Warner Chappell Music Australia is cutting back its staff of 15 to four. Managing director Adam Lang; GM of copyright and royalties Yvonne Hands; and manager of copyright and royalties Julie Robinson

Warner Chappell Music Australia is cutting back its staff of 15 to four. Managing director Adam Lang; GM of copyright and royalties Yvonne Hands; and manager of copyright and royalties Julie Robinson are among those on the way out. They will remain with the company until early July.

Matthew Capper, manager of the licensing division, will oversee the remaining four staffers, who are involved in administration, licensing and royalties. The backend operations--royalties, statements and income--will be handled from Warner Chappell's Malaysian office from the end of August.

A&R duties are expected to be absorbed into the record label, Warner Music Australia. How this will affect the servicing of its 1,000 songwriters and composers is unclear. Shaun James, chairman/CEO of Warner Music Australia and New Zealand, declined to comment on the moves.

Separately, Warner Music Australia has parted with local rock act the Superjesus after 10 years. A joint-press release issued last week reveals that the band's decision to take a six-month break had partly led to the move. Superjesus' singer and guitarist Sarah McLeod is working on a solo album.

According to the record company, the band's albums have shifted 240,000 units in Australia. "Sumo" and "Jet Age" have certified platinum (70,000 units), and its 2003 album release, "Rock Music", has gone gold (35,000 units).