Albert Music, the Australian music publisher that represents the catalog of AC/DC, among others, has realigned its international sub-publishing network, including a new deal with Universal.

The Sydney-based music firm has established a raft of new international partnerships; most prominently, Universal Music Publishing will now represent the entire Albert Music catalog throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Prior to the new set-up, Albert had "a complex, and very large number of sub-publishing relationships," explains Albert Music CEO Tim Prescott, adding that in some countries, the company had up to three sub-publishers.

"We intend to develop new markets for our songwriters, new licensing opportunities and the creative exploitation of our copyrights," Prescott tells, "and these publishers have all joined us in our effort to fulfill this ambition and will become a part of Albert's international sub publishing network." Prescott says the network is the culmination of a year-long detailed strategic review of the company's needs.

Albert Music is one of Australia's longest-established independent publishers, with roots dating back to 1885. Alongside AC/DC, the firm represents the catalogs of songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young (Vanda & Young, Flash and the Pan, the Easybeats). The company's diverse song collection also features works by rockers Rose Tattoo and the Angels, leading Australian composers Cezary Skubiszewski and Frank Strangio and jazz writer Paul Grabowsky. Among its newer signings are Megan Washington, Old Man River and Shelley Harland.

In a statement, Universal Music Publishing International executive VP Andrew Jenkins described the Albert management team as "one of the strongest in the business, highly motivated and very experienced." He added: "working together with Tim Prescott, [creative manager] Philip Mortlock and [Albert group of companies CEO] David Albert, I am sure we can look forward to many more international successes."

Elsewhere, Albert Music will be represented by Bucks Music in the U.K. and Ireland (excluding its U.K. subsidiary’s signings, whose catalog is administered globally by EMI Music Publishing), and through Air Chrysalis in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.

Clippers will serve as Albert's sub-publisher in Spain and Portugal; Talpa Music will handle the Benelux countries and AMV Talpa is the partner for the G/S/A territories. Café Concerto has come on board for Italy; French Fried will team for France and MMG is the partner for Israel. Albert Music remains with Carlin in the U.S.