. Long terms business relationships with retailers nationwide – we’re thrilled to report Jason is now serving as our jazz/world product manager and sales rep.

Chris O Reilly – Manager of Presto Classical — currently the ‘go-to’ store for the classical buyer – a beautifully presented, spacious high street retailer based in Leamington Spa with highly knowledgeable staff, offering a full range of music, instruments, sheet music. Chris and the team have also developed the UK’s preeminent specialist classical online shopping experience offering both physical CDs/DVDs and digital downloads.

Oliver Condy – Editor of the BBC Music Magazine. Currently the world’s best selling Classical Music Magazine.

Marc Hardenberg – Managing Director of Hardenberg&Co – the UK’s leading distributor of baby products. Starting at Johnson & Johnson in the Netherlands, followed by senior positions at MAM in Austria (VP Sales & Marketing) and Jackel International as International Sales & Marketing Director – Marc has managed consumer brands like Clairol, Clean & Clear, Wisdom, Johnson’s Dental, Johnson’s Baby, MAM, Tommee Tippee.

Melanie Thomas – Head of Music Therapy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. As music therapist in one of Europe’s largest children’s hospitals we know that Mel’s unique insight in to the positive benefits of music will be one of the highlight of the day’s proceedings for our label owners – knowing that their content can be taken forward in this inspiring and rewarding way.

Simon Perry – Managing Director of Hyperion Records – One of the leading independent British classical record labels, founded in 1980 – a small family business that has grown in one of the biggest success stories – the label is a household name, a worldwide brand – a major force in the British and worldwide music industry.