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RowFax News (8/21/19)

[ 0 ] August 21, 2019 | |

UMPG Signs Hillsong To European Administration, Writer Development Agreement

UMPG has signed Hillsong to an administration and writer development agreement in Europe.

The agreement includes both Hillsong Music Publishing and SHOUT! Music Publishing. Hillsong Music Publishing is the publishing arm of Hillsong Church, which has locations in 23 countries and 200,000 people attending services every week. UMPG will work with Hillsong to provide publishing administration services for the church’s catalogue in Europe. The deal will also allow for UMPG and Hillsong to collaborate in writer development opportunities, as well as new joint signings.

SHOUT! Music Publishing is home to an international roster of composers, writers and catalogues, including Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Benjamin Hastings, Alex Pappas, Aodhan King, Hannah Hobbs, Melody Wagner, Ryan Taubert and most recent signing, Josh Grimmett (GOODBOYS).

Ashley McBryde Talks Songwriting, Crafting Album Number Two [Interview]

With her debut major label album, Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde staked her claim as a perceptive troubadour, the kind of artist who trades in a no-fuss style of bygone lyricism, imbued with wit, humor, and heart.

Country radio may not have been swift to engage with McBryde’s music, though one would scarcely have guessed it judging by her appearance on the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, where she not only was honored as New Female Artist of the Year, but performed twice during the broadcast—a vulnerable, triumphant rendering of “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” as well as in a fiery collaboration with Eric Church on “The Snake.”

McBryde’s debut album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. In June, she was honored with the MusicRow Award honor for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, as well as Song of the Year for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Click here to read the exclusive on

Trevor Rosen Signs With Twelve6 Entertainment

(L-R): Travis Myatt (Twelve6 Entertainment Sr. Director, Publishing), Trevor Rosen, and Heidi Hamels (Twelve6 Entertainment, Partner) Photo credit: Annelise Loughead

Trevor Rosen has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Nashville-based publishing and artist development company Twelve6 Entertainment. The deal includes publishing on Rosen’s existing catalog of hits in addition to his new compositions going forward. Twelve6 Entertainment was launched by business partners Heidi Hamels, Tom Becci and Zach Sutton.

The founding member of ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Old Dominion, Rosen is the writer on Old Dominion’s latest No. 1 song, “Make It Sweet,” and has been a co-writer on all of their hits, including “Break Up with Him,” “Song for Another Time,” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” “Hotel Key” and “Written in the Sand.” Rosen has also penned No. 1 hits for Dierks Bentley (“Say You Do”), The Band Perry (“Better Dig Two”), and Blake Shelton (“Sangria”). He is also a co-writer on “I Met a Girl” by William Michael Morgan, and has had his songs cut by Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Randy Houser, and many others.

According to the company’s official site, others on the Twelve6 Entertainment roster include Jerry Flowers, Alex Hall, Jared Keim, and Roman Alexander.

YouTube To Stop Allowing Manual Copyright Claims On Short Music Clips

Beginning in mid-September, YouTube will stop allowing copyright holders to make manual claims to monetize creator videos that include very short music clips or “unintentional” music.

However, copyright holders can continue to block or disable monetization for videos, including those with short music clips, with the manual claiming tool. The change only affects claims made by the manual claiming tool, which requires copyright holders to review each video; the majority of claims are made using YouTube’s Content ID matching system.

Just over a month ago, YouTube began requiring copyright owners to provide timestamps for all manual claims, so creators know exactly which portion of the video is being claimed. YouTube also updated its editor tools in Creator Studio to allow creators to use those timestamps to remove manual claimed content from videos, which automatically releases the claim and restores monetization.The company says that copyright owners who do not abide by the new guidelines will have their manual-claiming rights suspended. It was also noted that if creators feel their use of copyrighted music qualifies as fair use, they can dispute claims via YouTube’s appeals process.


NSAI Honors Songwriter Beckie Foster

Pictured (L-R): Beckie Foster and Steve Bogard.

At the August Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) board meeting, President Steve Bogard presented songwriter Beckie Foster with a special unanimously-voted resolution from the NSAI Board thanking her for 35 years of service. Foster retired from the board earlier this year.

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