Publishing Briefs: Mxmtoon Signs Kobalt Admin Deal, Spirit Nabs Ingrid Michaelson's Music & More

Nicole Busch

Kobalt Music signed Mxmtoon to a worldwide admin deal, the company announced Nov. 19. The deal includes the entirety of the rising singer-songwriter's current catalogue and future works. Mxmtoon -- real name Maia -- is a 19-year-old singer, songwriter and producer who self-released her debut album, The Masquerade, in September. 

“Maia is truly the voice of her generation; by sharing her beautiful, heartfelt music with the world and growing her brand organically, she exemplifies the DIY spirit and aesthetic that Kobalt embraces,” said vp creative Melissa Emert-Hutner. “We are proud to welcome her to the family, and are beyond excited about what we will accomplish together.”

“I’ve been excited to work with Kobalt from the get go,” added Mxmtoon. “I love that there are so many different types of individuals involved in conversations about what new ways artists can achieve their goals. I truly believe Kobalt is extremely well equipped to not only help me realize my dreams as an individual, but to help form new pathways and avenues for aspects of my project that excite me as I go along!”



Spirit Music Group has acquired the majority of Ingrid Michaelson's publishing and master recordings, the company announced on Nov. 21. 

The deal includes her hit songs "The Way I Am," "Be OK," "You And I" and "Girls Chase Boys." It also includes the albums and EPs Girls & BoysBe OKEverybodyHuman AgainLights OutAlter Egos and Snowfall.

“Ingrid is an incredibly talented and versatile artist and songwriter," said chairman of Spirit Music Group Jon Singer. "In talking with Ingrid and her manager, Lynn Grossman, we developed a strong relationship and knew that Spirit was the right home to protect and nurture Ingrid’s songs. A major factor in Spirit’s success with these types of deals is going beyond merely acquiring copyrights and making a commitment to be a proactive partner in the long-term career of the writer.”

“After speaking with Jon and understanding his collaborative approach, I felt comfortable that my work would be in good hands,” added Michaelson.

The singer-songwriter's 12-year catalogue has been featured in shows like Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill.



Blackbird Music Publishing Group entered into an A&R partnership and creative development deal with producer Dann Huff, the company announced Nov. 18. This partnership re-establishes a 20-year relationship between Blackbird senior vp Darrell Franklin and Huff, which includes the prior acquisition of label Crosstown Songs

“Reuniting with Darrell gives me a greater opportunity to access songs from the songwriters in the songwriting community on a much broader scale,” said Huff. “The association goes way beyond that as I look to develop new talent and independent artists through this new partnership with Blackbird Music Publishing Group.”

“My association with Dann has been an incredibly successful partnership over the years," added Franklin. "We built a thriving company, one song at a time, and intend to repeat that on an even grander scale at Blackbird Music Publishing Group."



The New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers announced Nov. 13 that they will present the 2019 New York Chapter Indie Award to Rich Stumpf and Phil Cialdella, CEO/founder and COO/partner of Atlas Music Publishing, respectively. 

The award will be presented to Stumpf and Cialdella on Dec. 4 by Grammy-winning artist Warren Haynes, who is represented by Atlas. Former Cherry Lane Music CEO Peter Primont will introduce the recipients.

“With nearly four decades as a songwriter, guitarist and performer in some of the biggest rock bands of all time, not to mention his career as a solo artist, Warren Haynes is a true industry veteran who has found his home with Atlas Music Publishing,” said president of the AIMP New York Chapter Alisa Coleman. “We can think of no one better to honor Rich, Phil and Atlas Music Publishing for their many contributions to independent music publishers and songwriters over the years.”

“I’m honored to be presenting Rich and Phil with the AIMP Indie Award," added Haynes. "Everyone at Atlas Music Publishing has been extremely supportive of me and my music. Their understanding of the needs of songwriters is, in my experience, unparalleled. They are deeply deserving of this honor, and I’m proud to be the one handing it to them.”


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