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Pub Crawling
UMG TO SPONSOR WIPO FOR CREATORS
10/28/21

UMG has become the first corporate sponsor for WIPO for Creators.

Launched by WIPO and the Sweden-based Music Rights Awareness Foundation, WIPO for Creators is a public-private partnership that supports intellectual property rights for creators across the arts.

As a sponsor, UMG will help fund selected WIPO for Creators deliverables in development, including the Creators Platform, an online rights awareness space to support creators through interactive “microlearning” videos. 

“It is a great pleasure to welcome UMG to the WIPO for Creators family and to see a music company of UMG’s stature take a leading role in our efforts to promote awareness of IP rights among creators around the world,” said WIPO Director General Daren Tang.

“It’s really uplifting and hope-inspiring that UMG has decided to support the important work that WIPO for Creators is going to do,” added Music Rights Awareness Foundation and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus.

“Creators—songwriters, recording artists, or those who express themselves through other forms of art—are at the core of everything we do at UMG,” shared UMG Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. “We are very pleased to join with Björn and all of our friends at Music Rights Awareness and WIPO to support WIPO for Creators’ important work.” 

UMPG Chairman/CEO Jody Gerson added, “In partnering with Music Rights Awareness Foundation and WIPO as part of WIPO for Creators, we continue our mission of protecting songwriters while also increasing transparency around the rights process.”

SMP AND KP ENT INK LEE STARR
10/26/21

SMP Nashville and KP Entertainment have partnered to sign songwriter/producer Lee Starr to a global publishing deal.

Arriving in Nashville in 2014, Arkansas-born Starr specializes in country/pop music and is best known for penning songs with emerging artists like Elvie Shane, Ashland Craft, Conner Smith and Drew Green.

He recently co-wrote Shane’s debut single, “My Boy,” which hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart this week and #2 the Hot Country Songs chart with 6.6m+ U.S. streams.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Lee and the team at KP Entertainment. Lee’s songs are full of heart, and his work ethic is second to none. His potential is endless and I’m looking forward to all that is to come,” said SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.

“When our Creative Director Aubrey Schwartz played some demos of Lee earlier this year, I knew he was someone we had to represent,” added Kerri Edwards, Founder, KP Ent. 

“Aubrey has been my champion since day one and as soon as she introduced me to Kerri, I knew where I wanted to be. Rusty and the staff at Sony Music Publishing are incredible, and everyone involved in this deal is an absolute hustler,” added Starr.

Pictured below before finding the nearest hot chicken joint to celebrate are (l-r) Gaston, Edwards, Starr, Schwartz and Scott Safford.

SMP INKS WHITE HILL MUSIC
10/26/21

Sony Music Publishing has partnered with India’s White Hill Music Pvt Ltd. to provide global pub services for White Hill Music.

As part of the deal, SMP will also provide administration, synchronization, catalogue promotion and global collaboration opportunities.

White Hill Music is part of White Hill Studios—an award-winning, Vancouver-based movie production, distribution house and label that specializes in Punjabi/Hindi content.

We are very excited about this partnership with White Hill Music and to offer an effective and robust platform for their musical works at a global scale,” said Dinraj Shetty, Director, SMP India. 

“As the reach of global music continues to expand, Sony Music Publishing is best placed to bring White Hill and their quality music to audiences around the world,” said Guy Henderson, President, International, SMP. “I would like to thank Gunbir [Singh Sidhu], Manmord [Sidhu] and their team for putting their faith in us and we look forward to a long, productive and successful relationship with them.”