Publishing Briefs: Imagem Partners With Cutcraft, YouTube Signs Up More Publishers
Publishing Briefs: Imagem Partners With Cutcraft, YouTube Signs Up More Publishers

Imagem Links With Cutcraft Music Group
Imagem Music USA has signed a joint venture with the Cutcraft Music Group, which in turn has signed publishing deals with upcoming artists Chet Faker and V, also known as Veronica Bozeman, and writer/producer CP Dubb, also known as Christopher P. Washington, according to an announcement by the company.

The Cutcraft Music Group is headed by Katrina Sirdofsky who is the founder of Rebel Management and also serves as CEO of Custard Records and president of Coldwater Music Publishing/Sony/ATV.

Faker has just signed to Downtown Records for his debut release Thinking In Textures; and V is currently in the studio tracking songs for her forthcoming mixtape due out later this year, and performing at festivals and sold out shows with Cee Lo Green; CP Dubb has worked with artists such as E40, The New Boyz, Ray J, Casey Veggies, and YG among others.

Meanwhile, Sirdofsky's management roster includes Linda Perry, and as CEO of Custard she signed James Blunt, the announcement says.

ole Wraps Up Worldwide Deal With George Canyon
ole has concluded a futures co-publishing deal and a worldwide administration deal for the legacy catalogue of Canadian country artist/songwriter/actor, George Canyon.

Songs covered by the deal include "Pretty Drunk Out Tonight," "Just Like You," "Let It Out," "Betty's Buns," and "In Your Arms Again." Canyon is currently working on his next studio album, slated for a fall release.

"This signing further underscores our commitment to publishing the greatest stars in Canadian country music," ole President Michael McCarty said in a statement.

YouTube Signs Deals With BMG RM, ABKCO Music, Songs Music, More
While some 4,000 music publishers opted to participate in the National Music Publishers Assn. settlement with YouTube to obtain synchronization royalties for user-generated music videos, YouTube continues to sign up music publishers.

In a blog post put up today on YouTube's site, the company says it has also reached publishing deals with BMG Rights Management, Christian Copyright Solutions, ABKCO Music, Inc., Songs Music Publishing, Words & Music, Copyright Administration, Music Services, Reservoir Media Management, and Songs of Virtual.

The NMPA/Youtube settlement agreed to pay music publishers a synch rate of 15% of net advertising revenue on a pro-rated for user-generated music videos that use master sound recordings. The Harry Fox Agency is administering that program. Initially, publishers had until Jan. 16 to sign-up and and be eligible to receive a portion of a $4 million advance YouTube was willing to pay if publishers agreed not to sue for past royalties.

It's unclear if publishers signing up now are receiving any advance or if they are agreeing not to sue Youtube for past royalties for user-generated videos containing master recordings played in the period before the settlement deal was signed.

BMI Country Awards Set For October 30
In an invitation-only event, BMI will hold its 60th annual Country Awards on Tuesday, October 30 at the company's Music Row offices in Nashville. The awards ceremony will celebrate the creators and publishers of the genre's most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television during the past year as well as name the past year's 50 most-performed country songs in the BMI repertoire.

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