Independent West African publisher AMG/MaDigital has joined IMPEL.
It is the first company on the African continent to become a member of the international collective agency.
AMG/MaDigital is touted as the first music publishing company in West Africa, and was established with the goal of educating African artists about publishing income and its opportunities, it says.
Based in Ivory Coast, the company was founded in 2020 by Dominique Gnamba.
AMG/MaDigital has signed more than 800 writers since its formation, 90% of which are in West Africa specialising in Afrobeat.
The company represents a number of African artists including Ks Bloom, Asaph du Ciel, Morijah, Stelair, Nitche OG and 8ll.
AMG/MaDigital’s music publishing operation sits alongside a management arm, record label and music promotion service.
IMPEL represents digital music publishing rights, and is 100% owned and controlled by its members.
Over the past six months, the US-based music publishing administrator Regard Music, Los Angeles-based Levantine Music and Portugual-based music publisher Lusitanian Music Publishing have all joined the agency.
“We look forward to working with [IMPEL] to enhance our collections in Africa and make sure our artists get paid properly and quickly.”
Dominique Gnamba said: “We are really happy to become a member of IMPEL.
“We look forward to working with them to enhance our collections in Africa and make sure our artists get paid properly and quickly.
“Joining IMPEL is also a great opportunity to work alongside a diverse range of successful independent publishers from all around the world as a collective.”
“We’re really delighted to be welcoming Dominique and his team to IMPEL as our first member from the African continent.”
Sarah Williams, IMPEL
Sarah Williams, IMPEL CEO, added: “We’re really delighted to be welcoming Dominique and his team to IMPEL as our first member from the African continent.
“MaDigital is breaking new ground in West Africa and we feel that we are the perfect partner to support them in their mission to support African songwriters. Their experience and insight into an important developing region will also be of great value to us.”Music Business Worldwide