Classical, media and print music experts Faber Music have acquired the specialist publisher in a deal that includes both the Manners McDade composer agency and publishing companies.
Founded by Catherine Manners in 2001, Manners McDade has grown to be one of the UK's most respected composer agencies, representing media composers and artists working in film, television, advertising and games, including Oli Julian (Sex Education, Catastrophe) Jessica Jones (Tinder Swindler), Vince Pope (You & Me, Misfits), Tim Phillips (Bad Sisters), Matthew Herbert (The Responder, Noughts & Crosses), Lindsay Wright & Tawiah (Without Sin) and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, who scored the Oscar-nominated film Living starring Bill Nighy. Manners McDade’s composers will join Faber Music’s existing roster of agency clients, including Marc Canham, Paul Haslinger, David Mitcham, Marc Sylvan and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and its film/TV publishing composers who include Carl Davis, Paul Englishby, Dan Jones, Howard Goodall, Sarah Warne and Stephen Warbeck.
Manners McDade’s publishing catalogues of instrumental & and electronic artists, including Nils Frahm, Max Cooper, Poppy Ackroyd, Aisha Devi, Büsra Kayikçi and Balmorhea, have achieved considerable success in the sync area and the company also holds the rights to many of the film and TV scores from the agency side of the business.
A new international creative hub will be formed at Faber Music under Commercial Rights & Business Affairs Director Richard Paine. Manners McDade’s Harriet Moss, who brings her entire creative team with her, will head the Manners McDade brand, which will be preserved alongside Faber Music’s own brand and Faber Alt.
Richard Paine comments: ‘In Manners McDade Catherine Manners has created a composer-centred business that has legions of admirers here and overseas. Perfect synergies exist between the company and our own composer agency and commercial rights business, including shared beliefs in the values of creativity, integrity and fierce independence. We look forward to building on Catherine’s amazing legacy.’
Catherine Manners says ‘phew'.
Richard King (CEO of Faber Music) says ‘brilliant’.