Downtown Music Publishing represents nearly 100 years of popular music from around the world. Originally founded in 2007, we are the preferred music publishing partner for some of the world’s most beloved songwriters, storied music catalogs, and emerging artists at the forefront of pop culture.
With a deep appreciation for the craft of songwriting and immense respect for those who practice it, our diverse client roster includes the likes of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, George Gershwin, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Jimmy Napes, Hans Zimmer, Tori Amos, John Prine, The Kinks, One Direction, Mötley Crüe, Shaggy, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Santigold, among others.
As a modern music publisher, we believe technology, new digital platforms, and new distribution channels should be embraced.
Through our direct relationships with digital streaming platforms like Spotify, Amazon, and Google, we’ve brought added efficiency and transparency to royalty payments — reducing client lag time to receive compensation. Downtown Music Publishing continues to be a leading voice for the rights of creators, both in our direct negotiations for distribution and licensing, and in our public advocacy with industry and regulatory bodies around the world.
We develop and nurture writers and producers that have created songs for a host of successful artists, including Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Rihanna, Zayn, Katy Perry, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, and Miley Cyrus. Our songwriters and composers have also crafted original works for a variety of film, television, advertising, and video game productions, and include multiple GRAMMY, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award recipients.
Downtown Music Publishing came of age alongside disruption across technology, media, and entertainment, resulting in rapidly changing consumer behaviors and business models.
We are owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Sydney to support our operations across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Our experience gives us perspective and patience, and an understanding that — in an era of unprecedented change for the music industry — staying committed to serving the long-term music publishing needs of creators can ultimately benefit the entire ecosystem.
Downtown Music Holdings owns, manages, and develops businesses that support a vision for a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem. We believe the universal language of music should be for all to share and that the music industry should work for everyone — from icons to novices and those somewhere in between. Our mission is to reimagine the way education, access, and ultimately money is distributed to creators around the world.
Our sister company, Songtrust, is the world's largest global royalty collection platform for songwriters and music publishers. Our technology enables seamless royalty collection from over 120 territories covering more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide. Today, more than 200,000 individual songwriters and 26,000 music publishers use the Songtrust platform to manage their song copyrights, music licensing and global royalty collections.
Downtown Music Studios is a professional multi-room recording facility located in Manhattan. The preferred studio of choice for award-winning performers and producers, Downtown Music Studios has played a part in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful sound recordings of the past decade. Opened in 2008, the studios were designed by Martin Pilchner and are overseen by chief engineer Zach Hancock. With a focus on audio production, the studio has established its own rich musical history with a reputation for technical innovation and world class customer service. Equipment highlights include Studio A’s 48 channel API discreet console, Studio B’s vintage Neve 8014 and top shelf outboard equipment from companies such as Chandler, Retro Instruments, Urei, and many more.