BMG, the leading international artist-friendly record label music has struck a sub-publishing agreement for the territory of India with Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd., one of the country’s only standalone music publishing companies.
BMG SVP Global Publishing Services Janet Andersen said, “India is an important and growing market for us and we are delighted to have found in Turnkey an independent publisher, which not only shares our values, but also brings a dynamic approach to monetising publishing catalogues.”
Atul Churamani, Managing Director Turnkey Music and Publishing Pvt. Ltd said, “We are honoured that BMG has chosen us to represent its amazing catalogue in the Indian market. The BMG presence will help strengthen the representation of International works in India, particularly at the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) which is now aggressively looking to license all users across all genres of music. BMG brings some fantastic music to the party and having worked with the team there on the ‘Jim Beam Originals’ project in 2020 and 2021, we look forward to creating some interesting and unique opportunities for the company.”
Established in 2013, Turnkey Music & Publishing, an ‘artist first’ company, is involved with its singer / songwriters on all aspects of their music. The company’s goal is to help create interesting, path breaking music and forge collaborations between Indian and International acts. Additionally, Turnkey has been working closely with the Indian Performing Rights Society to educate songwriters and help the society enrol new members.
Turnkey Music & Publishing represents the works of independent Indian songwriters such as Shaan, Papon, Leslee Lewis, Raghav Meattle, Louiz Banks, Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar of blues band Soulmate, Merlyn D’Souza, Sanjay Divecha, Purbayan Chatterjee and more, apart from artiste imprints like Merchant Records of Salim & Sulaiman Merchant, Taalim of Bickram Ghosh and Anuradha Pal’s Sur Aur Saaz. It also sub-publishes the catalogues of Rajshri Entertainment, Shemaroo Entertainment, Ultra Media & Entertainment, SVF, Sree Devi Video Corporation, Super Audio Madras and others in the international markets.
Since 2020, Turnkey has also been the sub-publisher in India of Kobalt Music, Fairwood Music Publishing, Big Swede Studios and Konic Records, as well as representing music production libraries like YouTune Music and Soho Production Music.
BMG, established in 2008, is the world’s fourth-biggest music company, the first new global player in the music business of the streaming age, and a record label and music publisher. They’ve got 21 offices across 12 core music markets, representing over three
million songs and recordings, including many of the most renowned and successful catalogs
in popular music history.
Their music publishing catalogue comprises over three million songs, made up of works by international music legends including George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Waters, Ray Davies, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Diane Warren, Kurt Cobain and Chris DeBurgh among many others. BMG also owns the publishing of catalogues including Virgin, Chrysalis, Stage Three, Cherry Lane, Primary Wave and many others, thus representing the works of varied acts.