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Martin Goldschmidt is the co-founder and managing director of UK independent record label Cooking Vinyl and co-founder of Essential Music & Marketing.

Martin Goldschmidt
Occupation(s)Co-founder and Managing Director, Cooking Vinyl Group
Years active1982 – present
LabelsCooking Vinyl, Essential Music & Marketing


Early careerEdit

Goldschmidt attended the Polytechnic of Wales (now the University of South Wales) in the mid 1970s. Goldschmidt’s involvement in music began in 1982 when he founded management company and booking agency Forward Music. The company was subsequently renamed FAB in 1988 and later sold to Rob Challice/CODA in 1997. Between 1984 and 1986 Goldschmidt also ran independent record label Forward Sounds International.[1]

Cooking VinylEdit

Cooking Vinyl was founded in 1986 by Goldschmidt and his former business partner Pete Lawrence,[2] initially operating out of Goldschmidt’s council house in Stockwell, South London.[3] Over 25 years on the label has greatly diversified from its original folk roots into releasing rock, metal, indie, punk and electronica. Cooking Vinyl is also recognised as a pioneer of ‘artist services’ deals working with artists such as Billy Bragg, The Prodigy and Marilyn Manson.[4]

In 2003 Goldschmidt and former Vital Distribution MD Mike Chadwick set up independent distributor and service provider Essential Music & Marketing, which operates as part of the Cooking Vinyl Group.[3]

In 2005 Cooking Vinyl, led by Goldschmidt, set up one of the UK’s earliest online distribution companies, Uploader, which was sold in 2007 to the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA).

Personal lifeEdit

Goldschmidt is a proficient chess player, notably taking home the title of Sydney Junior Chess Champion in 1974, during a period living in Australia.

Goldschmidt has also previously founded two national Anti Nuclear protest groups - Students Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) and No Nukes Music.

Industry honours and other achievementsEdit

Goldschmidt was nominated as Independent Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural Association of Independent Music (AIM) Independent Music Awards.[5]


  1. ^ "Cooking Vinyl". KindaMuzik. 2002-04-05. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  2. ^ "Label profiles: Four independents under the spotlight". The Independent. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  3. ^ a b "25 Years of Cooking Vinyl". Music Week. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  4. ^ "Hot Seat: Martin Goldschmidt - Founder, Cooking Vinyl". The Music Network/ Lars 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  5. ^ "Festival shortlist announced for AIM Awards". Virtual Festivals. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-01.

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