New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand.

New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand.

The first deal signed by Sydney-based Reach Global Pty Ltd is an administration pact with Hawaii-born troubadour Jack Johnson. The deal covers his writing contributions to the "Curious George" soundtrack, which recently entered the Australian albums chart at No. 1.

The deal was negotiated by Jack Johnson attorney Francois Mobasser and Michael Closter, president of Reach Global. Closter says the Jack Johnson deal is restricted to the "Curious George" record for Australia and NZ. Universal Music Publishing represents Jack Johnson for the rest of the world.

Closter says the goal of the new company is not necessarily to sign local Australian or New Zealand artists but rather to provide a direct platform to the Australian market to its writers and publishing clients.

"We plan to sign global deals or compete in Australia for international artists who need representation or administration in Australia," says Closter. "We are looking to sign primarily anglo-American artists for the world, or for the world excluding North America, or for Australia/New Zealand only -- such as the Jack Johnson deal -- as circumstances permit."

Reach Global currently has offices in New York and Florida. The Australian company is a direct publisher member of Australian rights societies APRA and AMCOS. Peermusic Publishing Australia managing director Matt Donlevy is overseeing the company. Closter says he does not plan to have an office in NZ.