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Mickey Cones ('99) Leads Relaunch of Verge Records

Thursday, June 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Mickey Jack Cones and Emmanuel Zunz

Indie label Verge Records, which had been the genesis of music company ONErpm, has relaunched with producer, publisher and artist manager Mickey Jack Cones at the helm. The Nashville-based Verge Records will leverage ONErpm’s global presence to discover and sign new talent.

Originally founded in 2006, Verge began as a social enterprise that won a grant from New York University’s Stern School of Business ‘Maximum Exposure Business Plan Competition’ to sign artists from impoverished areas, and reinvest profits from those releases in the artists’ communities to fund music education programs. The newly re-emerged Verge Records will contribute a portion of its annual profits to charitable organizations.

“Verge Records was my original passion project, ” said Emmanuel Zunz, founder of both Verge Records and ONErpm. “But I realized at the time that in order to create change at a global scale, I needed to invest in technology, so Verge evolved into ONErpm. With the music industry now undergoing healthy growth, we’ve come full circle and its time to reinvest in Verge.”

“I first met Emmanuel in 2016 when I was looking for distribution and marketing partners for my company COR Entertainment. I was impressed with ONErpm’s approach to marketing which fully utilized YouTube and streaming platforms. This approach gained the artists both exponential exposure and significantly increased income, even when those acts were not yet on radio’s radar,” said Cones.

Cones founded COR Entertainment and its subsidiaries COR Music Publishing, COR Artist Services and COR Audio Productions in 2015. He has produced, published, engineered, written or performed on projects for Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, Steven Tyler, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Thomas Rhett, Motley Crue, Eric Church, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, and more.

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