U.K. indie Heavenly Recordings has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Cooperative Music, the international independent label group that operates under Universal Music Group ownership.

Heavenly's previous deal with EMI expired in 2008, although Doves' U.K. No. 2 album "Kingdom of Rust" was released by Heavenly via EMI in 2009. Cooperative began working with Heavenly last year and helped the London-based indie sign the Soft Pack and Fionn Regan.

The partnership recently became a formal deal which will last for "several years," Vincent Clery-Melin, Cooperative Music GM, tells Billboard.biz.

The new agreement will see Heavenly's artists marketed and distributed by Cooperative Music's marketing and promotions teams both in the U.K. and overseas. The first albums to released under the new deal will be the Feb. 1 debut by San Diego alt-rock band the Soft Pack, the new album by the Irish Mercury Music Prize nominated singer/songwriter Fionn Regan on Feb. 8, and the new set by the Magic Numbers in June.

"Recently, with Fleet Foxes and Phoenix they [Cooperative] have proved their ability in getting really impressive sales from supposedly underground acts and in doing so gave me the confidence to turn our relationship in to something more long term," said Heavenly Recordings founder and owner Jeff Barrett in a statement.

Clery-Melin added: "Jeff is one of the most inspiring music people I have ever met. The legacy, track record, and the new roster for the label are amazing. Such an addition to our roster of labels also represents an important strategic step in developing Co-Op in the U.K."