RED Distribution

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RED Distribution, LLC
Parent company Sony Music (U.S.)
Founded 1979
Country of origin U.S.
Location NYC (U.S.)
Official website

RED Distribution, LLC (Relativity Entertainment Distribution) is a Sony Music-owned sales and marketing division that merged under The Orchard in 2017. RED Distribution previously handled releases for more than sixty independent record labels. It was home to 'stache media, a marketing and brand partnership agency based in New York City which has since become RED Music.


Founded in 1979 as mainly a hard rock music distributor called Important Record Distributors, which originally distributed Metallica's first two LPs in the US, it became RED Distribution in the 1990s.

On June 1, 2017, Sony Music announced that it would merge RED's British affiliate, Red Essential, into The Orchard.[1] On June 5, Sony also included the American RED Distribution in its merger with The Orchard. The "RED" name will remain active as a new entity named RED MUSIC, which will provide marketing, label services, and joint ventures between Sony's labels and independent labels.[2]


  1. ^ Sony Merges The Orchard and Red Essential Into Single Artist/Label Services Division Richard Smirke June 1, 2017, Retrieved on June 1, 2017
  2. ^ Sony Merges RED Into The Orchard: What the Music Giant's Latest Consolidation Means for Indie Labels Ed Christman June 5, 2017, Retrieved on June 27, 2017

External links

  • Official RED Music site
  • The Orchard
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