Vinyl Alliance Founding Members Elect First Executive Board

Vienna, February 04, 2020 – The Vinyl Alliance a new industry organization dedicated to promoting awareness of vinyl records and composed of manufacturers, dealers, record companies and other interested parties announce that during their Founders Meeting in New York City on 22 January 2020 the new Executive Board members were elected:

President Günter Loibl, Rebeat Innovation GmbH
Vice President Michael Hosp, kdg mediatech GmbH

Treasurer Thomas Neuroth, Rebeat Innovation GmbH
Secretary Mickie Steier, Masterdisk USA
Board Member Nike Koch, Sony Music Entertainment
Board Member Kurt Van Scoy, Audio-Technica
Board Member Leif Johannsen, Ortofon A/S

In addition to the election, the founding members began outlining a roadmap for future initiatives and potential collaboration opportunities.

The Vinyl Alliance members represent all aspects of the value chain and include companies like the Analogue Foundation, Audio-Technica, CAF srl, GZ Media, Rebeat Innovation, kdg mediatech, Making Vinyl, Masterdisk, MPO Group, Ortofon, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group.

“I am deeply honored to be elected as the new president of the executive board and look forward to working with my board colleagues to move the Vinyl Alliance mission forward,” said Günter Loibl. “I want to thank the Vinyl Alliance Founding members for their confidence in me to serve as president. Together with our board of directors, staff, and stakeholders, we will work towards the vision to be the premier international organization promoting and advocating vinyl records as the most important physical medium in a digital world.”

Loibl continued, “In the short history of this alliance, the informal and open contact between participants of all parts of the vinyl value chain has already proved to be both efficient and inspiring.”

Also appointed was Bryan Ekus, the founder of Making Vinyl, to serve as Vinyl Alliance’s first Managing Director.

New members are welcome.

Membership is now available to all organizations, companies, and individuals who want to turn up the volume and promote vinyl records as the perfect choice for music lovers of all ages.

About Vinyl Alliance:
The goal of the Vinyl Alliance is to strengthen the position of vinyl records in a digital world. The Association will offer global visibility and valuable services to the industry as a whole, as well as to its members, by pooling resources in research, quality and marketing activities.

For further information about the Vinyl Alliance, please visit The Vinyl Alliance, or contact:

Vinyl Alliance:
Bryan Ekus
Phone: +1 407 733 1901

Press Contact:
Sabine Stepanek

volvic's picture

Nice to have an alliance like this, should have happened a while ago but better late than never. We should all join.

volvic's picture

Not to be snooty but I would have picked another turntable to adorn their home page. Just me.

abelb1's picture

There are representatives from equipment manufacturers, pressing plants, mastering studios, the music industry, but none from media. I think you should be on the board Michael, if not chairing it!

samman's picture

Let's see how they address and help the Apollo lacquer fire situation, if their goal is to promote vinyl. Quite the tough start for the group.