MDLBEAST Launches Music Publishing Arm in Saudi Arabia

MDLBEAST Publishing

MDLBEAST, a foremost music entertainment company based in Saudi Arabia, has recently introduced its new division, MDLBEAST Publishing, aimed at bolstering support for songwriters, producers, and artists throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Talal Albahiti, COO and Head of Music at MDLBEAST expressed enthusiasm about the new venture. "We are delighted to launch a pioneering and unique model in the music publishing sector in the Kingdom and across the MENA region," he said. Albahiti highlighted the recent expansions under MDLBEAST, including MDLBEAST FM Radio, the music brand partnerships team, and the recording studios at Beast House in Jax. These developments are designed to meet the broad commercial development needs of the creative community.

The new publishing arm is poised to address crucial challenges in music broadcasting and performance, particularly in safeguarding creators' intellectual and financial rights. Albahiti emphasized that by forging close alliances with local, regional, and global music rights organizations, MDLBEAST Publishing is committed to providing vital services that nurture growth, innovation, and production, thereby empowering creators in the process.

In partnership with Sentric, MDLBEAST Publishing will extend its reach globally, offering administrative services for registering authors' works on the global network to ensure full representation of authors' rights. This strategic collaboration will also facilitate global representation across all media, ensuring creators receive their rightful earnings through royalties from reproduction, printing, performance, and broadcasting rights.

Furthermore, this partnership will allow artists to register their live performances and gain appropriate compensation for international bookings and performances. The evolution of MDLBEAST Publishing is part of a broader initiative to explore new and innovative ways to develop the catalog commercially. Currently, the company manages over 300 Master rights and a similar number in publishing, representing a significant portion of its back catalog in both areas.

MDLBEAST's endeavors have already secured sync placements with renowned networks and partners such as Netflix, Spotify, and MBC. The company is dedicated to promoting its diverse catalog globally, showcasing genres like Arabic hip-hop, Arabic pop, and various sub-genres of electronic music, thereby fostering a sense of inclusivity and appreciation for the rich musical tapestry of the MENA region.

On the creative side, MDLBEAST continues to offer solutions to support and guide creators. In partnership with established industry names, its writing and production camps have already benefited 20 artists, including some of the kingdom's most prominent electronic music artists like Cosmicat and Dish Dash. Plans are underway to expand this program in 2024, with several camps scheduled to utilize the new studio complex within Beast House.

Individual coaching and workshop sessions will also be provided to enhance understanding of music publishing best practices and skills, such as encouraging writers to join Performance Rights Organizations (PROs).

MDLBEAST has also successfully supported numerous activities and events in the music sector, especially in genres like electronic dance music, Arabic hip-hop, and commercial pop. Owning a leading group of brands in the music entertainment sector, MDLBEAST is uniquely positioned to create an integrated platform for recordings and publishing, further redefining the music landscape in Saudi Arabia and the broader MENA region.


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