Sub Pop Publishing joins IMPEL

Sub Pop Publishing’s diverse catalogue includes credits on songs from big names such as Christine And The Queens, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky, Olafur Arnalds and SZA.

London, 5th December 2023

Sub Pop Publishing has joined IMPEL.

Sub Pop Publishing is the publishing division of the iconic Sub Pop Records. Founded 15 years ago, the publishing operation was originally launched to serve artists on the label.

It has grown significantly over the subsequent years, with Sub Pop Publishing today representing 5,000 songs and 60 acts across its roster.

Sub Pop Publishing has built a global reputation, with an international perspective and a catalogue that spans various genres.

Its artist roster includes Divorce, ARXX, Ben Marc, Good Morning, HOMESHAKE, Yumi Zouma, Gruff Rhys, Σtella, SALES, Mudhoney, Sunny Day Real Estate, Screaming Trees and Wye Oak.

Sub Pop writers have contributed to hit songs from big artists in the music business including Tilted and Saint Claude (Christine And The Queens); Love Is Only A Feeling (Joey Bada$$); Kids Turned Out Fine (A$AP Rocky); Woven Song (Olafur Arnalds); and Drew Barrymore (SZA).

IMPEL will represent Sub Pop across more than 60 digital licenses covering over 140 territories.

Sub Pop Publishing Vice President Gareth Smith said: “This is a really exciting move for Sub Pop Publishing, and it’s nice to see that excitement reflected by Sarah and the IMPEL team. What we like about IMPEL is that it’s built for independent publishers. It has a proactive, global outlook, which reflects our own. Its thorough approach to every territory, regardless of size, is imperative.”

IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams said: “We are really proud that Sub Pop Publishing has chosen to trust its digital rights to IMPEL. Theirs is an iconic brand that is totally reflected in their  catalogue. Including their unique repertoire in our rich IMPEL mix will be great for us both. For me, Sub Pop and IMPEL are a natural match. Though different types of organisation, we are both trailblazers who have forged our own path. It’s all about commitment, innovation and ethos, and we chime very well on those markers.”

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, Budde UK, Phrased Differently 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.


IMPEL Collective Management Limited (‘IMPEL’) licenses and administers the digital rights of its publisher members’ Anglo-American repertoire for online activities on a multi-territory basis.