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News January 29, 2021

Remote Control Records launches music publishing venture with Beggars Music

Remote Control Records launches music publishing venture with Beggars Music
Image: Remote Control head of creative and licensing Jill Stewart

Aussie label Remote Control Records has launched a music publishing arm, Remote Control Music, as a joint venture with overseas indie publisher Beggars Music.

Remote Control has been representing Beggars Group artists in Australia for two decades now, including The National, Future Islands, Big Thief, Julien Baker, Perfume Genius, and Belle and Sebastian. Remote Control also has its own label for Australian artists, Dot Dash.

With the new venture, Remote Control will represent Beggars Music’s catalogue in Australia and New Zealand, while local signees will have access to the global services offered by Beggars.

“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,” Remote Control co-founders, Steve Cross and Harvey Saward, said in a statement.

“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.”

Remote Control Music will be overseen by head of creative and licensing, Jill Stewart, who previously worked as the label’s licensing manager.

To coincide with the launch, Remote Control Music has also announced the signing of Aussie artist Gena Rose Bruce, who will begin recording her second album in February, as well as the catalogue acquisition of Brooklyn-via-Australia duo Luluc.

Beggars Music chairman Andy Heath said Stewart is “a natural for the publishing business and our whole team love working with her”

“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.”


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