Sony/ATV signs Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen catalogues for neighbouring rights

Sony/ATV signs Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen catalogues for neighbouring rights

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed deals to represent the recording catalogues of Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen through its neighbouring rights division.

As exclusively revealed in this week's Music Week, the UK-based operation has also signed up artists Jamie Scott, Big Shaq, Kojo Funds, Elderbrook and producer Bob Ezrin to its roster, which already included the likes of The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams. 

Sony/ATV UK MD and president, worldwide creative, Guy Moot said: “We continue to develop the roster by exclusively signing quality and key artists so we can keep on providing a hands-on and bespoke approach. We’ve also expanded the infrastructure and personnel of the division as part of our goal of delivering the highest-quality service to hitmakers past and present.”

The division is headed by George Powell, who previously oversaw neighbouring rights at PPL.

“In an area of the industry which is getting fierce with competition, it’s beyond an honour to be entrusted with the calibre of artists that have joined our NR family this year," said Powell. "It’s fantastic to see revenues growing year on year in this sector, but it’s also always a shock to take on clients such as Bob Marley and see just how many recordings they are still to this day not being accounted on. We’re providing an incomparably detailed collection service for some of the biggest names in music, and we’re extremely proud of that.”

You can find an in-depth look at the neighbouring rights sector in the new issue of Music Week, out now. 

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