Regard Music joins independent licensing agency IMPEL

US-based music publishing administrator Regard Music has joined IMPEL for pan-European licensing of its featured works.

Regard Music is a publishing services company founded by Sean O’Malley.

O’Malley, an executive with more than 20 years of experience in music publishing and operations, including licensing, royalty collection and distribution, data processing and systems development, is a former director of the operation of Global Music Rights.

Prior to that, he worked at ASCAP for eight years and oversaw a multi-coast team to resolve collection issues on behalf of its members.

Regard’s client list includes songwriters and composers, including Robin Thicke, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett, New Orleans pianists James Booker and singer-songwriter Professor Longhair. Kat Edmonson, South London singer and producer Kay Young and online meditation company Headspace.

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 and Mute Song.

IMPEL membership represents a collection of recorded works by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris and Elvis Presley.

In 2021, new members of IMPEL included Los Angeles-based Levantine Music, Portuguese music publisher Lusitanian Music Publishing and royalty-free music and content platform Artlist, which made headlines in 2020 when the financing giant KKR invested $48 million in it.

“IMPEL is the ideal solution for Regard and its clients.”

Sean O’Malley, Regard Musique

Sean O’Malley, CEO of Regard Music, said: “IMPEL is the ideal solution for Regard and its customers because of their expertise and independence in the European market.

“By working together, we can achieve our collective goals of clearer reporting and better returns for our writer and editor clients without the constraints of politics and the day-to-day inertia that plagues the industry as a whole.”

“There is a synergy in our respective philosophies that demonstrates a willingness to break the mold and innovate.”

Sarah Williams, IMPEL

Sarah Williams, CEO of IMPEL, added: “I believe Sean’s decision to partner with IMPEL at this stage in Regard’s evolution is an important step for both organisations.

“There is a synergy in our respective philosophies that demonstrates a willingness to break the mold and innovate.

“We also have a lot to offer in terms of knowledge and expertise and I believe that together we can push the boundaries of independent music publishing. It’s an exciting time.The music industry around the world

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