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SA’s largest Independent Music Publisher turns 21

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017

Sheer Publishing was founded in 1996. With the country and music industry in a state of unprecedented change, they laid the foundations for what has become the largest independent music publisher in South Africa today, ranking among the top five SA publishing companies by market share.

 

Exploiting a gap in the local jazz scene, Sheer’s goal was to share South African music with the world, while supporting the musicians at home. After 21 dynamic years Sheer Publishing has become a globally active publisher dedicated to the advancement of music enterprise, while remaining true to its roots and putting its authors and composers at the heart of the company’s publishing activities.

 

Sheer Publishing is a full-service music publisher, providing expertise in African music copyright ownership, international copyright management, film and television music, clearance and supervision, jingle and songwriter representation and library production music management.

 

Sheer Publishing currently manages a catalogue of over 150 000 copyrights, ranging from songs by iconic songwriters such as Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, the Grammy award-winning Miriam Makeba, Chimurenga music pioneer Thomas Mapfumo, Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol who has won both the MTV Africa and Europe Awards, rock band The Parlotones, South Africa’s hip-hop ace Cassper Nyovest and the great Busi Mhlongo to mention a few.

 

In 2011 Sheer Publishing bought Skumba Music, a local music library catalogue with about 1500 tracks and has built it into an entity that, today, houses more than 300 000 pieces of high quality music, most of them instrumental. It is the largest, diverse African music library available under a blanket license and has seen music placements in films such as District 9TsotsiSearching for SugarmanMiners Shot Down and television shows such as Private PracticeJacob’s Cross, and Isibaya, as well as in a multitude of South African commercials.

 

Sheer Publishing represents many African-based composers seeking licensing for music used on television, film, commercials and radio. Sheer Publishing also represents various international music publishers such as Kobalt Music, Downtown Music, Songs Music Publishing, Mushroom Music, Mute Song, Freibank Music and Saragema Music of India.

 

Sheer Publishing continues to transport Africa’s musical treasures to the rest of the world, while building market share on the continent, specifically focusing on Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, all of which have developed very sophisticated media industries over the last two decades.

 

Sheer Publishing’s General Manager Karabo Motijoane says: “Sheer Publishing is about innovating, exploring new markets, territories and networking on platforms that can scale and offer clients opportunities. Our brand is steeped in excellence, thanks largely to our stakeholders who are a resource in our value proposition and thus perfecting a publishing solution becomes a treasured partnership in these diverse music economies.”

“Music and business is our passion. We are happy to have reached such a milestone as a company and look forward to doing more in the future” added Motijoane.

Sheer Publishing has a full-time staff of 15 in Johannesburg and part-time agents in Accra, Yaoundé and Nairobi.

 

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