Warner Music Group Shifts Its Los Angeles Headquarters to Downtown

Warner Music Group's Burbank digs will soon be history.

Warner Music Group’s Burbank digs will soon be history.

Warner Music Group’s Los Angeles HQ will shift to Downtown LA.

Warner Music Group (WMG) is riding high.

Yesterday, the major label confirmed its revenue topped $1.2 billion for the fiscal quarter ended December 31st, 2018.  Its music publishing operation also rose 15.3% to $165 million.

Now, continuing on its long-term strategy, WMG has unveiled the opening dates for its new HQ.

Opening up in Downtown LA.

Warner Music Group has confirmed it will move into a state-of-the-art building in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

Warner/Chappell, the label’s music publishing division, will relocate first on February 25th.  Warner Bros. Records, along with the teams for Elektra, Atlantic, Rhino, WEA, and ADA, will also move on March 18th.

WMG LA will shift its headquarters to a historic building at 777 S. Santa Fe Avenue in the Arts District.

The company also confirmed the move marks the first time its entire west coast operations will work under one roof.

Rockwell Group, an architecture firm, designed the space.  The historic building will feature recording studios, artist lounges, and custom-designed offices.  Originally, the building was built as a factory and showroom for Ford’s Model T in 1912.

The first floor will serve as a ‘central gathering hub’ featuring flexible co-working areas and a space for live performances.  Also, the rooftop will offer ‘breathtaking views’ of Downtown Los Angeles.

Stating the new space will ‘feed off the vibe created by the neighborhood’s art, fashion, and food enterprises,’ WMG wrote,

[The space will] provide an environment where the distinctive cultures of WMG’s different labels and business units will flourish, while allowing for greater creative collaboration across the company.

Adding that Downtown L.A.’s budding art, fashion, and food scene is ‘a natural fit’ for the company, the area serves as a ‘magnet for businesses, entrepreneurs, and creatives.’

WMG worked closely with Rockwell Group to transform the building and modernize it into a ‘sleek and modern space.’  The firm led the renovation and restoration efforts.  At the same time, Warner wanted to preserve and highlight the building’s ‘beautiful historic elements.’

 


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      Sam G

      And that’s the problem. The streets in that area are not ready for a large increase in traffic. There’s no parking, either. Good luck to those with a short-sighted vision.

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        LA Watcher

        There’s a new train line (Expo) + Purple line getting expanded. Add Red and you got three major train lines + all commuter lines, busses… situation lookin’ good for LA!

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          Sam G

          Good initial answer, but you’ve never ridden the trains, it appears. They take a much longer time, can be crowded, are getting dirtier, have homeless and there is no place to park near a stop (how to get to the stop). Lots of challenges that LA has yet to address.

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    Ernest

    This historic building has added a 3 storie parking garage for its future tenants. Also there are new apts that have just opened up and plenty of new apt construction in that area.Its a perfect model for work/live situations where you don’t need to drive. Plenty of restaurants,bars and shopping places are already there. If you haven’t visited the Arts District you’d be surprised at all the shops and businesses that are florishing there.

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