British independent firm Chrysalis Music has signed Johnny Marr to a worldwide publishing deal.

The agreement, unveiled today, covers all future works and a wealth of earlier material, including efforts with Crowded House and Modest Mouse, his collaboration with New Order's Bernard Sumner on Electronic, and records with his own band, Johnny Marr and the Healers.

"Johnny is one of the most extraordinary talents in music," comments Alison Donald, managing director of Chrysalis Music. "His virtuosity as a guitarist has been long acknowledged, but Johnny has also been of the U.K.'s prime songwriters and we're honoured to be able to work with him as a result of this new deal."

The former Smiths guitarist last month took to the stage on three separate occasions to collect awards. Marr spoke at an Oct. 2 ceremony in Dublin, before being elected honorary patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an accolade made to "individuals who have excelled in public life and made a worthy contribution to society."

On Oct. 8, he grabbed the Q Award for lifetime achievement at a ceremony in London. And on Oct. 17, the Smiths' talisman was made a professor of music at Salford University, in his hometown of Manchester, north England.