May 23, 2024 2 min read

⏩ One Liners: BMG, ICE, Leigh-Anne + more

ATC, Toby Daintree deals; BMG appointment, ICE royalties; Mahogany Songs launches; Black & Irish wins IMPALA award; new releases from Leigh-Anne, 潘PAN, The Menstrual Cramps, Roxanne de Bastion, Lice, Penelope Trappes, Parsnip

⏩ One Liners: BMG, ICE, Leigh-Anne + more


Management company ATC has announced a new partnership with Chinese music firm Modern Sky. “I am delighted that we are in business with Modern Sky”, says ATC CEO Adam Driscoll. “As one of China’s leading independent music companies, they offer a significant opportunity for ATC to expand its reach into a growing market for the benefit of our clients. And we are excited to work with the team in Beijing to bring Modern Sky events and talent into the markets in which we operate”.
Warner Chappell has signed a global publishing deal with songwriter and producer Toby Daintree. “Toby is a world-class songwriter and producer”, says UK A&R Manager George Baker. “His recent hits have showcased he can write songs that connect with a global audience and we want to help replicate this success by partnering him with the world’s biggest artists and writers”.


BMG has promoted Marc Johlen to Managing Director for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. “I am THRILLED to embark on this exciting journey as Managing Director for BMG’s GSA region”, he says. “BMG’s unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and fostering innovation resonates deeply with me”.


ICE - which works with music publishers and song right collecting societies on digital licensing - has distributed over €1 billion to rightsholders in a single twelve month period for the first time, it has announced. This is “a major achievement”, says CEO Peter de Mönnink, "reflecting the hard work, expertise and innovation of everyone at ICE in ensuring our customers can deliver to their members. Despite their crucial role, copyright and music publishing often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Music is the cornerstone of today's digital services, with customer experiences built around the value of music and the importance of songwriting”.


Mahogany - the company behind the Mahogany Sessions YouTube channel - has launched independent distribution company Mahogany Songs. It will be led by Dom Wallace as Label & Marketing Manager, who joins from Spotify, and its first distributed artist is Áine Deane. “The launch of Mahogany Songs is a huge moment for independent artists and we're incredibly excited to launch the service with Áine Deane - an artist I've admired from afar for a long time”, says Wallace. 


Pan-European indie label trade group IMPALA has announced non-profit organisation Black & Irish as the recipient of its Changemaker Award this year. “Receiving the IMPALA Changemaker Award is a recognition of our commitment to create a more equitable and inclusive Ireland”, says co-founder Leon Diop. “It is a testament to the collective efforts of our team and the partnerships we have built. Our work is rooted in collaboration and community empowerment”.


Former Little Mix member Leigh-Anne has announced that she will release her debut solo EP ‘No Hard Feelings’ on 31 May. 
潘PAN - formerly Aristophanes - will release new album ‘Pan the Pansexual’ on 12 Jul. Out now is new single ‘Imperfect Poetry’
The Menstrual Cramps have released new single ‘Antagonistic’
Roxanne de Bastion has released new single ‘Sleep, Sleep Little Boy’ featuring Ed Harcourt, taken from a new album and book exploring the life and work of her grandfather, the composer and pianist Stephen de Bastion. Both are out on 6 Jun.
Lice have released new single ‘Red Fibres’. Their third album ‘Third Time At The Beach’ is out on 20 Sep. 
Penelope Trappes has released new single ‘Harmonic No 1’. Her new album ‘Hommelen’ is out on 7 Jun. 
Parsnip have released new single ‘The Babble’. They’ve also announced that they will be in the UK for tour dates in October. 
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