Bucks launches BASCA funding initiative


Songwriters and composers will be better protected under the new deal. Photo: Sunawang/Pixabay

The deal means Bucks Music Group will pay for all new signings to join the British music creators trade association

Independent music publisher Bucks Music Group has become the first company to enter into a new agreement that will see it pay for all of its new signings to join, music creators trade association, The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). The partnership aims to provide songwriters and composers signing to Bucks Music Group with more robust protection and support, especially in the early stages of their careers. The deal is the first of its kind, in what could be the start of a wider trend.

“This is what the successful future of music looks like: it’s creators and publishers, side-by-side, championing and reinforcing an empowered creator voice,” said BASCA Chair Crispin Hunt. “This commitment makes total sense; Bucks’ incredible catalogue overlaps with our incredible membership across music’s history, and now it will do so across its future.”

Bucks Music Group’s Managing Director Simon Platz said: “Bucks is a firm believer in the good work that BASCA does and the platform it provides to songwriters and composers at all levels, across all genres and disciplines… Every emerging and established music creator should join BASCA to strengthen our voice, broaden our community and be a part of the diversity of UK music we celebrate.”

BASCA supports music writers in all genres from songwriting, the media and contemporary classical and jazz. Its members include Kate Bush, Imogen Heap, Dizzee Rascal, Sir Paul McCartney and Chris Martin, but the association also represents emerging talents and students. Bucks Music Group was founded in 1967 making it one of the UK’s longest running independent publishers. The company’s roster features Pete Doherty, Anouck B and Sleaford Mods.

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