Kobalt Music Group

Kobalt Music Group (Kobalt) is the leading global independent music services company, offering music publishing, label services and neighbouring rights services worldwide. Kobalt provides its clients with unparalleled transparency, online copyright administration and royalty tracking, including a real-time online portal, creative and synch/licensing services, weekly online balances, digital collections and advances to writers, publishers, performers and other rights holders. With 210 employees in offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Berlin, Sydney and Stockholm as well as agents in over 20 major territories, Kobalt administers more than 600,000 songs on behalf of content holders, including the world’s top songwriters, artists and other music publishers.

Kobalt counts among its clients Paul McCartney and MPL Communications, Disney Music Group, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Dave Grohl, Lady Antebellum, Stevie Nicks, No Doubt, Ryan Tedder, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Skrillex, the Miles Davis catalog and Herbie Hancock among many others. In 2013, Kobalt Music Group was honored as the first ASCAP Publishing Administrator of the Year. The company also received its sixth consecutive award for Independent Publisher of the Year at the Music Week Awards (UK).
Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
381 (est)+3%
Kobalt Music Group was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in London, GB

Key People at Kobalt Music Group

Willard Ahdritz

Willard Ahdritz

Founder & CEO
James Fitzherbert-Brockholes

James Fitzherbert-Brockholes

Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Christiaan Winchester

Christiaan Winchester

General Counsel
Paul Hitchman

Paul Hitchman

MD, Kobalt Label Services
Sas Metcalfe

Sas Metcalfe

President, Global Creative
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Chief Technical Officer

Kobalt Music Group Office Locations

Kobalt Music Group has offices in London, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and in 5 other locations
London, GB (HQ)
4 Valentine Place
Sydney, AU
24 30 Springfield Ave Suite 203
Stockholm, SE
Fleminggatan 61 Nb Pl2
Berlin, DE
Oberwallstrasse 1
Nashville, US
1019 17th Avenue S.
Los Angeles, US
8201 Beverly Boulevard
Atlanta, US
83 Walton Street Nw
New York, US
317 Madison Avenue

Kobalt Music Group Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date


Total Funding

$116 m

Latest funding size

$60 m

Time since last funding

about 2 years


Kobalt Music Group's latest funding round in February 2015 was reported to be $60 m. In total, Kobalt Music Group has raised $116 m. Kobalt Music Group's latest valuation is reported to be £459.4 m.

Kobalt Music Group Financial Metrics

Revenue (2016)

£208.1 m

Revenue growth (2015-16), %


Gross profit

£24.5 m

Gross profit margin (2016), %


Net income (2016)

(£15.6 m)

Market valuation

£459.4 m

Cash (30-Jun-2016)

£28.1 m
  • Source: Company Filings,
Kobalt Music Group's revenue was reported to be £208.1 m in FY, 2016 which is a 23% increase from the previous period.
FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


£107 m£135 m£169.6 m£208.1 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

£94.2 m£119.6 m£149.7 m£183.6 m

Gross profit

£12.8 m£15.4 m£19.9 m£24.5 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Operating expense total

£17 m£26.6 m£36.9 m£37.9 m

Pre tax profit

(£11.5 m)(£20.1 m)(£13.7 m)

Net Income

(£12.8 m)(£21.6 m)(£15.6 m)
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


£14.2 m£37 m£28.1 m

Current Assets

£75.7 m£115.5 m£131.1 m


£6.5 m£5.8 m£5.4 m


£1.2 m£6.7 m£6.2 m

Total Assets

£83.4 m£128 m£142.7 m

Accounts Payable

£950.3 k£1 m£759.9 k

Current Liabilities

£81.2 m£107.6 m£144 m

Retained Earnings

(£12.8 m)(£21.6 m)(£15.6 m)

Total Equity

£2.2 m£20.4 m(£1.3 m)

Financial Leverage

38.5 x6.3 x-111.6 x
FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Cash From Operating Activities

(£9.1 m)(£10.5 m)(£13.8 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

£8.8 m£32.1 m£15.1 m

Income Taxes Paid

(£1.3 m)(£1.5 m)(£1.9 m)

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