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New Signings July 28, 2020

Alice Ivy signs with Concord Music Publishing and Native Tongue

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Alice Ivy signs with Concord Music Publishing and Native Tongue
Alice Ivy / by Michelle G Hunder

Alice Ivy has inked a joint publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing and Native Tongue.

The agreement sees the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and producer represented by Concord and Native Tongue globally and comes a few weeks after she released her second album.

Don’t Sleep dropped on July 17 through Dew Process (ANZ) and Last Gang Records (ROW), and features collaborations with fellow promising local acts Thelma Plum, Ecca Vandal, Odette & Montaigne.

Ivy reveals she didn’t want to rush into a publishing deal, even though she released her debut album I’m Dreaming back in 2018. “Publishing is something I’ve taken my time with,” she said.

“I wanted to hold off until I’d matured as a songwriter and a producer and wait for the right partners to come along. Between the team at Native Tongue, who’ve always looked out for me, and my new family at Concord, it feels like the best possible set-up for me at this exciting stage in my career.

“When it came down to it, they asked what I was looking for and I said, ‘I want to be jumping on planes and writing music every day’ and they said, ‘we can do that!'”

Alice Ivy Zoom Signing / Supplied

Ivy, real name Annika Schmarsel, first rose into the spotlight by winning the 2017 triple j Unearthed Listen Out competition, and has since seen several singles backed by the national broadcaster including four consecutive recent singles on high rotation.

The title track from her recent LP ‘Don’t Sleep’ was the most-played song on triple j in April.

“Alice Ivy is the full package of songwriter, producer and artist, and we, at Concord, are thrilled to work with her,” says Kim Frankiewicz, EVP of Worldwide A&R at Concord Music Publishing.

“With a talent like Alice Ivy, this is the perfect time to collaborate and sign an artist together with Jaime and the team at Native Tongue.”

Jaime Gough, managing director at Native Tongue Music Publishing, says they are “delighted to welcome Annika to the extended Native Tongue family.

“An inspiring artist, accomplished producer and talented songwriter, Annika presents a world of avenues for us to explore. Kim and I have long talked about signing talent together, and I’m glad it has finally happened with such an exciting writer.

“We are very happy to be extending our long-term relationship with Concord in this manner, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”


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