Tampa’s Symphonic Distribution returns to Billboard Indie Power Players list

The company’s CEO landed on it last year.

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click to enlarge Janette Berrios (L) and Jorge Brea pictured at Symphonic Distribution’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida on March 30, 2018. - Photo by Michael Johnson
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Janette Berrios (L) and Jorge Brea pictured at Symphonic Distribution’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida on March 30, 2018.


Tampa-based Symphonic Distribution has landed on Billboard magazine’s Indie Power Players list for the second year in a row.

After being listed on it in 2018, Symphonic CEO Jorge Brea returned to the “Distributors” portion of the list alongside executives from Tunecore, Redeye Worldwide, Ingrooves, CD Baby and more.

“Independence is the ability to be reactive [and] pivot,” Brea, 34, told the magazine. In recent months, Symphonic has expanded to Nashville and even Colombia.

“We’ve been able to grow 35% year over year for the past five years,” he added.

Brea founded the company when he was 21 and now connects clients from every genre to streaming platforms. Symphonic’s roster includes a host of Bay area locals, and the company also hosts Vibes of the Bay, one of the best local music showcases.

John Prine, songwriter and label head for Oh Boy Records, also appears on the list, along with representatives from other indie imprints like Matador and Beggars Group.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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