Sentric Music Group

Sentric to administer Rough Trade Publishing in global deal

Agreement covers RTP artist roster, including Alvvays, Chelsea Wolfe, The Magnetic Fields and Beau Young Prince.

Liverpool, 7th March 2023

Sentric Music Group has agreed to a global administration deal with Rough Trade Publishing.

The deal with Sentric covers all of Rough Trade Publishing’s artist roster, which will benefit from Sentric’s industry-leading administration infrastructure and technology, as well as its expert team both in the US and around the world.

The Rough Trade Publishing artist roster includes Alvvays, Chelsea Wolfe, The Magnetic Fields, Beau Young Prince, The Tallest Man On Earth, Fugazi, Against Me!, Built To Spill, Mission of Burma and Black Lips.

Founded in London in 1991, emerging out of the famous Rough Trade record store, that eventually spawned the record label of the same name, Rough Trade Publishing established itself as one of the most respected independent music publishers in the UK.

Rough Trade Publishing was acquired by New York-born indie publishing heavyweight House Of Hassle in 2016, and the two companies and catalogues were merged and continued forward as a joint entity, trading under the name Rough Trade Publishing.

Today, the company operates with a combined staff and roster, as part of Bank Robber Industries (which also includes synch licensing powerhouse Bank Robber Music, and custom music house Academy Fight Songs).

Rough Trade Publishing runs out of its main office in Hoboken, NJ, with a satellite office and recording studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The deal follows Sentric expansion into the US during 2022, which saw a growing team formed across NY, Chicago and Atlanta.

Sentric US President & Head of A&R, Simon Perry said: “The newly formed team in the US have been working tirelessly to bring the Sentric brand and ethos to a wide and diverse range of US clients. I’m delighted to see Sentric grow so quickly in this territory, particularly with institutional brands such as Rough Trade Publishing, entrusting us with the administration of their incredible catalogue. I look forward to seeing where Sentric powering this iconic powerhouse of indie music can take us all. It’s been a pleasure working with Gandhar, AJ and Lyle to create this partnership, and I’m looking forward to supporting the entire Rough Trade Publishing team and their writers.”

Sentric US A&R Director Matt DuFour said: “I am beyond excited to be able to work alongside Gandhar, AJ and Lyle and the whole of the Rough Trade Publishing team. RTP is an iconic brand with an amazing A&R track record. This new partnership with Sentric will simultaneously give RTP’s writers access to industry-leading reporting technology and allow the company to focus their efforts on what they do best; finding and supporting the best artists and writers on the planet.”

Rough Trade Publishing partner and SVP Legal Affairs, Gandhar Savur, says “Now more than ever, independent publishers need to engage in the process, and provide 360 degree support for their writers. RTP has a proven track record with A&R, music licensing and creative services; now being able to combine those strengths with Sentric’s excellence in administration and collections, we believe we can offer our writers the best of both worlds.”

Rough Trade Publishing partner and Head of A&R, AJ Tobey, says “We are immensely proud of the roster of artists and writers that we’ve built at RTP. Bringing Sentric’s expertise in administration into the fold only makes us even more confident that we are offering our roster incredible service, across all aspects of publishing.”

Sentric Music Group

Founded in 2006, Sentric Music Group is a global, award-winning independent publisher. Based in Liverpool, with offices in London, Hamburg and New York, it boasts an international infrastructure including direct royalty collection with over 120 global territories. Today, it represents more than 1.5m works and over 200,000 songwriters.