Armada Music’s Dance Investment Fund Acquires Cloud 9 Music, Effectively Tripling Its Headcount

Armada Music's Cloud 9
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Armada Music’s dance investment fund has acquired Amsterdam-based publisher Cloud 9 Music, significantly bolstering Armada’s headcount.

Armada Music’s dance investment fund, BEAT Music Fund, has announced the acquisition of Amsterdam-based music publisher Cloud 9 Music, effectively tripling Armada’s publishing division headcount. As part of the deal, the teams at Armada’s existing publishing company will merge with Cloud 9 Music to form Armada Music Publishing.

Cloud 9 Music’s copyright assets and songwriters will be serviced and administered by Armada Music Publishing, while employees from Cloud 9 will significantly bolster its headcount. Armada Music Publishing will include a full-service and experienced publishing back-office team operating under the parent company Armada Music Group.

Maykel Piron will oversee Armada Music Publishing and its entities, with a leadership team that includes CFO Margôt Hölscher, GM Michel Peek, and Head of Publishing Administration, Ronald Visser.

“This acquisition is significant to us and will boost our ability to empower today’s dance artists and expand their opportunities to monetize their work in the current landscape,” said Piron, CEO and co-founder of Armada Music Group. “Now more than ever, today’s artists need a trusted partner. Providing label, publishing services, and opportunities within catalog investment all under one roof directly fuels our ongoing mission to advocate for dance artists, contribute to their success, and uphold the value of creativity.”

Armada Music Group’s acquisition enables the new Armada Music Publishing to represent a roster of songwriters, producers, and emerging talent, including Armin van Buuren, Brennan Heart, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, D.O.D., Dubvision, Kevin Saunderson, Nervo, Reinier Zonneveld, Sander van Doorn, Vini Vici, W&W, Yulia Niko, Priska, KDYN, and many more.

BEAT Music Fund launched in April 2023 as an artist-friendly vehicle to “unlock value” from recordings and copyrights within the dance spectrum. Its success has fueled the acquisitions of Cloud 9, New York-based King Street Sounds, Dutch dance duo Chocolate Puma, and UK-based labels Sola Records and VIVa MUSiC. BEAT plans to increase its investment to at least $500 million in the next few years, with Armada Music and its publishing arm working in tandem to uphold the legacy of dance artists and protect their work’s value.