Most Innovative Companies


The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018

Since launching in 2000, Kobalt has been busy rewiring one of the most arcane and complex aspects of the music industry: publishing and royalties. The Google Ventures-backed company scours the web and music services to find unpaid royalties and collects them on behalf of 8,000 creators—getting more money into the hands of artists, songwriters, and producers more quickly and transparently. In 2016, Kobalt launched a new mobile app for artists to track their data and earnings, and views on different platforms. Kobalt provides its clients with a specialized team that focuses on helping content creators monitor the distribution of their music around the world and market their work to help them grow their brand and ultimately gain more commercial success. The company has secured physical distribution partnerships with Sony Music Canada, Pias in France, PopStock Everlasting in Spain, and Alliance and Super D in the U.S. Made up of over 500 employees, Kobalt works with 45,000 artists and songwriters and 600 publishing companies, and has collaborated with such artists as Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, and Gwen Stefani.

2018: Music
2017: Music
headquarters: New York City
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