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Manners McDade allies with IMPEL

By | Published on Thursday 2 July 2015

Manners McDade

Independent publisher Manners McDade has allied with IMPEL, the licensing body that represents a number of indie publishers in the digital domain.

Basically a spin-off from the UK publishing sector’s mechanical rights collecting society MCPS, IMPEL offers multi-territory licences to digital services in Europe, and allows the independents to together negotiate terms direct with streaming platforms, as the big five publishers now do with larger and multi-territory digital services. The licensing is done in partnership with PRS For Music, which already controls the performing right elements of the songs, and does most of the leg work once deals are in place.

Confirming they were now signed up to the initiative, Manners McDade Director Catherine Manners told reporters “we’re delighted to be joining IMPEL – as independents, a collective voice is increasingly important”. Meanwhile the firm’s Publishing Manager Harriet Wybor added “as the digital market continues to develop, it is important for our composers that we are able to licence digital rights collectively and competitively; we are very pleased to include our Anglo-American repertoire with IMPEL”.