Utopia Music makes layoffs because it downsizes international workforce


Utopia Music has develop into the most recent firm to considerably reduce the dimensions of its international workforce.

The acquisitive Switzerland-headquartered firm has confirmed to MBW that it has made various layoffs.

Sources counsel these cuts have primarily are available in Utopia’s central group – together with some high-level executives – in addition to its tech-focused workforce.

Up to now, Utopia’s tech staff have been tasked with constructing the agency’s proprietary music monitoring platform, typically referenced because the ‘Utopia Open Platform’ (UOP).

MBW understands that Utopia’s international group numbers 1,200 folks. That determine consists of each contractors and round 800 staff.

A Utopia Music spokesperson informed MBW at this time (November 24): “Like many progress corporations in at this time’s macroeconomic surroundings, Utopia is making adjustments to its inside construction to optimize the enterprise.

“We’ve grown quickly in two years, organically and thru 15 acquisitions. Now, we’re realizing price synergies throughout these acquisitions and specializing in sustainable progress. These adjustments allow us to higher serve the Music Business and ship Honest Pay for Each Play.

“Sadly, meaning saying goodbye to a few of our colleagues as a part of this course of. This isn’t a choice that was taken flippantly and we tremendously worth the contribution of all our staff to Utopia’s journey to date.”

“We’ve grown quickly in two years, organically and thru 15 acquisitions. Now, we’re realizing price synergies throughout these acquisitions and specializing in sustainable progress.”

Utopia Music spokesperson

Utopia is headed up by CEO Markku Mäkeläinen and was based by Mattias Hjelmstedt.

Hjelmstedt beforehand based media streaming startups Voddler and Magine.

Information of job losses at Utopia follows a wave of layoffs sweeping throughout the tech-leaning aspect of the worldwide music enterprise.

Simply final week, MENA-focused Spotify rival Anghami revealed that it was reducing 22% of its headcount. That adopted the information in August of SoundCloud‘s discount to its international workforce by roughly 20%.

US-based assortment society BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) additionally confirmed in August that it was shedding “slightly below 10%” of its whole workforce.

Spotify was additionally reportedly lowering its new hiring earlier this 12 months, whereas newer on-line rumors have hinted at workers being let go from its expertise group. There have been additionally experiences final month of podcast staff being laid off at SPOT.

Immediately’s information follows a hiring spree at Utopia over the previous 14 months – which has taken place alongside an aggressive acquisition technique.

That acquisition spree has included: UK warehouse, achievement, and distribution agency Cinram Novum; UK-based bodily and digital music distributor Correct Music Group; and Absolute Label Companies, one other UK-based distribution and companies supplier for unbiased artists and report labels.

Earlier this 12 months Utopia additionally acquired Liverpool-based music writer and publishing administration firm Sentric Music Group.

In December 2021 it acquired US-based music business listing ROSTR and Austria-based music knowledge analytics platform, ForTunes.

In October 2021, the agency purchased Nashville-based monetary companies firm, Lyric Monetary and in September, Utopia purchased Quincy Jones-backed emotional knowledge enrichment firm Musimap.

One among Utopia’s senior appointments this 12 months was Ulf Zick, who exited his function as Managing Director, Worldwide at Common Music Germany in April to hitch Utopia.

Final week we realized, that simply six months after becoming a member of Utopia as Chief Advertising Officer, Zick’s introduced he’s leaving the Swiss firm for a job again at Common.

In August, MBW reported that Utopia was making an attempt to lift €300 million in a Collection C spherical that may worth its firm at €2.5 billion.Music Enterprise Worldwide


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