Today, Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., and Times Music, the music and music IP management business of the Times of India Group, announced an exclusive licensing deal under which Times Music will represent Warner/Chappell’s catalog in India. The agreement will see Times Music managing the rights to Warner/Chappell’s repertoire and driving publishing and sync deals on behalf of a wide array of songwriters, including Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Katy Perry, Madonna and many others.
Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell, said in a statement, "India has a vibrant and exciting music market that is well positioned to develop and flourish in the coming years. This deal further strengthens our global footprint and ensures we have a partner who will help us to deliver dynamic and comprehensive services. We look forward to working with Times Music to create and drive new opportunities in India that will amplify the success of our extraordinary writers and musicians."
Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music said, "We are thrilled to be working with Cameron, the Warner/Chappell team and their exciting and important compositions. Our company is constantly evolving to ensure it is at the forefront of the changing music industry and the wider IP Management business. This partnership will be a further boost to music publishing following a recent update to the Copyright Act, and we have exciting plans to ensure that Warner/Chappell's legendary catalog reaches its full potential in India."