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News January 29, 2021

Remote Control and Beggars Music launch music publishing joint venture

Remote Control and Beggars Music launch music publishing joint venture
Head of Creative & Licensing Jill Stewart
Image: Head of Creative & Licensing Jill Stewart will oversee the Aus operation

Remote Control and Beggars Music have announced the launch of a joint publishing venture called Remote Control Music.

The newly established music publishing division is a partnership between Remote Control Music and the independent publisher Beggars Music, which has offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

Remote Control Music will represent Beggar Music’s catalogue in Australia and New Zealand. Their impressive roster of artists includes Glass Animals, who topped triple j’s Hottest 100 this week with their hit ‘Heat Waves’, alongside the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Belle & Sebastian, Deerhunter, Snail Mail, and This Is The Kit.

Australian songwriters signed to Remote Control Music will seamlessly plug-in to the worldwide structure offered by Beggars Music.

Remote Control’s co-founders Steve Cross and Harvey Saward commented: “We are excited to expand Remote Control in to the publishing space.  We have worked with the Beggars Group for 20 years, representing their catalogue of recorded music in Australia and New Zealand.

It makes perfect sense to expand on that successful partnership and work with the publishing company. In many ways this is a new venture but having worked together for nearly two decades we have longstanding relationships and a shared ethos.

With the experience and global reach of Beggars Music and our knowledge of the Australian market/music scene we bring something fresh and dynamic to the local industry.”

Andy Heath, chairman of Beggars Music, added: “Steve and Harvey at Remote Control have for many years been wonderful partners of Beggars Group in Australia. The move into a joint enterprise in the publishing world is the realisation of a long term desire to offer our unique brand of services to the Australian writer/composer community. Jill Stewart is a natural for the publishing business and our whole team love working with her.”

Head of Creative & Licensing Jill Stewart will oversee the Australian operation. Jill has an extensive background in music supervision, licensing, and film production. She has represented both local and international catalogues over the past six years as the Licensing Manager at Remote Control. Before this, she worked with Music Mill as a Music Supervisor and began her career in the film industry as a music editor and sound designer.

Remote Control Music are also delighted to announce the signing of Gena Rose Bruce. Gena released her debut album Can’t Make You Love Me on Remote Control’s Dot Dash label, which resulted in an invitation to perform at SXSW.

Her debut received many accolades including NPR ‘All Songs Considered’ featuring it on their top albums of the week. She will start recording her follow-up album in February.

The company has also acquired Luluc’s catalogue. Originally from Melbourne, Luluc have been heavily involved in Brooklyn’s music community since.

Their album Sculptor was released through Mistletone/Sub Pop, earning acclaim from the likes of Uncut Magazine, which named it album of the month. They’ve also been championed by notable names such as Aaron Dessner of The National and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr..

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


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