Two prominent music distributors are announcing their latest globetrotting plans. For The Orchard, that means opening an office in Tokyo to fully establish The Orchard Japan. It’ll be led by former Amazon Music exec Yuuki Kaneko, who’s The Orchard’s VP, Japan. The new division will focus on offering its distribution and other services to Japanese artists, labels and management companies, with the aim of helping them thrive digitally elsewhere in the world, as well as in Japan.
Meanwhile, rival distributor Ditto Music’s latest expansion isn’t a new office: it’s a world tour. The company is establishing its own conference called Ditto X, aimed at independent musicians, with a cast of industry people offering advice on the modern music industry. Starting on 16 September, the event will visit nine cities in the UK, before packing its bags for Stockholm, New York, LA, Nashville, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid, Nairobi, Mumbai, Melbourne and Paris among other international cities.