Levantine Music joins independent licensing agency IMPEL

Los Angeles-based Levantine Music, an independent publisher focused on music from the Middle East and North Africa, has joined independent digital licensing agency IMPEL.

Levantine Music says that it brings music from the MENA region to the West, and develops and supports local artists in the region.

The publisher’s catalog covers a range of genres, including Arabic classical music, pop, hip hop, rock and even children’s music.

Levantine represents writers, composers and producers from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, UAE and more.

The roster includes artists such as Tamer Nafar (DAM), Zuhair Francis, Kher Fodi (Wallaat), Deya Eleyyan, Lina Makoul, El Far3i, Mahmood Jrere, Amal Murkus, Hazy Noir and many more.

IMPEL is an international collective licensing agency representing digital music publishing rights.

It is 100% owned and controlled by members, which include independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner Music CTM, ABKCO, Truelove Music, Faber Music, Mute Song and more.

The IMPEL membership represents works recorded by Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Elvis Presley and more.

“IMPEL was the perfect choice.”

Abed Hathot, Levantine Music

Abed Hathot, Levantine Music MD, said: “We needed a partner that had the relationships and the knowledge to licence our MENA catalogue, and IMPEL was the perfect choice.

“We are so happy to join the IMPEL family.”

“We are delighted to welcome Levantine into the IMPEL fold.”

Simon Platz, IMPEL

Simon Platz, IMPEL Chair, said: “We are delighted to welcome Levantine into the IMPEL fold.

“It’s exciting that the repertoire we represent is becoming increasingly international.

“Trends in consumption across the streaming services clearly show that people are more and more open to music not in their mother tongue.

“We’re confident that our growing ability to offer such diverse repertoire to DSPs will give us another real edge as a licensor.”

In July,  Portugual-based music publisher Lusitanian Music Publishing joined IMPEL.

In May, IMPEL announced that KKR-backed royalty-free music and content platform Artlist had joined the organization.

In June, IMPEL also added Israel-based Amusica Songs Management to its ranks.Music Business Worldwide

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