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NORTH WEST SONGS ARRIVES
1/17/23

Composer Dan Fable is flanked by North West Songs head Ben Bodie, right, and his manager George Tyekiff.

The publishing arm of Nick Raphael’s new venture North West Songs will be run in partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group. Its most recent signing is Top 5 songwriter Dan Fable.

The company has already a landed a hit—Fable co-wrote “Messy in Heaven” for Columbia artist Venbee, which hit #3 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart earlier in January.

Other artists on the roster include singer/songwriter Sekou and R&B vocal group No Guidnce, who had the sixth most viewed artist account on TikTok in the U.K. in 2022. North West Songs is also working with electronic artist Daniel Avery through a new JV with producer Paul Epworth.

As reported last week, the pubco is run by former Ministry of Sound Publishing head Ben Bodie.

“We are already very excited about the artists we are signing,” Bodie said. “Dan is exceptionally talented and we’re delighted to be launching the company with such a big hit. There is a lot of heat and excitement around Sekou and No Guidnce."

The intention for Fable "is to establish him as a composer in the film and TV space, as well as help enhance his already flourishing artist career.”

Sitting under North West Songs is NW Sync, which is focused on building a stable of writers, composers and artists that operate in the film, TV and advertising space.

Recent signings include recording artist, composer and sound designer CJ Mirra—a BAFTA nominee and Sundance winner—and electronic outfit CMD/CTRL, who have received placements with brands including Sky, Ford, Nintendo and EA Sports.

North West Songs and North West Sync form part of NWS Music Group. Founded by Raphael and Christian Tattersfield, it’s a newly created independent venture housing recordings, publishing and sync under one umbrella.

SMP TO LAUNCH GHANA CAMP
12/14/22

Sony Music Publishing is preparing to launch its inaugural songwriting camp in West Africa.

Taking place in Accra, Ghana from 1/5-12, the SMP Ghana Camp is spearheaded by Wale Davies, Head of A&R, Africa, and will bring together songwriters like Tems, Ladipoe, Lojay, Guiltybeatz, Ozedikus, AV, Berwyn, Moon Willis, Johnny Coffer, Rymez and more.

“As a Nigerian myself it has always been a goal of mine to build bridges between the continent and the rest of the globe, and I am grateful for this opportunity to cultivate the future of music with SMP,” said Davies.

“This camp is a part of Sony Music Publishing’s commitment to African songwriters and the continent. I am delighted to be a part of this important effort to build meaningful connections between African composers and artists, as well as the international music market,” added SMP Managing Director, Nigeria, Godwin Tom.

The SMP Ghana Camp will also coincide with Detty December, which is celebrated across Ghana and Nigeria with various concerts and festivities. Speaking of the holidays, pass the eggnog.

SONY PUBLISHING U.K. UPS ASHER 
12/14/22

Sony Music Publishing U.K. has promoted Naomi Asher to VP, Songwriter Services and Neighboring Rights. She reports to SMP U.K. Co-Managing Directors, David Ventura and Tim Major.

In her elevated role, Asher will serve as the go-to contact for SMP U.K.’s catalog songwriters and clients. She will be responsible for expanding opportunities for their songs locally and internationally.

Asher joined the pubco in 2020 as VP, Neighboring Rights, U.K. & International. Based in London, she will continue to oversee the company’s neighboring rights division.

“Naomi’s role in bridging the gap between neighboring rights and publishing has been vital,” Major said. “Songwriter services and our legacy catalog is part of the Sony Music Publishing DNA, and Naomi understands this ethos through and through. We know she will be integral in continuing to develop the success of our writers and their iconic songs.”

Prior to Sony, Asher was pirector and president of Wixen Music UK Ltd., where she focused on neighboring rights. As the co-founder of the Independent Alliance for Artist Rights, she is a leading advocate for standardization and increased transparency across neighboring rights.