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Faber Music joins IMPEL

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

Faber Music and IMPEL

Faber Music has joined IMPEL, the grouping of independent music publishers that coordinates direct digital licensing deals for its members. The music focused sister company of book publisher Faber & Faber, the new IMPEL member largely works with classical music.

“Joining IMPEL is a bit like being adopted by a particularly friendly and warm-hearted family”, says the firm’s Director Of Commercial Rights And Business Affairs, Richard Paine. “But this is a family with a passionate belief in the power of the collective, which we share, and that seems to be very well serviced by the amazing people at SACEM, who have impressed us immensely”.

Of course, you could argue that if you believe in the power of the collective, you should just let your collecting societies handle all your digital licensing. But, I suppose, it was the majors who first went the direct licensing route in the streaming domain. And, as Paine notes, a collecting society – France’s SACEM – still does a bulk of the work.

IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams adds: “We are delighted to be welcoming Faber into the IMPEL collective. Not only are we proud to be representing their amazing catalogue but also we appreciate the opportunity of working with some really excellent music industry executives. IMPEL is all about pooling rights, knowledge and experience for the common good and we know that Faber will enrich our collective endeavours”.

As well as repping classical big badgers like Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, Faber Music also publishes catalogues by composers who are still alive, including Paul McCartney, Danny Elfman, Johnny Greenwood and Anna Meredith. Through its Faber Alt division, it also works outside classical music, working with artists including Boy Azooga, Penelope Isles, BC Camplight and more.