Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music Publishing has appointed Adrian Murray as GM, effective immediately. He reports to the Melbourne-based company's managing director Ian James.

Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Music Publishing has appointed Adrian Murray as GM, effective immediately. He reports to the Melbourne-based company's managing director Ian James.

Murray was previously the independent publishing firm’s licensing manager, until he left March 2005 to travel extensively. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the company’s move into synch work with globally televised Australian television series as "Neighbours" and "Home And Away." Publisher sources estimate income from television at 30% of the company's revenue. Murray declines to comment on specific figures, but tells Billboard.biz it is "a high proportion of licensing income."

Mushroom Music is undergoing a period of expansion. It boasts the largest catalog of Australian and New Zealand works, including repertoire from Tim and Neil Finn, Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue, the Vines, Yothu Yindi and the Datsuns.

Last November, it acquired another Australian independent, Festival Music Publishing, from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Festival's 24 signings included hit artists Powderfinger and George, Tim Rogers of You Am I, Josh Abrahams and Amiel.

This year, Mushroom signed NZ's breakout hip hop success Scribe, young bands the Mess Hall, the Hot Lies and Airbourne, and folk singers Lior and Ash Grunwald.

Murray says he is also helping Mushroom Pictures' Sydney-based managing director Martin Fabinyi on developing a number of music orientated TV productions.