Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST launches music publishing arm

Saudi Arabia-based music entertainment company MDLBEAST has launched a music publishing arm, called MDLBEAST Publishing.

The new division aims to work with songwriters, producers, and artists in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East and North Africa region.

MDLBEAST Publishing says it will be working with Sentric to provide global support beyond the MENA region and administrative services for registering authors’ works.

According to MDLBEAST, the strategic partnership with Sentric “will ensure that creators are represented globally and across all mediums and receive their rightful earnings through royalties for reproduction, printing, performance, and broadcasting rights in an efficient and timely manner”.

MDLBEAST noted in its announcement that it “already offers creativity solutions to support and guide creators”.

MDLBEAST says that its writing and production camps have benefited 20 artists to date, including some of Saudi Arabia’s highest-profile electronic music artists such as Cosmicat, Jeme, Vigion, LeSad, Malkin, Emad and Dish Dash.

This program will be expanded in 2024, with several camps already scheduled, taking advantage of the new studio complex within Beast House.

Individual coaching and workshop sessions will also be provided to “increase awareness of music publishing best practice tactics and skills”, such as encouraging writers to join Performance Rights Organizations.

MDLBEAST also owns a group of brands in the music entertainment sector, such as MDLBEAST Records, WTR, Mahool, Gabu, and MaestroLAB.

The company says that it represents a catalog that includes over 300 master rights and “a similar number’ for publishing.

Talal Albahiti, COO and Head of Music at MDLBEAST said that the company’s new music publishing arm will address key challenges associated with music broadcast and performance by working closely with local, regional, and global music rights organizations, particularly in terms of protecting intellectual and financial rights for creators.

The new arm will help creators to access services that enable development, creativity, and production.

“We are delighted to launch a pioneering and unique model in the music publishing sector in the Kingdom and across the MENA region.”

Talal Albahiti, MDLBEAST

Talal Albahiti said: ” We are delighted to launch a pioneering and unique model in the music publishing sector in the Kingdom and across the MENA region.

“With the recent launch of MDLBEAST FM Radio, our music brand partnerships team, and the recording studios at Beast House in Jax, we can now provide a comprehensive range of services to meet the commercial development needs of the creative community, artists, music producers, and songwriters.”

MDLBEAST also organizes  XP Music Futures, the MENA-focused music conference. The 2024 edition will return to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from December 5-7.Music Business Worldwide