Publishing panel: The music publisher’s incentive
Publishing is about distributing music to performers and administrating the royalties afterwards, right? Well, actually in this day and age that is just part of the music publisher’s job. We ask four music publishers to elaborate on the question: “In 2020, how will music publishers enable composers and artists to develop contemporary music?”
Wiebke Busch studied Musicology, Art History and Business Administration in Berlin. She is co-founder of the arts agency ARTEFAKT Kulturkonzepte and has worked for the Classical arm of Wise Music Group (formerly The Music Sales Group) since 1997, both in London and Berlin. From October 2020, Wiebke Busch is the Managing Director of UK Rights Companies for Wise Music Group. As one of the world’s leading independent music publishing companies, it includes the world’s largest independent holding of historic and contemporary classical music. Wise Music maintains a global network of standalone offices including London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and Berlin.
Maximilian von Aulock is Ricordi Berlin’s Promotion Manager for instrumental music and coordinates the international promotion activities. Before he joined the music publisher, Max was running his agency soniq performing arts, representing internationally ensembles, composers, and conductors and producing contemporary music theatre in cooperation with international partners.
Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag (Berlin), founded in 1908, is the German branch of Casa Ricordi and part of Universal Music Publishing Classical. In the second half of the 20th century it started signing its own composers such as Heiner Goebbels, Georg Friedrich Haas, Klaus Huber, Olga Neuwirth, Younghi Pagh-Paan and Enno Poppe. Additionally Ricordi Berlin publishes critical editions of Albert Lortzing, Giovanni Simone Mayr and Giacomo Meyerbeer. Ricordi Berlin also owns the Rob. Forberg Verlag, one of the most important catalogues of Russian music with works by Prokofieff, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka and others.
Tomas Deuss is the Manager of Copyrights & Licensing at Albersen Verhuur B.V. and Deuss Music.
Albersen represents (classical) music publishers worldwide for the Netherlands and (partly) Belgium – and with that the music of the new(st)e time. It often concerns music by living composers. Albersen rents out their artists’ sheet music and arranges licenses for concert performances, opera and music drama performances, CD/DVD recordings, and all kinds of internet broadcasts. Since 2008 Albersen is also a publisher of contemporary classical composers under the name Deuss Music.
Davo van Peursen (1963) studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and started to work at Donemus in 1990. Nowadays he is the Managing Director of Donemus Publishing and chairman of the Dutch Music Publishers Association. He is a member of the council of rightholders of Buma/Stemra.
Donemus Publishing represents composers from the beginning of the previous century up to the youngest generation of composers. Donemus was one of the first to offer its complete catalogue of 15,000 titles in PDF, besides hardcopies. Donemus takes care of rental, sales, licensing, sync-deals and promotes its composers and their works in the international network. Donemus has several records labels to promote composers with hundreds of recordings online at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.