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Publishing Briefs: BMI Links With Twitch; Kobalt Signs Doja Cat Writer

This week in publishing news: CISAC appoints a new board of directors, Concord signs singer-songwriter Colton Venner, and more.

BMI has partnered with Twitch for “The Collective,” the streaming platform’s music creator program. Started in November 2021, the initiative invites a promising class of musicians to participate in special promotional opportunities with Twitch and its partners (like Rolling Stone and Amazon Music) and to grow their following with help from service. With the new partnership, BMI will help Twitch curate co-ops of likeminded artists of similar backgrounds, genres and career stages for The Collective. Alex Flores, BMI’s SVP, Creative. “BMI has an incredible track record as a source for new music discovery, and The Collective aligns with our commitment.”


CISAC — the premiere network of authors societies worldwide — has reappointed Marcelo Castello Branco as chair of its Board of Directors, his second three year term. As CEO of Brazil’s music society, UBC, Branco will oversee the newly elected board and which works to address the “constant and never changes that are taking place across the music landscape,” as he puts it. The vice chairs of the Board of Directors are Patrick Raude, Secretary-General of French society SACD, and Jennifer Brown, CEO of Canadian society SOCAN.

Kobalt Music has signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Aaron Horn, the co-writer and co-producer of Doja Cat’s “Woman.” Along with traditional administration, Kobalt will also provide global sync and creative services for Horn’s music moving forward. Along with his solo work in the studio, Horn is half of the duo Crate Classics, a bass and roots group which has collaborated with dancehall’s Cableton and jugle act Potential Badboy. Kenny McGoff, head of a&r, UK, Kobalt, says of the deal that, “Aaron is a creative force of nature with many different visions for his art. His work with Doja Cat has brought him fantastic commercial success, and his Crate Classics project alongside Jamie Rodigan is both exciting and culturally the right time to make people move and feel.”

Carnival Music has signed singer-songwriter Jaida Dreyer to a new publishing agreement. One of country music’s most in-demand writers, she has written for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, Sara Evans and many more. Owner of Carnival Music, Frank Liddell, calls Dreyer the “consummate professional” who “success in every endeavor she takes on.” The company’s creative director, Nicole Wyatt, adds “She has such an infectious spirit and her successes combined, just makes you want to work harder for her.”

Concord Music Publishing has inked a global publishing deal with Carl Cox, a pioneering DJ, producer and remixer in the dance music genre. The deal includes both his future works and his impressive back catalog of hits, like his 1991 hit “I Want You Forever.” He has worked with the likes of Nile Rogers, Fatboy Slim, Nicole Moudaber, Juan Atkins, Josh Wink, Franky Wah and Sofi Tukker over the course of his 40 year career in the biz. This announcement arrives just as Cox prepares for his first album in over a decade Electronic Generations, which will be released later this year.

Spirit Music Nashville/Fluid Music Revolution have jointly signed hit country songwriter Cale Dodds to a publishing administration agreement, encompassing a large part of his catalog (~250 compositions). The deal also includes a co-publishing agreement for works written by Dodds moving forward. Some of his past hits, like “Drinkin’ Beer, Talkin’ God, Amen” “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” “Take You Back” and “I Like Where This Is Going” remain with Cale’s previous publisher. “Starting a new partnership at Fluid/Spirit is a full-circle moment for me,” says Dodds of the new agreement. “Almost every person in that building has played some kind of role in my story and feels like family.”

Bucks Music Group has announced a new global publishing administration agreement with Kathryn Williams. With fourteen albums already under her belt, Williams is a Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter who has been working in the music business for decades. Bucks Music Group’s head of sync Jonathan Tester says of the deal that he is  “thrilled Kathryn has chosen Bucks to be the guardian of her wonderful collection of songs, and I am very excited about the opportunities we can find for her catalog.”

Concord Music Publishing has signed singer-songwriter Colton Venner to a global publishing deal. This is the first publishing agreement for the Fort Worth, Texas born country artist who draws inspiration from artists like Chris Knight and Johnny Cash. Known for his storytelling lyrics, Venner says that “signing a publishing deal is a lifelong dream come true, however, signing with the Concord team is so much better than I could have ever hoped for or imagined. I’m excited to see what’s next.” The deal entails both his past discography and future works.

Bosworth Music GmbH/Wise Music Group has signed German-Turkish producer, writer and composer Alev Lenz to a worldwide publishing deal. This includes music from her Grammy-nominated back catalog and future works made under the terms of the deal. Michael Ohst, managing director of Bosworth Music says of Lenz is a “versatile and exciting artist and composer. Her film scores and her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Anoushka Shankar have raised the bar in this genre of writing.”

Wise Music Group has signed a “long term” publishing deal with composer Vasco Mendonça, joining a roster of other venerable talents in the world of music composition. Mendonça says of the deal. that he is “delighted to be joining such a wonderful, historic publisher as Alphonse Leduc – and I hugely look forward to working together with their fantastic team on many exciting projects in the future.”