Publisher News: July

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014

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We welcome Davey Lane to ABC Music Publishing. After over a decade as guitarist with You Am I, Davey went solo last year with his debut EP The Good Borne of Bad Tymes. Since joining You Am I at 18, Davey recorded on six albums, won an ARIA Award, and performed on numerous world tours and shows with artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Strokes. His former band The Pictures released two albums, Pieces of Eight, a triple j album of the week, and ‘Kicking Indifference’ which was deemed “a revelation of ambition, master songwriting and superb musician ship” by the Daily Telegraph. Davey is also a fierce collaborator and has co written with Jimmy Barnes, Jim Keays, Nic Cester and Phrase. Davey’s debut solo album will be released independently through his own label Field Recordings later this year.

We also welcome Little Bastard with their debut self titled album which the Sydney 7 piece (Johnny Took, Ross Tipper, Ed Rowe, Daniel D’Arcy, Matty Took, Trevor Davies, Liam Hoskins) smashed out in just 8 days with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels). Ultimately acoustic anchored punk rock, the songs traverse sonically and thematically from nostalgic medium paced anthems to deep slow burning ballads and back to the party punk turbulence of the band’s live shows. The album has received extensive critical acclaim since its May release.

The ABC feature documentary ‘Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story’ with original music by Samuel Sim has been chosen to screen in the official selection at the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest and at the London East End Film Festival in June.


We’re thrilled to welcome Melbourne-based songwriter Kathryn Rollins. The new signing comes at an exciting time for the exceptional lyricist who has released her sassy new track Cut & Paste It(ABC Music). Produced by Steven Schram, Kathryn has taken a new direction from the finger-picking acoustic feel of 2012 debut EP, Reckless.  Over the past year, Kathryn’s musical palette has evolved, with her latest musical step being hailed as progressive, diverse, fresh and new.

John Swan (Swanee) has released his album One Day At A Time (co-written and produced with Darren Mullen). About a man’s return from the brink, it’s a thrilling trip through his musical loves: soul, gospel, blues and rock.

Richard Clapton will release The Best Years of Our Lives Box Set (Warner Music) to celebrate 40 years.

In licensing, campaigns include Connected (Optus), Together in Electric Dreams (NiB) and Jungle’s Busy Earnin for Broad City (Foxtel). Megan Washington’s 'Begin Again' has been used for Home & Away promo and various TV placements for writers Shelley Harland, Boy (Winners & Losers)and Roscoe James Irwin (House Husbands).

Congratulations to Wally DeBacker achieving Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for 'Somebody That I Used To Know' at 2014 APRA Music Awards. 


Audio Network, the international music company specialising in music for film, television and video, announced the acquisition of a 49% shareholding in Audio Network Australia Pty Ltd from co-founder Linda Tizard, enabling the Australian subsidiary to become a fully integrated part of the Audio Network Group. The acquisition demonstrates the Group’s continuing determination to expand globally and develop its vision whilst retaining the innovative and creative force behind the group’s success.

Charles Cutbill, currently Head of Sales, will assume the position of Sales Director, whilst Jess Ossington, Head of Creative Services, will take on the role of Operations Director.

In addition to supplying original scoring, audio branding, sound design services and working as creative partners alongside over 500 renowned composers, Audio Network now has interests and operations in multiple territories worldwide.


Hillsong UNITED has once again broken a record with their highest charting and selling single 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)' – written by Joel Houston, Matt Crocker and Salomon Ligthelm. 'Oceans' cracks the longest reign on Billboard‘s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Christian Songs chart as they marked their 31st week at number 1. The previous record being 23 weeks. The song was also recently awarded Worship Song Of The Year in 2014 K-Love’s Fan Awards in the USA.

During the recent Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Capitol Music presented Hillsong United with a commemorative plaque celebrating the success of 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)', achieving over 750,000 units sold in the USA, over 11.1 million audio streams and 44 million video streams.

Hillsong Worship, last week released their new album, No Other Name along with the announcement of the upcoming feature film Hillsong – Let Hope Rise coming in April 2015.

Some of the sync’s licensed this month are; 'Scandal Of Grace' (Crocker/ Houston) to the TLC Network program, The Speegle Life. 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)' – licensed to The Voice (USA) Season 6 and 7. 'For All You’ve Done' (Morgan)– Licensed to documentary on Desmond Tutu by Nobel Legacy Film Series (USA). 

New signings this month include, Bede Benjamin-Korporaal, Joel Davies and Sam Knock.



Hebbes Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of an administration agreement with Peter Blakeley for his publishing company Juwana Pty. The deal covers his entire back catalogue including 'Crying in the Chapel'. “Peter Blakeley is an icon of the Australian music industry and we are pleased to be associated with him and his songs” says Peter Hebbes AM.

Hebbes also has announced new sub-publishing deals with Global Publishing out of South Africa, Unlimited Sounds Publishing from Los Angeles, and Editions Ja from Germany.

Writer Garry Paige continues his successful writing partnership with Russell Morris with tracks on both 'Sharkmouth' and 'Van Diemen’s Land'  still number one and two on the ARIA Jazz and Blues charts. 

Jessica Mauboy’s 'Pop A Bottle' is proving to be a winner with commercial users, with a number of synchronisation opportunities agreed during the past month. John Fogerty’s 'Run Through The Jungle' will be featured in the upcoming stage show Rolling Thunder Vietnam.


Music Sales’ Larrikin Music Publishing extends its exclusive songwriter agreements with eminent singer/songwriter Eric Bogle and champion guitarist Dai Pritchard.

Eric Bogle has been providing both Australian and International audiences with unique Scottish-swayed-Aussie-folk since the 70’s. Artists from Bob Dylan and Slim Dusty, to The Skids and Dropkick Murphys, have all covered the renowned musician’s songs including 'No Man’s Land', 'Nobody’s Moggy Now' and 'Little Gomez', however his most famous hit 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' was named by APRA  AMCOS as “one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time”. Since 1987, Eric Bogle has been a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the performing arts as a song writer and singer. Eric’s new album (with John Munro), A Toss of the Coin (Rouseabout Records) contains 7 new originals written by Eric.

Dai Pritchard is one of Australia’s greatest guitar players. Pritchard consolidated his reputation touring with the late, great Billy Thorpe. His inimitable slide guitar prowess is what determined his position as a full time member, and co-songwriter, of legendary blues-rock band Rose Tattoo. With an incredible arsenal of technical expertise, versatility and finesse, Pritchard has well established himself as a successful solo artist, having toured his guitar workshops to promote his Music Sales’ DVD series, ‘Learn to Play Classic Aussie Rock’. Dai is just now releasing his new album Killin’ Time by the Dai Pritchard Band. Of the 11 songs, Dai has written 7, and co-written 3.


Music publisher Parasongs Australia is now part of a groundbreaking US-based platform that matches underperforming songs with investors/promoters who have monetization opportunities.

By allowing music makers, marketers and licensors to all share in the future music income of individual songs and tracks together, the economic interests are solidly aligned between all parties and the way music is consumed and used around the world.

The system is designed to counter-act the trend from declining to higher music licensing prices. It also assists specific songs with no to little revenues placement opportunities. This helps every songwriter and smaller publisher to survive and increase portfolio performance significantly.


LUKAS released their new single 'Heaven On The Earth' (Munns) and it hit #1 on the Australian iTunes Inspirational charts. 

SHOUT! is pleased to announce the signing of a sub-publishing agreement with Centricity Music Publishing (USA), including writers such as multi-award winning writer/producer Seth Mosley and Jonathan Lee. The deal includes access to sound recordings owned and released by Centricity Records with artists such as  Aaron Shust, Downhere, Jason Gray and Unspoken.

Admin deals were also signed this month with Arise Publishing and KVC Publishing (UK).

SHOUT! writer Ryan Taubert had a great month in syncs this month including: 'Built With Stones' to General Electric advert, 'Summer Republic'– licensed to Fossil brand video in the USA. 'Reverie Of Hope' – licensed to Imax Film Trailer 'Humpback Whales' and 'Returned Prodigals' – licensed to Caterpillar online video.



UMPG would like to congratulate our 2014 APRA Award winners. The incredible Louis Schoorl took home the 'Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year' award after he wrote a total of 88 songs in 12 months that yielded over a dozen single cuts, multiple Gold and Platinum plaques and #1's across 3 continents. Louis has also enjoyed international #1’s with K-Pop sensation ‘Girls Generation’ and Swedish group ‘The Fooo’.

Long-time collaborators Lee Kernaghan and Colin Buchanan (alongside Garth Porter) took home 'Best Country Work' for 'Flying With The King’.  Robin Thicke took home the award for 'Best International Work' for the megahit 'Blurred Lines’ slightly pipping the most performed international radio track of last year 'Let Her Go' by Passenger. Finally the late and great Otis Redding scored the award for 'Best Dance Work' after he was sampled for Flume's hit 'Holding On’.

UMPG would also like to congratulate 2 of our domestic signings who had impressive ARIA chart debuts in consecutive weeks, first globe-conquering adopted Aussie Passenger saw his emotive new album ‘Whispers’ debut at #2 and soon after Australia’s biggest rapper 360 debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and #1 on the Australian Artist chart with his groundbreaking new album Utopia.


The last month has seen a series of overseas visits by Wirripang composers.  May Howlett attended a premiere of her orchestral work 'The Invisible Lake' in New York.  Nicholas Vines was also in New York attending a premiere of his Rustling of the Deities, which enjoyed a mention in The New York Times.  Vincent Giles was also notified of a premiere of his unique work Mozart Variations in Chicago.  Diana Blom was recently in Italy where there was a launch of Wirripang’s recent album Antarctica.  

There were also a couple of concerts including Wirripang works; one at the Wesley Centre, ACT, where Louise Page, Teresa Rabe and Phillipa Candy performed works by May Howlett and Horace Keats.  Wayne Dixon’s song cycle Songs of Transience was premiered by Lotte Latukefu, Rachel Tolmie and the Bourbaki Ensemble in Sydney.  Finally, Wirripang was honoured when Anne and Brennan Keats were mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, both receiving an OAM for services to publishing Australian music.

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