Los Angeles, 25th January 2023
Visionary independent label +1 Records has announced a strategic, global partnership with Exceleration Music, the global venture dedicated to enhancing the future of independent music.
Exceleration has made an investment in +1’s catalog and the companies have forged a partnership whereby Exceleration will provide the resources and operational support to help power the label’s upcoming releases. Centered on artist development, New York and Los Angeles-based +1 Records has forged a reputation as a contemporary, modern label. Forbes declared, “This record label is what the future of [the] Music Business looks like.”
Co-founder and CEO Jonny Kaps will lead +1 Records into the future and artists will continue to have the personal support of the label’s dedicated team. +1 Records co-founder Nat Hays Boas has exited to pursue other opportunities as the company embarks on this new chapter. As a strategic partner, Exceleration will provide +1 Records with best-in-class support in distribution, marketing, operations, administrative services, and more for its past and future releases.
New music from Rejjie Snow, Nate Husser, Lo Village, and Anna Shoemaker will be among the first releases powered by the new partnership. Since launching with breakthrough releases from The Heavy, the label has built a tasteful, credible, diverse roster of artists from all over the world across multiple genres. +1 is renowned for having the proven ability to take careers to the next level in an organic fashion that preserves artistic integrity.
The strategic partnership is the latest in a series of significant deals for Exceleration, which has also partnered with notable labels Mom+Pop Music, Kill Rock Stars, Heroic Music Group, and others over the past year.
Jonny Kaps of +1 Records says, “+1 Records has always been different. We are an independent record label that comes from a management perspective, specializing in artist development. Our A&R prioritizes music and artists over data. I am so happy to partner with an independent company whose values, philosophies, strategies, and resourcefulness mirror our own. Together we will be an even great resource for independent artists. Our first goal has always been and will always be to allow artists to be artists, supported by a passionate and creative team where the artist always comes first.”
“Jonny and the +1 team have built a vibrant and impactful label by focusing on artist development and being agile and innovative. From my first meeting with Jonny it was clear his passion, vision, and artist-first ethos, completely aligned with our mission at Exceleration Music. I know that by combining the talented +1 team, with the expertise and resources of the growing and talented Exceleration team, we will together take +1 and its artists into a bright future. I am genuinely thrilled to have Jonny and +1 as part of the Exceleration family,” exclaims Exceleration Partner, Amy Dietz.
Glen Barros, Managing Partner of Exceleration adds, “Our investment in +1 underscores one primary way in which Exceleration serves the independent music community. Jonny has done a remarkable job of creating a cutting-edge label. We believe that, with our added human and financial resources, he will have the ability to take the label to the next level and beyond – way beyond! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this partnership.”
About +1 Records
Launched in 2008 by co-founders Jonny Kaps, Nat Hays Boas, and Josh Swade, +1 Records has earned a reputation for discovering and developing artists with a vision. By staying true to their roots and taking a holistic artist-driven approach, +1 Records has helped shape the careers of The Heavy, The Kooks, Coast Modern, Anna of the North, Rejjie Snow, Nate Husser, Anna Shoemaker, Is0kenny, and many more. Learn more at https://plus1records.com.
About Exceleration Music
Exceleration Music is a company formed by global music industry leaders Glen Barros, Amy Dietz, John Burk, Dave Hansen, and Charles Caldas to invest in the future of independent labels and artists. Exceleration offers personalized solutions to entrepreneurs seeking capital to achieve growth as well as those trying to achieve liquidity or an honorable exit. The company’s growing team of data, sales, and marketing experts works to preserve and enhance the legacies of both entrepreneurs and their artists alike. To date, Exceleration has strategic relationships with Alligator, Bloodshot, Candid, Kill Rock Stars, Mom+Pop, The Ray Charles Foundation/Tangerine, SideOneDummy, and the Heroic Music Group. Learn more at www.excelerationmusic.com.