Wardlaw Music joins IMPEL

The boutique publisher founded by Sarm veterans Stan Banks and Julian Lyons in 2004

London, 16th December 2021 UK-based independent publisher Wardlaw Music has joined IMPEL.

Launched in 2004, Wardlaw Music is an established boutique music publisher, representing an eclectic roster of songwriters, artists and their musical works. The team is led by founders Stanley Banks and Julian Lyons, who have over 35 years’ music industry experience between them.

Banks and Lyons met at Sarm/ZTT where Banks was assistant manager of publishing division Perfect Songs from 1995 through to 2004, latterly as a consultant, having become invaluable due to his catalogue expertise.

Lyons is a chartered accountant with a background in book and magazine publishing. At Sarm, he was employed as Financial Director of the group of companies, including the ZTT and Stiff record labels as well as Sarm Studios.

Songwriters represented by Wardlaw include Richard O’Brien (for his Rocky Horror works), Maxi Priest, Sharon Shannon, Sally Oldfield, film composer Henry Jackman (and his Sacred Tiger Music Publishing), The Blackheart Orchestra, Louise Connell, Susheela Raman, Jon Allen, Smudge AllStars (Richie Stevens), and Daytime TV.

The company has also recently signed exclusive songwriting agreements with Martin Price, Simon Shackleton and Byron Byrd, as well as representing Byrd’s publishing company IBM via an administration agreement.

Banks said: “It became very apparent that Wardlaw Music should join our fellow independents as members of IMPEL. Logistically speaking, it was a no brainier. Our combined rights and collective voices mean we are all heard and represented when digital rights are discussed and negotiated with parties that would seek to exploit such rights.”

IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams said: “IMPEL and Wardlaw are a perfect fit. Stan and Julian have been working hard to develop their business over a number of years. They need to feel confident that they will have the maximum possible input and control over their digital business, allowing them to continue and extend the personal service that a boutique publishing business requires. IMPEL will be there at their side to support that success and we very much look forward to working together.”

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.


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.