Paul Hitchman - Kobalt Music

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President, Kobalt Music

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Paul is President of Kobalt Music Recordings which is part of the Kobalt Music Group, one of the world's leading independent music companies. 

Kobalt Music Recordings includes AWAL, founded in 2004. AWAL is Kobalt's artist development partner for artists without a label, and helps its members manage and grow their careers with full flexibility, ownership, and control. With local offices around the world, AWAL's services include digital sales and distribution, playlist promotion, YouTube monetization, member support, A&R and marketing, and real-time data analytics with the ground-breaking AWAL App.

AWAL’s curated roster ranges from new artists to global successes, including Moby, Passenger, Ray BLK, R3HAB, Tom Misch, VERITE, and Yung Lean.

To hear music from some of the exciting artists represented by AWAL, visit the AWAL First playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. For more information on AWAL, please visit

Paul previously co-founded a series of companies in digital music – Playlouder, an early innovator in digital music; MSP, a white label music streaming and download platform; and CI, the market leader in digital supply chain services for the indie sector.

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