EMI Music signs sub-publishing deal with Fairwood Music

Deal means greater likelihood of composers-songwriters being paid for use of songs in ME.
EMI Music signs sub-publishing deal with Fairwood Music
GETTING PAID: Artists more likely to get paid for works in a Middle East region where music piracy is a growing problem. (Getty Images)
By Martin Morris
Mon 10 Aug 2009 10:19 PM

Britain’s EMI Music Publishing has agreed an exclusive sub-publishing deal in the UAE with Fairwood Music (Arabia).

The deal means a far greater likelihood of composers and songwriters getting paid for the use of their songs in a region already notorious for music piracy.Jo Smith, EMI Music Publishing UK Head of Business Affairs, said in a statement: ''The United Arab Emirates is still a relatively new market for music publishing, but we're seeing tremendous growth and vitality and want to make sure that our songwriters are able to take advantage of the opportunities that are beginning to emerge.

''The team at Fairwood Music Arabia have years of experience in the region, and we are delighted to be able to work with them in developing our business there.''

The agreement marks the first time that EMI Music Publishing has contracted with a sub-publisher based in the Middle East.

Fairwood Music (Arabia) has worked with EMI Music Publishing over the last 18 months, initially acting as a clearance service for advertising agencies and other commercial users of music. This new agreement will see Fairwood offering comprehensive music publishing services as EMI seeks to place more emphasis on the region.

Based in Dubai Fairwood has pioneered the protection of music copyrights in the Mideast region and worked to cultivate licensing opportunities in the region for music publishers and songwriters since its launch in January 2008.

In addition to EMI Music Publishing the company also represents Universal Music Publishing Group, Cherry Lane Music, Stage 3 Music, RZO (David Bowie), Reverb Music and Roy Orbison Music amongst others.

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