Publishing Briefs: UMPG Nashville Signs Catie Offerman, Clio Awards Juries Announced & More

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Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Nashville announced on Thursday (April 11) it had signed Catie Offerman to an exclusive global publishing deal.

The Nashville-based Offerman is set to release new music later this year. She has written with Liz Rose, Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon, Lucie Silvas, Jeremy Spillman, Brett James, Troy Verges, Chase McGill, Ryan Beaver and more. 

"Most girls dream about their wedding day, but I always dreamed about the day I signed a publishing deal," said Offerman in a statement.

Added Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville executive vp and GM: "Catie's songs captured all of us at UMPG after our first meeting. They draw you in and give a great definition of who she is a songwriter and artist. We're beyond excited she chose UMPG to be her publishing home and look forward to delivering strong creative opportunities that support her journey as a songwriter."

Warner/Chappell Music has inked a worldwide publishing deal with Argentinian trap star Ecko. The rising talent’s growing catalog of hits, including “BYE,” “Dorato” and “Piso” have all topped the Billboard charts in his native country.

“Ecko’s unmistakable style has made him a leader in the Latin trap movement, and we’re excited to keep the momentum going as we welcome him to the Warner/Chappell family,” said Gustavo Menendez, president of Warner/Chappell Music’s Latin America division in a statement.

“I am very excited to partner with Warner/Chappell in this new phase in my career,” added Ecko. “Gustavo and his team understand my vision, and I look forward to continuing to grow as an artist and composer alongside them.”

Clio Music announced its jury selection for the 2019 Clio Awards on March 19.

Included among the industry professionals comprising the awards show’s use of music and music marketing juries are Rich Robinson, Warner/Chappell Music’s executive vp sync and creative services; Brian Monaco, president and global chief marketing officer of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Allison Kaye, president of SB Projects and partner of Ithaca Holdings.

“As the music industry continues to evolve, we find that each year our entries embody a remarkable variety of new and innovative approaches to reaching consumers,” said Clio president Nicole Purcell in a statement. “Our jury features an eclectic representation of leaders from the whole music ecosystem that will bring a wide breadth of experience to judging this year’s best creative work.”

Jim Brickman’s songwriting workshop is expanding this year to offer bicoastal sessions in both the New York area and L.A.

Brickman Bootcamp for Songwriters will bring together writers, musicians, singers and lyricists for an intensive three-day workshop under the tutelage of the two-time Grammy nominee and his team of industry professionals, which culminates in an onstage musical showcase for participants.

“This experience is a fulfillment of my desire to encourage talented songwriters to follow their dream,” Brickman said in a statement. If I could have had this opportunity when I was first starting to write songs, I’d jump at the chance to attend.”

The New York-area event will take place July 18-21 at the Prudential Center Grammy Museum Experience in Newark, New Jersey, while the L.A. workshop will be held Aug. 1-4 at the Roland Artist Relations Center. Registration for both sessions is now open at

Noah Goldstein signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Concord Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday (April 11). The deal will include the Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate’s entire catalog as well as all future works.

Goldstein’s discography includes multiple hits by Kanye West, including “Black Skinhead,” “New Slaves” and “Ultralight Beam.” He has also engineered records for the likes of Rihanna, M.I.A. and Nas, and won a Grammy for his work on Arcade Fire’s 2010 LP The Suburbs.


“We are so excited to have Noah join our roster, said Jeremy Yohai, Concord’s head of creative/A&R in a statement. “He has proven himself to be a creative force in the industry, as a writer, producer, engineer and A&R.”


Warner/Chappell has extended the contract of Spanish artist El Guincho. The renewed deal will also include other artists the composer, producer, musician and DJ (born Pablo Diaz-Reixa) signs to his new publishing and production company, Rico Publishing.

“El Guincho is an incredible creative force whose influences range from Afrobeat to tropicália, and dub to rock,” said Santiago Menendez-Pidal, managing director of Warner/Chappell Music Spain, in a statement. “It’s been an immense pleasure to support his stellar career to date and I’m delighted that he’s invested his trust in us again.  And we’re delighted to back his new venture, Rico Publishing, which is sure to be a hotbed of talent.”

New Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Jon Platt announced in an all-staff email on April 4 that employees will receive a "special recognition bonus" to celebrate the company's takeover of EMI Music Publishing. The acquisition cemented Sony/ATV position as the top publisher in the market.

"It's become apparent to me...just how well the entire Sony/ATV team performed in contributing to the success of EMI -- from Sony's first investment in 2012 through the full acquisition of EMI last November," Platt wrote in the email, which was obtained by Billboard. "I believe it's very important...that all Sony/ATV employees should be rewarded for their contribution."

Platt said more details regarding the special bonus would be made available in the coming weeks, while Sony declined to comment on the announcement.


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