Absolute Label Services

Absolute and Bucks combine for neighbouring rights JV

London, 2nd November 2017 Absolute Label Services and Bucks Music Group have formed a joint venture to provide neighbouring rights collection for independent artists and labels.

Absolute Rights Management is run by Head of Global Copyright & Collections Gina Deacon, who has driven neighbouring rights collection for Absolute’s label partners for over 15 years. This JV sees the services company and the independent publisher come together to now provide neighbouring rights services for both labels and artists.

The company has been working under the radar for just over a year until now, having signed more than 40 artists to its roster during that time.

The diverse list of names include The Jam’s Bruce Foxton; The Shadows’ Brian Bennett; grime artist Cadet; guitarist, pianist and composer David Arnold; and Christian rock artist and songwriter Martin Smith.

Absolute Rights Management collects directly from numerous territories including the UK, USA, France, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and many more.

Gina Deacon said: “Absolute has collected neighbouring rights royalties for its label clients for many years now, but there is still a huge number of performers who aren’t receiving full remuneration when eligible recordings they’ve performed on are played in public. Absolute and Bucks have come together to be a powerful but independent champion for artists in this sector.”

Absolute Label Services MD Henry Semmence said: “Absolute and Bucks have been long-time collaborators and we’ve always worked well together. We have the same commitment to service when it comes to our clients and believe that together we can provide the most complete neighbouring rights offering on the market.”

Bucks Music Group MD Simon Platz said: “This JV with Absolute feels like a natural fit considering the kinship of our two companies in terms of both our philosophy and approach to the business and our clients. Together we have a wealth of resources and expertise that will benefit performing artists of all shapes and sizes.”

Absolute Label Services has been at the forefront of its sector since 1998. It works with artists, managers and labels. Artist clients include Steps, Shane Filan, Alice Cooper, Newton Faulkner, Babymetal, Cadet, Deep Purple, Jack Savoretti and many more. Label clients include earMusic and BMG.

The award-winning Bucks Music Group is one of the UK’s leading and longest running independent music publishers. Its catalogue includes works by the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, DJ Fresh, Run The Jewels, Brian Eno, James Blunt, Professor Green, Rudimental and Beyonce to name a few. Label publishing partners include Heavenly, Nude, Raggamuffin, Brownswood, Rekids, Arts & Crafts, VIVa and No Hats No Hoods.

Absolute Label Services

Founded in 1998, Absolute is one of the world’s most established independent label services companies.