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Kobalt Music

The future of music is simple.

New York, NY







Founded year


Entertainment & Media


Mission & purpose

Kobalt is one of the world’s largest, most innovative music companies, using technology to power creative freedom, transparency, ownership and control for artists, songwriters, publishers, and labels. As file-sharing wreaked havoc on the record industry, Kobalt took a bet on digital music and won. Founded in 2000 by Swedish entrepreneur Willard Ahdritz, the startup built a platform to maximize efficiency, accuracy, and transparency across the billions of micro-payments collected in today’s highly complex digital world. As traditional music companies fought technology and contracted, Kobalt embraced it and grew, building an infrastructure and world-class creative team purposely designed to usher in the streaming era, along with a more fair, rewarding music business for creators. Today, Kobalt has over 700 employees in 12 offices around the world, represents over 20,000 artists and songwriters, 600,000 songs and 600 publishing companies, and continues to push its disruptive philosophy and values into other areas of the music industry. Recent innovations AMRA, the world’s first global digital performing rights organization, are both considered major agents of change in their respective businesses. Kobalt is proud to work with some of the world’s greatest artists and songwriters, representing on average over 60% of the top 100 songs in both the US and UK. Kobalt clients include Childish Gambino, Marshmello, Beck, Wolf Alice, Max Martin, Ozuna, Tash Sultana, Paul McCartney and MPL Communications, Disney Music Group, and many more.

Culture & values

We Are Music First

First and foremost, we are a music company. We advocate for the music at every turn. Music has always come first and it always will. Our role, as we see it, is to empower creators so they can make more of the music that moves the world.

We Are Transformative

We didn’t just change the industry once, we are doing it daily. Constant evolution is in our DNA and means we move with agility and set our expectations high so we can be better for our creators and our people. We wield our power as thought leaders to drive meaningful change. We are brave and bold.

We Are Powered by Technology

Our industry celebrates diversity, and our workplace reflects that. Bring your best self, and make sure others can as well.

We Are Transparent

Kobalt started the paradigm shifting philosophy that changed the music industry. We pull back the curtain and dig deeper into the data to reveal the true power of music to creators, the industry, and the world. Creators deserve exactly what their music is worth. No secrets here.

We Are Creators

Every member of our team – from A&R to product to administration – is a creator. With an entrepreneurial spirit and creative passion, we work tirelessly to innovate, overcome challenges, and create opportunities for our artists. We’re at our best when we’re helping creators do their best.

We Are Inclusive

Our commitment to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture is at our core and we strive to be a reflection of the creators we represent.


Work-Life Balance

Our hybrid work model ensures close relationships with your team, the perks of office life, and the flexibility to work from home.

Recharge Days

Take an extra day off per quarter for self-care in addition to our generous vacation policies and office closure between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Global Corporate Discounts

Our subscription to Perkbox gives you access to over 4,000 perks and discounts worldwide.

Learning Opportunities

We offer a range of tools and support to help you stay on track with your development goals, so you can grow and succeed in your career.

Summer Fridays

Enjoy Friday afternoons off during July and August to recharge and enjoy the summer months.

Wellness Programs

We provide a subscription to Calm, access to the Perkbox Wellbeing Hub, and an employee assistance program (EAP) to support your well-being.