The Dutch Conamus group rounds up more than 70 companies, labels, and distributors. Roadrunner Records and its subsidiary CNR Music are among them. Paolo D’Alessandro, VP International marketing of metal music specialist, Roadrunner Records, says:
“I believe the greatest asset of Midem is that it's a once-a-year opportunity to meet with people it would be difficult to see otherwise. It's easy to visit your distribution partners in continental Europe when you are based in The Netherlands but meeting your licensee in Thailand or Indonesia is not always on the top of your priority list and at least you know you can count on Midem to see them at least once every year.”
Wally van Middendorp, Repertoire Manager of CNR Music, owned by Roadrunner Records founder Cees Wessels, says: “we decided to exhibit at Midem 2003 through the Conamus stand because we feel Midem is the most important music convention of the year. Attending Midem shows CNR Music's commitment to being a serious player. Most likely we will announce a few deals at Midem. We are actively searching for partners outside Benelux to distribute our catalogue which includes labels such as StarInc, Saga and albums by Tol & Tol and André Rieu and seeking licensing partners for our priority artists Junkie XL, Feeler and the New York Spirit project.”
CNR markets a variety of labels in Holland and Belgium including Roadrunner (Nickelback, Murderdolls, Stone Sour), Echo (Moloko, Feeder), Rufflife (Slovo, Pacewon), Copasetik (Faruk Green), Sequence (Nature and mix albums by Slum Village and Tony Touch), Acid Jazz (the Trash Monkeys). CNR's current market share is 5%.