Engage Your Audience with the YouTube Community Tab

Over a year ago YouTube invited a select group of creators to test out a new function, the YouTube Community tab, to connect with fans in-between video uploads. The Community tab provides creators a new simple way to engage with their viewers and develop their presence beyond videos.

Now channels are able to use text, live videos, images, animated GIFs and more, creating ways to engage with fans more frequently and between uploads. Fans will see channels’ posts in the Subscriptions feed on their YouTube Mobile App and can also elect to be notified when a channel posts.


Welcome, Melanie!

Introducing, Melanie Kurstin, Rights Management Coordinator

Hello, my name is Melanie Kurstin and I’ve joined The Orchard team as the newest Rights Management Coordinator!

Originally born and raised in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, I have always had passion for everything music, theater, film and television. I started playing piano at the young age of 7 and have been singing and acting since I can remember. I originally received a degree in Theater Performance from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Some of my favorite performance experiences include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Roo in Saving Private Pooh which is a mash-up of Saving Private Ryan and Winnie The Pooh (Yes. I am not kidding. It was dark and hilarious). I also had the honor of singing with a choir to honor Billy Joel at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.


Out Today by The Orchard: AWOLNATION, Poppy Ackroyd & More

As January comes to a close, we are inviting you into the warm waters with a few one-of-a-kind artists. Go on a ride with AWOLNATION’s guitar driven alternative rock tunes, Poppy Ackroyd’s rich soundscapes and The James Hunter Six’s dynamic and soulful declaration of love. You will surely be the coolest music nerd in the house party this weekend once you tune into these albums, all out today!

The acclaimed rhythm and soul singer James Hunter steals the hearts of his fans once again with his elegantly orchestrated and groovy third album Whatever it Takes via Daptone Records. Varying from rhumba to blues, Hunter revives the sound of the 60’s and invites you to the dance floor to keep you company with his soulful, gritty vocals and dynamic beats. Check out Whatever it Takes here and start dancing with “I Got Eyes” below!

Lightening Strikes Twice At Sundance With Jeremiah Zagar’s “We The Animals”

We the AnimalsAfter securing Bart Layton’s American Animals from Sundance Film Fest earlier this month, The Orchard’s film troops have won big once again, acquiring North American rights to Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals. Get ready, theatrical release is slated for 2018.

With an impressive history in documentary film, We The Animals is the first narrative directed by Zagar. The film follows a family in upstate New York consisting of three young boys, a caring mother and an unpredictable, often violent father. They fall in and out of grace and hopelessness, with coming-of-age overtones throughout. After its premiere at Sundance 2018, the movie received the NEXT Innovator Award presented by RuPaul Charles. (more…)

Welcome, Derek!

Derek AndersonIntroducing, Derek Anderson, Label Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Derek Anderson and I’m beyond excited to be joining the Label Management team here at The Orchard. Originally from Weston, CT and having spent the last 7 years living in various parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, I’ve just relocated to Nashville, TN with my wife Rachel. We welcomed our new baby boy into the world this January. Prior to joining The Orchard, I had the pleasure of working with many of you while on the Label Management team at RED Distribution and I more recently spent the last two years with Kobalt Music working in the Client Management department of their AWAL platform.