Kobalt enters India’s music publishing market via partnership with Turnkey

Kobalt has entered the Indian music publishing market via a sub-publishing deal with Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 2013, Turnkey is one of India’s most prominent independent music publishers, working with both copyright owners and independent songwriters.

Kobalt represents over 25,000 songwriters and 600 publishers and 20,000 artists, and recently won the ASCAP Pop Music Publisher Of The Year prize in the United States.

Its contemporary songwriter roster includes the likes of Finneas O’Connell, Dean Lewis, Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Brendon Urie and many more.

Kobalt isn’t the only indie publisher to ink a new deal with Turnkey in India.

London-based, Fairwood Music Group, which has represented artists and writers like David Bowie, U2, Cat Stevens, Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, Average White Band and Bob Marley down the years, has also signed a sub-publishing agreement with Turnkey in India.

“We’re also looking to strengthen the IPRS representation of international music which has been continually growing in consumption in India.”

Atul Churamani, Turnkey (pictured)

In addition, UK-based label and publisher Konic Records, which represents the catalogs of singer / songwriter and producer James Kennedy and Kyshera, has inked its own deal to be repped by Turnkey in India.

The Indian market is hotting up for international music companies, with Believe’s DIY distribution platform TuneCore announcing earlier this week that it was launching it own presence in the country.

All three contracts (Kobalt, Fairwood and Konic) commenced on July 1, bringing a large number of contemporary and classic international hits into the Indian music publishing fold.

Says Atul Churamani, Managing Director of Turnkey, “We’re very excited to be representing some of the greatest music in the world in India. There are many opportunities that we’re hoping to tap into, including helping independent artistes do legitimate covers of global hits that they can release officially on all audio platforms, working on collaborations between Indian and international songwriters, artistes and producers and of course, doing a lot of synchronization deals for films, ads and web series in all languages.

“We’re also looking to strengthen the IPRS representation of international music which has been continually growing in consumption in India. The task at hand is as challenging as it is exciting so we’re nervous of course and just hope we can do a good job for our licensors. Wish us well!”Music Business Worldwide

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