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Havas Sports & Entertainment and Music Dealers join forces to help brands better leverage music

Press Release – September 10th, 2013

Paris/London – Brand engagement network, Havas Sports & Entertainment (HS&E), and Music Dealers, an international music licensing agency, today announce a global strategic partnership to provide an innovative music offering for brands interested in effectively integrating music into their communications.

This partnership forms part of HS&E’s strategy to strengthen its brand engagement and entertainment services by providing clients with unique music industry expertise and guidance as brands look to develop more unique and meaningful content.

Chicago-based, with offices in the US, Mexico City, and London, Music Dealers’ extensive knowledge of the global music industry, coupled with a roster of more than 20,000 emerging artists spanning 80 countries, perfectly complements HS&E’s global footprint of 35 offices in 20 markets. Music Dealers is helping provide HS&E’s extensive client portfolio with a wide range of specialized music-related communications services including content creation, strategic music programs with the freshest breakout artists, brand music partnerships and live music activations among others.    

In addition, HS&E and Music Dealers are currently working together to engage fans around a number of large-scale events for mutual client, The Coca-Cola Company.

Through its experiential marketing arm ignition, HS&E is organizing Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games to bring the Olympic flame to Russian fans in 2,900 towns and cities across 123 days. As the strategic music lead for Coca-Cola’s Olympic Torch relay, Music Dealers is supervising the creation of the official Coca-Cola Olympic Anthem, as well as live music performances throughout the relay. 

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, HS&E, through ignition, is organizing the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour on behalf of Coca-Cola, which will travel to 95 destinations in 86 countries, while Music Dealers will be creating adapted versions of the official Coca-Coca World Cup anthem using local artists from select key markets. 

Lucien Boyer, President & Global CEO of HS&E comments, “We are delighted with this unique collaboration that will provide our mutual clients with an unprecedented global offering in the areas of sports, music and entertainment marketing. Brands are looking for content that creates conversations and connections with people. As such, we look forward to helping them leverage music in innovative and locally-relevant ways, thanks to Music Dealers’ unrivalled industry knowledge and our understanding of fan communities. Our common entrepreneurial spirit and global reach will help us expand the reach of music and create personalized experiences that meaningfully engage fans everywhere.”

Eric Sheinkop, Music Dealers CEO and Co-founder, comments, “Music Dealers provides the most authentic music for today’s advertising and marketing, television, film and gaming industries, while breaking new bands across the globe. We’re honoured and excited to be working with such an experienced and trusted network as Havas Sports & Entertainment to provide brands with ways to maximize the power of music to engage their audiences across multiple communication platforms. From discovering and sourcing the best artists and music through our Discovery Tool to receiving bespoke creations via our professional crowdsourcing community, this partnership is one of many exciting new initiatives from Music Dealers which reinforces our vision of creating more value for brands through music.”



Havas Sports & Entertainment: Julia Furman
T: +33(0) 1 58 47 82 72

Music Dealers: Lyndsey Ager
T: +1 888 584 0005

About Havas Sports & Entertainment
Havas Sports & Entertainment is the global brand engagement network of HAVAS.

Part of HAVAS MEDIA GROUP, our 35 offices in 20 markets include Havas Sports & Entertainment and ignition agencies.

Our ambition is to be the best at connecting brands with people via their passions using creativity, media and technology to deliver experiences, content and social engagement.

Together we are 500 colleagues with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, delivering the best in strategy, research, brand communication, activation and live experience globally. This enables us to provide our clients with customized solutions based on a deep understanding of what binds people together into communities: shared passions.

Havas Sports & Entertainment agencies strategically assess how brands can create meaningful relationships with people leveraging their passion for sport and entertainment through content, SoMe, PR, and social experiences.

ignition delivers large-scale experiential marketing campaigns through socially conscious, sustainable events.

Our network benefits from the expertise of two strategic partners: Benza, our experiential marketing partner in Brazil, and London based Seven46, specializing in editorial communications and bid campaigns.

International clients include:  adidas, Atos, BBVA, BMW, BP, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Delta Air Lines, EDF, ESPN, Hyundai, Kia, LVMH, Mars, Nike, Orange, Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Puig, Reebok, Reckitt Benckiser, Santander, the United Nations Foundation, Victoria’s Secret, Yahoo! and YouTube and sports organizations such as Roland Garros, the Argentinean Tennis Association, the English Premier League, FIFA, the French Golf Federation, the International Rugby Board, the Italian Rugby Federation, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the English Football Association. 

Further information can be found at www.havas-se.com and www.ignition-inc.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Havas_SE

Havas Sports & Entertainment is the official organizer of the Global Sports Forum. (www.globalsportsforum.org)

About Music Dealers

Music Dealers™ is a global music technology company that provides clients in the advertising, television, film and gaming industries with the highest quality emerging music to enhance their work. Powered by a global artist community of the world’s top breakout artists, Music Dealers crowd-sources existing and original music, procures brand partnerships, live performances and offers the largest emerging artist music-licensing database in the world. In 2011, Music Dealers cemented a groundbreaking partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, which secured Music Dealers’ position as the organization's exclusive global music partner and earned Coca-Cola a minority stake in the company. Music Dealers is based in Chicago, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, London and Mexico City.

For more info, please visit: www.musicdealers.com