The Decca record label has quietly set up a music publishing wing under ex-Imagem and Boosey exec Natasha Baldwin.
Its first client is the multifarious Max Richter, author of the 8½ hour long SLEEP album, which has sold 100,000 copies.
Richter has also composed for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, Tom Hardy’s BBC drama Taboo and several ballet projects with Wayne McGregor.
He says: ‘I liked the idea of being the first signing to Decca Music Publishing, as we agreed to take a fresh outlook on how we approach music publishing together, at a time when the rules are changing as to how music can engage with the multidimensional creative landscape of today.’
Ink-wet signing pic: L-R: Universal UK CEO David Joseph, Natasha Baldwin, Max Richter, Universal Classical president Dickon Stainer, Steve Abbott © Dominic Nicholls