London, 3rd November 2021 Four new US-based publishers have joined IMPEL – Fonico, LLC, Tompkins Farm Music and James Auspitz’s Auspitz and HaLevi Music.
Owned by Herman Rodriguez-Bajandas, Fonico, LLC administers and represents the music publishing and artist services companies of a significant number of iconic Latin music artist/composers.
Among these artists are Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Valentin, Larry Harlow, Papo Lucca, Cheo Feliciano, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz and others.
The catalogue also contains recognizable works in salsa, big band mambo, merengue, ballads, rock en español, Christian, and children’s genres.
Tompkins Farm Music is a boutique US start-up owned by Jeff Aber – a veteran record executive, personal manager and entertainment attorney. TFM has a global mindset and is focused on providing worldwide administration and placements of music in film, television and advertising. Its catalog is diverse and includes composers from the 1950s to the present. At the forefront of the TFM catalog are works by Emmy Award winning musician, singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and conductor Ray Charles Offenberg, who was best known as the leader of the Ray Charles Singers who were featured on Perry Como’s records and television shows for 35 years.
Auspitz Music and HaLevi Music are the companies of James Auspitz, who has enjoyed platinum success as a publisher with the hit songs I’ll Always Love You (a Grammy winner) and Just To See Her, which was the last Smokey Robinson chart topper. Auspitz is also a songwriter (including George Benson’s contemporary jazz hit, Love Of My Life) and a pioneer of putting comedy to music. He runs the label, Highpoint Records, Inc.
IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams said: “It’s great to see more and more US publishers realising how multi-territory digital licensing outside North America can give a huge boost to their business, and we’re delighted to be adding such a refreshing range of genres to the repertoire we are licensing. Being able to offer such a range of musical styles really gives DSPs the ability to reach the widest possible subscriber profile.”
IMPEL is the international collective licensing agency representing digital music publishing rights. It is 100% owned and controlled by its members, which include respected independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner Music CTM, ABKCO, Truelove Music, Faber Music, Mute Song and many more.
The IMPEL membership represents a diverse collection of works recorded by many of the world’s biggest artists past and present including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Elvis Presley and more.