Fontana Distribution

Fontana Distribution is a division of San Francisco-based Isolation Network (now owned by Universal Music Group since 2019). A minority stake of the company was owned by Universal Music until INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution from UMG in 2012 to form INgrooves Fontana.[1]

Fontana Distribution
IndustryMusic & entertainment
PredecessorIsland Trading Co.
Independent Label Sales (ILS)
Founded1980 (as Island Trading Co.)
1989 (as Independent Label Sales)
2004 (as Fontana Distribution)
FounderIsland Records
FateAcquired by Universal Music in 2019 along with the owner INgrooves, future unknown because Universal owns Caroline Distribution.
ServicesDistribution, production, warehousing, marketing, sales, brand partnerships, merchandising, finance, back office
ParentUniversal Music Group
DivisionsFontana Distribution
Fontana Label Services
Fontana International

In 2019, Universal Music Group acquired Fontana's owner, INgrooves, returning Fontana back to UMG. British Independent Label Feel Savage Music is also owned by Fontana’s Owner INgrooves with Universal Music Group Distributor Spinnup


Fontana deals in distribution, as well as in a range of sales, marketing, and back office support services, for a diverse roster of independent record labels and their artists.[2] The company takes its name and logo from the Fontana Records label; it was initially launched by Universal Music Group in 2004 and later sold[3] to Isolation Network in 2012. The company includes a UK-based operation, Fontana International, which handles territories outside of North America.[4] The company also has a joint venture in Canada with MapleCore known as Fontana North. The company is the successor of PolyGram's Independent Label Sales (ILS), previously known as Island Trading Co., which folded after the 1999 merger of the MCA and PolyGram families of labels that created Universal Music Group.

Fontana Distribution has been known to successfully round up albums worldwide from national Universal Music Group companies for American release or for distribution into further territories. Fontana Distribution also partners with Executive Music Group, Chicago Independent Distribution, and Twenty Two Music Group Distribution, which in turn distribute other independent labels.

During the acquisition of EMI Records North America (including EMI Music Distribution), Universal Music Group decided to retain Caroline Distribution and later sold Fontana Distribution to Isolation Network.

After the acquisition of INgrooves by Universal, the Caroline and Fontana's future still unknown if Universal will sell one of them or will merge both into one.

Fontana Distribution-affiliated labelsEdit

Fontana Distribution is affiliated with more than 30 labels, including the following:


  • Fontana Distribution
  • Fontana Label Services
  • Fontana International

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-02-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Vish Khanna. "Label Life". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  3. ^ Alex Pham (2012-03-02). "INgrooves buys Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2012-04-08. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  4. ^ "Fontana Distribution – Distribution Done Right". Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  5. ^ "INgrooves Music Group - We Power Creativity". INgrooves Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-07-01. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Mancini Entertainment Group". Archived from the original on 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2018-12-11.

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