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Downtown Music Services Announces Slate of Signings and Renewals

June 30, 2021 by Team Downtown

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NEW YORK, JUNE 30, 2021 -- Downtown Music Services℠, the leading global provider of bespoke music publishing, distribution, marketing and financing support to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, announced today it has signed or renewed a wide array of creators for publishing administration and distribution. This is the first formal announcement from Downtown Music Services (DMS), following news in late April that its parent company, Downtown Music Holdings℠, was creating the new business unit by aligning the services of Downtown Music Publishing® and DashGo℠.   

In publishing, DMS has recently signed administration deals with Anthony Newley, Ibeyi, Remi Kabaka, Steven Wilson, and Samuel Dixon, as well as renewed existing deals with Jason Isbell, Tori Amos, and Ween. In distribution, DMS has signed deals with American Authors, Cheat Codes, Hunter Hayes, and RAC. (A full list of new deals and renewals is included below.)

“I am delighted that with Downtown Music Services we have brought together two outstanding businesses that have made huge steps over the last ten years in the artist and songwriter space,” said Mike Smith, Global President, Downtown Music Services. “I have always gone to work with the intention of providing the best possible service for the songwriters and artists I worked with. For me, copyright ownership was irrelevant, it was always about serving the music creators and helping them to realise their dreams. I am delighted that we are entirely focussed upon that end at DMS.”

“I'm extremely happy with the reception Downtown Music Services has received from existing and new clients alike,” says Ben Patterson, Chief Operating Officer, Downtown Music Services. “With a truly global staff focusing entirely on serving artists and constructing the right team for each project, we're releasing some of the most exciting music on the planet just as the world is ready to get back out and hear it in all venues and formats.”

These artists and writers are part of a robust DMS roster that includes publishing administration deals with The Estates of George Gershwin, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Miles Davis, as well as Fiona Apple, John Prine, Wu-Tang Clan, Ryan Tedder/OneRepublic, and more. By design, Downtown Music Services provides select premier songwriters and artists the ability to effectively manage their works, while retaining ownership and control. DMS is the only provider in the market with a unified offering that includes premium distribution, publishing administration, marketing and promotions, monetization, financing and creative services to professional artists, independent labels and other rights holders. 


- Big Indie - Leading music publisher whose roster embraces a broad spectrum of artists from Vic Santoro to Yokelore

- Samuel Dixon - Veteran writer for Adele, Sia, Christina Aguilara, and Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

- Yuki Hayashi - One of Japan’s leading composers for film, television and Anime

- Jimmy Hogarth - Songwriter with Amy Winehouse, Tom Grennan, Duffy, Paolo Nutini

- Ibeyi - French-Cuban sisters produced by XL’s Richard Russell

- Remi Kabaka - Longtime co-writer for Gorillaz

- Kills Birds - Female-fronted LA rock band with new album recorded in Dave Grohl’s studio

- Taj Mahal - Three-time Grammy winning blues icon

- Anthony Newley - Actor, singer and songwriter, co-writer of “Pure Imagination,” “A Wonderful Day Like Today” and the Academy Award-nominated score for ‘Willy Wonka.’ Inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 1989.

- Tigerspring - Scandinavian music and entertainment agency

- Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree - 2021 album from pioneering prog artist ‘The Future Bites’ was a Global Top 5 record

- 45th & 3rd Music Publishing - Legendary managers Tim Blacksmith and Danny Poku’s publishing company for the writer PHER


- Tori Amos - Grammy®-nominated singer, composer, and pianist

- Marco Beltrami - Film and television composer, two-time Academy Award® nominee 

- Jason Isbell - Four-time Grammy® winner, nine-time Americana Music Awards winner

- Kassner Music - Leading global independent music publisher founded in 1944 by Edward Kassner, including classic songs by the Kinks

- Ween - Beloved cult rock band

- Hans Zimmer and Remote Control Publishing and 14th Street Publishing - Film score production and publishing companies


- American Authors - Popular American rock band responsible for numerous radio hits 

- Avex USA - DMS supports select priority artist releases from AVEX /SELENE US imprint, including the launch of TikTok sensation Zach Hood and now Sophie Holohan

- Cheat Codes - DMS recently distributed their debut album ‘Hellraisers Part. 1’ and will be distributing future releases. Single “Lean On Me” with Tinashe is currently #31 at Top 40 radio

- Cima Incubadora - Distro platform and DSP support for developing Regional Mexican artists in partnership with multi-platinum producer Manny Ledesma.

- Amr Diab - Iconic Middle Eastern artist, holder of 7 World Music Awards

- Yuki Hayashi - One of Japan’s leading composers for film, television and Anime

- Hunter Hayes - Renowned country artist who has left the major label system 

- Hobo Johnson - DMS is releasing his 3rd album ‘The Revenge Of Hobo Johnson’, known for his viral Tiny Desk Concert

- Los Tucanes de Tijuana - Regional Mexican trailblazers with 30x Platinum albums and 12x Grammy nominations.

- Mick Music - The label arm of Mick Management, home to artists like Fancy Hagood, Brett Dennen, The Backseat Lovers, and The Brook & The Bluff

- RAC / Goldroom / Minerva - Label jointly owned by RAC and Goldroom, through which the pair release their own material and sign new acts 

- Rap Trap Records / Alzada Corp. - Mexican label that’s home to top artists like Neto Peña, Lefty SM, Yoss Bones, Toser One, Almanegra and more

- Salma Rachid - Moroccan popstar

- Mohamed Ramadan - Iconic Egyptian singer and actor