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South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2017 nominees have been announced, with projects scored by Tandis Jenhudson and George Fenton featured in the shortlist. John Akomfrah's video installation Vertigo Sea, with original music from Jenhudson, is nominated under the Visual Art category, whilst I, Daniel Blake (directed by Ken Loach and scored by Fenton) is up for the Film award. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Sunday 9th July, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday 12th July. See full nominees here

Planetarium Album Release

On June 9th 4AD will release Planetarium, the collaborative album from Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and James McAllister. Inspired by the solar system, the project is borne of the group's 2013 live alliance of the same title. In addition to songs inspired by the planets from our solar system, the release includes compositions about black holes, Halley's Comet, the Kuiper belt, the Moon and the Sun. Watch the video for 'Saturn' here

CAM Masters Now Represented By Music Sales

As part of our on-going relationship with Sugar Music, Music Sales now represents the masters of the CAM catalogue, home to Grammy and Academy Awards winners such as Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Nino Rota and Luis Bacalov. The catalogue specialises in film music and counts La Dolce Vita (pictured), Amarcord, Il Postino and 8½ amongst the scores represented. Listen here

Konni Kass Signs To Music Sales

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Konni Kass has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Music Sales to represent her on a worldwide basis. Hailing from the Faroe Islands, Konni's debut album Haphe was released last year to critical acclaim. She is currently on tour with Eivør. Listen here

Anna Thorvaldsdottir Signs To Music Sales

The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir has signed a long-term agreement with Chester Music, part of The Music Sales Group of Companies, to publish her music beginning July 2017. Thorvaldsdottir's work is notable for its command of large-scale musical structures which seem to unfold organically while never losing focus on their ultimate destination. This can be heard in orchestral pieces such as Dreaming, for which she won the 2008 Nordic Council Music Prize, and AERIALITY, which has received over 20 performances since its premiere in 2011. Ensemble works, including the 40-minute cycle In the Light of Air, allow the listener to dwell on the ingenuity of the composer's instrumental writing, while the recent choral piece Ad Genua demonstrates her naturally expressive vocal music. Her largest scale work to date is UR_, a chamber opera with a cast of four characters which deals with the human struggle to return to a natural state of being. Thorvaldsdottir was the recipient of the New York Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer Award in 2015. It includes an orchestral commission for premiere in spring 2018.

Dusk UK Premier At East End Film Festival

Dusk, the new short film scored by Justine Barker, will be making it's UK premiere at the East End Film Festival on June 17th. Directed by Jake Graf, the film is set in 1950s England and focuses on the story of Chris Winters, who struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

Anne Nikitin Scores New Damien Hirst Exhibition

Anne Nikitin has created a new soundtrack for Damien Hirst's latest exhibition Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable. The project was a decade in the making, featuring a selection of unique and valuable items lost in a legendary shipwreck 2,000 years ago and now raised from the Indian Ocean at Hirst’s personal expense. Currently on show in Venice, the exhibition will be the basis of a feature film set for release later this year, also featuring new music from Anne. Anne, having recently contributed to the BBC and Raw TV documentary The Drug Trial, will also be scoring the upcoming Bart Layton film, American Animals. Starring Evan Peters and Blake Jenner, it will focus on the true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history.

BBC Proms 2017

The BBC Proms line-up was announced yesterday, launched with a promo set to John Adams' 'Harmonium', which will be performed on the opening night in celebration of Adams' 70th birthday. Other Music Sales highlights in the programme include the premiere of Michael Gordon's Big Space and the first complete live performance of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s 1990 studio album Passages, as well as selections from Judith Weir, Samuel Barber, Julia Wolfe and Jean Sibelius.

Music Sales At Tribeca And Cannes

Tribeca Film Festival is currently in full swing and features an array of projects with music by Music Sales composers. Feature documentaries AlphaGo, scored by Volker Bertelmann, and The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, music from Bryce Dessner, will have their international premieres at the festival, and Tom Of Finland, with original music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, will make its North American debut. The feature film version of Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden's mockumentary The Trip To Spain will be showing and includes a number of compositions by Michael Nyman. Cannes Film Festival, coming in May, will also see a number of screenings featuring original music from our roster in addition to some sync placements of our pre-existing catalogue. Hungarian drama Jupiter's Moon, directed by Kornél Mundruczó and scored by Jed Kurzel, will be premiering, as will the eagerly anticipated How To Talk To Girls At Parties, based on the Neil Gaiman short story and directed by John Cameron Mitchell with music by Nico Muhly. Additionally, there will be a special screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, the thought-provoking climate change documentary which incorporates original music from Jeff Beal. Music Sales repertoire has been placed in Arnaud Desplechin's Les Fantômes d’Ismaël and François Ozon's Amant Double. Internationally renowned composer Gabriel Yared from the Music Sales roster has now been confirmed as part of the jury at Cannes.

Steve Gibbs Re-Releases Adrift

On April 28th, Steve Gibbs will re-release his debut album Adrift, featuring two songs published by Music Sales via Aim Low / Injazero Records. A British modern classical / ambient musician and media composer, Steve Gibbs' music has been described as 'cinematic' and 'ethereal' combing influences from classical, ambient, post-rock and electronic music.

Music Sales Acquires Bleu Blanc Rouge Catalogue

Music Sales have acquired the Bleu Blanc Rouge catalogue from legendary Belgian record producer and songwriter Jean Kluger. Established by Huguette and Jean Kluger in Paris in 1967, Bleu Blanc Rouge includes a string of timeless hits written by Jean Kluger in partnership with Daniel Vangarde, including 'D.I.S.C.O.', 'Cuba', 'Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)', 'Hands Up' amongst many others. The company also publishes film music by Bolling including the theme for Borsalino and the soundtrack of Le Mur de l’Atlantique.

Melissa Parmenter To Release New EP

Producer, pianist and composer Melissa Parmenter will be releasing her debut EP, Scandinavia, on the 24thMarch via Decca Records. This original suite of five compositions features works for both solo piano and piano with cello and features the track Platform which was originally written for the feature film A Mighty Heart. Melissa has previously scored several films including Genova and The Killer Inside Me and is currently working on music for the Instagram film SHIELD 5. Listen here

Justine Barker Signs To Music Sales

Music Sales are delighted to announce the signing of Justine Barker to our roster of composers. Justine is best known for her work on critically acclaimed drama series Suspects. A multi-instrumentalist with a diverse yet distinctive style, her music has been broadcast on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and she has balanced TV credits with a varied and fruitful film career, scoring over 40 shorts in six years, including work for award-winning directors Rebecca Johnson, Sam Callis and Jake Graf. Other TV projects include writing music for Holby City, Casualty and Sirens, as well as devising musical identities for new productions in development. Justine was the winner of Best Composer at Underwire Film Festival 2016, as selected by the Musicians Union and was chosen for WFTV’s mentoring programme and BAFTA Crew 2016. Justine also writes and produces lyrical songs and instrumental tracks for music production libraries and produced 50 tracks to order for 5 seasons of BBC1's Outnumbered.

Mark Mehigan Joins Aim Low Roster

Aim Low has signed Mark Mehigan to their roster, as administered by Music Sales. Mark is a songwriter, producer and artist who has collaborated with acclaimed music industry producers / writers Bert Elliot, Jakwob, Steve Booker and Jim Elliot. His work with former Westlife singer Markus Feehily resulted in three co-writes on Feehily’s debut solo album, Fire. Mark produces his own disco/house music under the alias FRNKLYN and his song 'I Need A Man' was selected for Jackmaster's highly regarded Mastermix.

Sharon Van Etten Covers End Of The World

The soundtrack of the hit Amazon Series The Man In The High Castle will be released on April 7th, featuring Sharon Van Etten’s cover of Music Sales copyright ‘The End Of The World’. The soundtrack, entitled Resistance Radio, was curated by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen. Listen Here

Tarik O'Regan Releases New Album

British composer Tarik O’Regan has released his latest album, A Celestial Map of the Sky. The LP features a selection of the composer’s recent work, including a reworking of themes from his popular chamber opera Heart of Darkness, and pieces inspired by North African traditional music. The collection is performed with the Hallé Orchestra and has received a 4 star review from The Guardian. Listen here

Heinali Releases Anthem

Ukranian musician and composer Oleg Shpudeiko, alias Heinali, has released his latest LP Anthem. Published as part of our Aim Low catalogue, the album has received great reviews from Uncut, thump, Aesthetica and DJ. Listen here

Dustin O'Halloran Collaborates With Benoit Pioulard

Dustin O'Halloran has collaborated with Benoit Pioulard as part of the THESIS project, which brings together two musicians who have never worked together before to create a 10” record together. Both jacket and sleeve are designed, laser cut, laser etched, drawn and painted by Gregory Euclide. You can find our more about the project here. Listen here

Lion Score Receives Academy Award Nomination

Dustin O'Halloran and Volker Bertelmann's score for Lion has been nominated for Best Score at the 89th Academy Awards. The soundtrack and film have been receiving critical acclaim since their international release at the end of 2016; this success has been cemented by selections across multiple award categories at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, ahead of the Oscars' shortlist announcement earlier this week See all the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards here

Philip Glass 80th Birthday Celebrations

This month sees the iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass celebrate his 80th birthday. The landmark is being honoured by a number of concerts and events in London, including the Royal Ballet performing Les Enfant Terribles; a BBC Symphony Total Immersion Day; and a live orchestral screening of Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors. In celebration, we’ve compiled our own top picks from Glass’s immense and incredible catalogue. Listen here

God's Own Country premieres at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Francis Lee's debut feature film God's Own Country, which features music by musical duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen, has premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film has received glowing reviews already from The Guardian, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter with many more sure to come.

Assassin's Creed Hits No. 1 Spot

Action-adventure feature Assassin's Creed has debuted at the top of the UK box office. The music for the film was composed by Jed Kurzel, with music supervision provided by Music Sales' Lucy Bright. The video game adaptation has so far generated over £5m since its theatrical release on January 1st.

Find Us On Spotify

You can now find Music Sales on Spotify as musicsalescreativeuk, where we'll be showcasing the best in our catalogue, including themed playlists, composer compilations and new releases. Follow us

The Halcyon On ITV

New wartime drama The Halcyon debuted this week on ITV, with rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Music Sales' classic 'If I Had You' featured in the opening episode and there will be a few more gems from our catalogue appearing in future episodes.

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