Downtown signs multi-territory music publishing deal with John Butler

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a multi-territory administration deal with independent Australian musician John Butler.

Butler is best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for John Butler Trio (JBT).

Through this deal, Downtown will administer more than 100 compositions from the band’s catalog, including songs that have yet to be released.

The announcement coincides with John Butler Trio’s recently released seventh studio album, Home (2018), debuting at No.1 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts.

This marks the group’s sixth Top 10 album, and fourth No.1 album following Sunrise Over Sea (2004), Grand National (2007), and April Uprising (2010).

Butler said: “I’m stoked to start this new era with Downtown Music Publishing. I’m really looking forward to working with all the talented team and sharing my new album Home as far and wide as possible.

“A definition of “luck” I once heard from a colleague goes something like this: luck is when preparedness meets opportunity – so good luck to us all!”

“John Butler is an immensely talented artist, songwriter, musician, and wonderful person.”

Rachel Kelly, Downtown Music Publishing

Rachel Kelly, Downtown’s Creative Director and Head of Sync in Australia and New Zealand, said: “John Butler is an immensely talented artist, songwriter, musician, and wonderful person.

“Home is a masterpiece – his finest songwriting to date. We’re so honored that John has chosen Downtown to represent his music around the globe.

Daniel Lloyd Jones, Head of UK A&R/SVP of International Creative, added: “Rachel Kelly has a clear vision for what she wants to achieve in Australia and this statement signing just shows her intent! John is a tour de force and a huge addition to the global Downtown roster!”

Downtown opened its Sydney office in February 2018, with the appointment of Rachel Kelly as Creative Director and Head of Sync for Australia and New Zealand.Music Business Worldwide

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