We catch up on this week’s music publishing news, from key deals and signings to new hires, legislation and more.
Black Out Tuesday
Music business set for ‘Black Out Tuesday’ to ‘provoke accountability’ in wake of George Floyd death (MBW)
Many of the global music industry’s leading companies are taking part in ‘Black Out Tuesday’ this week on June 2. The move is being made as a statement of solidarity in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Deals and Signings
Depedro signs global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (Music Week)
In his career, DePedro – real name Jairo Zavala – formed two of Spain’s biggest rock bands, Vacazul and 3000 Hombres, and has since embarked on a successful solo and songwriting career. In 2013, he released his first album on Warner Music Spain’s DRO label, La Increible Historia de un Hombre Bueno.
Belgian rapper Zwangere Guy signs worldwide publishing deal with Strictly Confidential (MBW)
Celebrated independent Belgium-born music publisher Strictly Confidential has signed popular Belgian rapper Zwangere Guy to a worldwide agreement.
Sony/ATV SA partners with Content Connect Africa to provide publishing services to songwriters (MBW)
The partnership will see Sony/ATV provide music publishing services to CCA’s roster of artists and composers from across the continent, as well as expand further publishing opportunities for these creatives.
Royalties & PROs
Meet CISAC’s new president: hit songwriter Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA (Rolling Stone)
The renowned songwriter talks royalty transparency, creator empowerment, and the next crucial innovation after streaming.
German collection society GEMA paid over $1bn to publishers and songwriters in 2019 (MBW)
Of this amount, €905.6m ($1.02bn) was distributed to members and rights-holders worldwide, according to GEMA, which published its financial results today (May 27).
GEMA says strong 2019 created ‘crisis airbag’ for members sidelined by pandemic (Billboard)
For many GEMA members, the royalty distribution on April 1 and the upcoming one on June 1 provide much-needed financial support.
ASCAP announces four virtual award shows for 2020 (American Songwriter)
ASCAP have announced it will honor the songwriters and publishers behind its most performed songs of the past year with four virtual celebrations for ASCAP Pop, Screen, Latin and Rhythm & Soul Music Award winners.
In Canada, artists are earning performance royalties for livestreams (Billboard)
Here’s what SOCAN and other PROs are doing — or not doing yet — to boost royalties for at-home pandemic shows.
Hirings and Promotions
Sony/ATV promotes Peter Brodsky to general counsel and EVP, business affairs (Music Week)
An official press release stated that, in his new role leading the company’s legal and business affair department worldwide, Brodsky will be “responsible for building and implementing its global business strategy as well as providing guidance and counsel on all Sony/ATV legal matters.”