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Need further proof that Berlin is the new center of the creative universe? Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) is setting up shop in the German capital. It’s the third such office for WCM Germany, the publishing arm of the Warner Music Group–its headquarters are in Hamburg and they also have an outpost in Munich.
The Berlin office, which serves primarily as an A&R hub, is attached to the Riverside Studios in Central Berlin by the River Spree. The location will please the many Berlin residents on WCM Germany roster, including Abaz, David Garrett, Samon Kawamura, Roland “Roy” Knauf, Kontra K, Lindemann, Marteria and Nena.
“Berlin’s cosmopolitan culture, combined with its access to affordable living, continues to attract a new generation of inspired creatives,” said Lars Karlsson, W/C Managing Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Nordics. “We’re excited to be opening a new office in a city with such a diverse, innovative songwriting scene. This expansion is part of our commitment to always provide best-in-class services to songwriters from Germany and around the world.”
"Germany is the third largest music market in the world, and Berlin is an artistically vibrant capital," said Jon Platt, Warner/Chappell Music’s Chairman & CEO. "So it’s great to have a dedicated team in three different cities, seeking out and nurturing talent across this dynamic country. It is our mission to help great songwriters thrive, wherever they are, and to that end, we are continually growing our global presence.”