This month will welcome the launch of Asian Music Publishing Ltd (AMP), which claims to be the first ever independent Asian music publishing company with a dedicated mission to represent writers, composers and producers of Asian music on a global basis.
Founded by Terry Mardi and Laurence Aston, AMP has signed a long-term worldwide sub-publishing and administration deal with Bucks Music and will make its first composer and catalogue signings in December 2012.
Terry Mardi, Managing Director of AMP, said: “We are focused on creating a fair and sustainable eco-system for writers and composers of Asian music around the world. Our number one goal is to generate license and royalty income streams for our writers, creators and copyright owners including record labels who administer or control music copyrights.
"We see AMP as a ground-breaking music publisher, helping to redefine the landscape of the Asian music industry. Our relationship with the Bucks Music Group (with wholly-owned offices with direct society memberships in twelve major territories) is part of our strategy to enfranchise and empower Asian artists who struggle to earn their due from the exploitation of their works around the world. AMP is proud to provide a truly global publishing solution for makers and copyright holders of Asian music".
Simon Platz, Managing Director of Bucks Music Group said: “With changes in Indian copyright law, the partnership between Terry Mardi and his team and the Bucks Music Group, give South Asian composers the perfect home for their rights. With Bucks’s proven administration skills and AMP’s hunger for exploitation opportunities, composers will have a service second to none”.
To meet what it says is increasing global media demand for South Asian and East Asian music, AMP will also be 'encouraging new writer collaborations, attracting top hit makers from many countries to write and compose alongside Asian writers, knowing that their rights are being managed fairly and in line with international copyright conventions'.
AMP will be working hard to change the core of the Asian music industry by activating new deals that will specifically help music creators generate income for the long term, in what Terry Mardi calls “The AMP Pension Plan for music makers and copyright owners”.