The three standalone international music publishers, Kobalt Music Publishing Limited, Fairwood Music Group, and Konic Records enter the Indian market via sub-publishing agreements with Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
All three music publishers of differing lengths of time in the business have distinct identities and catalogues.
As the largest independent publisher in the world, Kobalt has catapulted into number four position globally by market share, despite being only 20 years old. Just behind the three majors, viz. Universal Music Publishing, Sony ATV, and Warner Chappell Music, Kobalt controls 40% of the Top 100 singles and albums in the U.S. and the U.K.
Kobalt represents over 25,000 songwriters, 600 publishers, and 20,000 independent artists like Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Marshmello, Diplo, Childish Gambino, Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters, Enrique Iglesias, Lauv, Pitbull and Lewis Capaldi as well as legends like Paul Mc. Cartney, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Stevie Nicks, and Max Martin.
The second publisher, the Fairwood Music Group was formed in London in 1987. Over the years Fairwood has represented artistes and writers as David Bowie, U2, Cat Stevens, Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, Average White Band, Bob Marley, Sandy Denny, J.J. Cale, and Collective Soul amongst many others.
It has active songwriters from all genres on its roster and is actively looking for co-writes with Indian songwriters for material that will appeal to both the Indian and International markets.
The relatively small Konic Records is also a U.K. based record label and publisher that represents the catalogues of eclectic singer/songwriter and producer James Kennedy, and Kyshera.
Konic’s focus is rock and electro-pop, of which it has some very exciting music, with a lot more releasing very soon.
“We’re very excited to be representing some of the greatest music in the world in India. There are many opportunities that we’re hoping to tap into, including helping independent artistes do legitimate covers of global hits that they canrelease officially on all audio platforms, working on collaborations between Indian and international songwriters, artistes and producers and of course, doing a lot of synchronization deals for films, ads and web series in all languages,” says Atul Churamani, Managing Director of Turnkey,
“We’re also looking to strengthen the IPRS representation of international music which has been continually growing in consumption in India. The task at hand is as challenging as it is exciting so we’re nervous of course and just hope we can do a good job for our licensors. Wish us well!”
All three contracts commence on July 1, bringing a large number of contemporary and classic international hits into the Indian music publishing fold.