--Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres.
The rosters at Sugar Hill Records' two publishing companies, Southern Melody Publishing Co. and Queen's Counsel Music, include Nickel Creek members Chris Thile and Sarah and Sean Watkins; Robin and Linda Williams; Ralph Stanley, Etta Baker, Claude Hensley, Ruth Franks, Doc Watson, Tommy Thompson of Red Clay Ramblers, and members of Donna the Buffalo, Austin Lounge Lizards and Seldom Scene.
The label is also home to such writer-artists, including Thile, now of The Punch Brothers, and Doyle Lawson.
--The Harry Fox Agency is offering the "Reduced Commission Program, which is a reduced commission rate of 5.25% as opposed to its standard rate of 7.75%, for publishers who assign HFA as the clearing house for all mechanical licensing and royalty processing. In other words, to be eligible for the commission discount, publishers would have to forego any direct mechanical licensing opportunities
According to the announcement, the program provides additional benefits for publishers such as receiving advances and the inclusion of all musical works in HFA's Royalty Compliance Examinations.
"In these unpredictable and ever-evolving times in our industry, we want to do everything possible to help publishers in making their businesses more cost effective and more importantly, cheaper to run," HFA president and CEO Gary Churgin said in a statement.
--Glenn Danzig has entered into a long-term worldwide publishing renewal agreement with Reach Global Music Publishing.
--The World Copyright Summit is gearing up for its bi-annual event on June 7 and 8 in Brussels with recently confirmed keynote speakers, including Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Google president for southern and Eastern European, Middle East and Africa operations; Jeann-Michael Jarre, composer lyricist and UNESCO ambassador. Other keynote speakers Jonathan Faull, European Commission director general of DG Internal Market and Services; Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees and CISAC president, Francis Gurry, WIPO director general.
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