Back in 2007, when we first started drawing up plans for Downtown, the music industry was in transition. With the landscape changing before us, our company developed from trying to solve two unique problems that had emerged:
First, the music publishing industry was in the midst of a wave of unprecedented consolidation, leaving thousands of songwriters underappreciated and underserviced. That once magical partnership found between a writer and publisher had become a relic of a different era. We wanted to change that.
Second, music publishing had yet to view the industry through the lens of technology. From copyright management and licensing to royalty collection and song plugging, the industry was largely ignoring new digital opportunities, holding on to a model and mindset that hadn’t evolved in decades.Learn More
Quite simply, our goal was to create a service-oriented business that allowed us to partner with great songwriters and at the same time collaborate with the broader media and technology industries.
We originally opened our doors in New York City, assembling a team of like-minded, passionate entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in music, media and tech.
Over the past seven years, we have established offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, and Amsterdam, maintaining one of the most favorable song-to-staff ratios in the industry.
The creative partnerships we develop with our songwriter clients is at the heart of our business. Beyond writing for popular recording artists, we also offer our clients the opportunity to craft original works for a variety of film, television, advertising, & video game productions. The success of our songwriters has led Billboard Magazine to repeatedly rank Downtown as one of the top ten music publishers in the United States.
Through Songtrust, our in-house technology division, we have developed proprietary applications that power the Downtown administration and creative platforms. We also provide publishing operations for businesses including CD Baby and The Orchard. In 2011, we launched the world’s first self-service royalty collection platform for emerging songwriters and artists, bringing the previously offline and undemocratic process of global royalty collection into the 21st century.
Today, the Downtown catalog includes over seventy years of popular song, film score and musical theatre. We proudly represent the works of such diverse and accomplished songwriters as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Undercover King of Pop" Ryan Tedder, The Kinks’ Ray Davies, Hans Zimmer, John Prine, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Seal, Carla Bruni, Santigold, Neon Trees and One Direction.
As the music industry continues through this unprecedented transition, we are committed to serving the long-term music publishing needs of world-class songs and songwriters.
Downtown Music Studios is a two studio recording facility, located in the heart of Manhattan’s historic Soho district. 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 hosted many of the music industry’s top recording artists, songwriters and producers, and has grown to posses a 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.
Songtrust, a leading provider of B2B rights management software, is the technology division of Downtown Music Publishing. The company’s engineering team has developed proprietary applications that power Downtown’s administration and creative platforms as well as the publishing operations for businesses including CD Baby and The Orchard. In addition, Songtrust has developed the world’s first self-service royalty collection solution for emerging songwriters and artists.