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Aussie connection runs deep with Alice Ivy’s worldwide publishing deal

Senior Journalist, B2B
Aussie connection runs deep with Alice Ivy’s worldwide publishing deal

Alice Ivy has snared a new, global publishing deal, through a joint venture with Native Tongue and Concord Music Publishing.

Effective immediately, the publishing pact closely follows the release of Ivy’s critically acclaimed second album, Don’t Sleep, which features a collaborations with the likes of Thelma Plum, Ecca Vandal, Odette, Montaigne and Canadian hip-hopper Cadence Weapon.

“Publishing is something I’ve taken my time with,” said Ivy (real name Annika Schmarsel). “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’.”

The Melbourne-based production guru’s latest album was recently lauded with album of the week status at triple j. Four tracks off it have enjoyed high rotation at the youth network, including the title track ‘Don’t Sleep’ which was the most-played song on triple j in April.

Stream Alice Ivy’s ‘Don’t Sleep’:

The Aussie connection runs deep. Ivy was signed by industry veteran Kim Frankiewicz, the Australian-born, London-based EVP of Worldwide A&R at Concord Music Publishing, who made the trip home last year as a guest speaker at Bigsound 2019.

Ivy is “the full package of songwriter, producer and artist, and we, at Concord, are thrilled to work with her,” comments Frankiewicz.  “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, adds: “An inspiring artist, accomplished producer and talented songwriter, Annika presents a world of avenues for us to explore.”

The followup to I’m Dreaming from 2018, Don’t Sleep dropped July 17, 2020 via Dew Process (ANZ) and Last Gang Records (ROW).

Ivy produced the album in its entirety, and tapped an extraordinarily diverse line-up of guests, with numerous female, non-binary, LGBTQI+, and BIPOC artists and voices.

Speaking to this reporter ahead of release, Ivy said touring plans are tentatively taking shape.

“We do have tours marked for early next year, but with everything going on right now, you have to take everything with a grain of salt,” she explained.

“It might happen, it might not. You can plan to an extent but you have to be open to the idea that it might not happen because we don’t have a (coronavirus) vaccine.”

Established in 2003 with offices in ANZ, Native Tongue represents a catalogue of songwriters, including Stuart Crichton (Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Kygo, Robin Schulz), The Amity Affliction, Courtney Barnett, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, and many more.

Concord Music Publishing owns or administers more than 400,000 copyrighted musical works.


Stream Don’t Sleep below:

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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