Administration-Partner for world-wide publishing
What makes Piranha a successful publisher?
- Know-how, gained from over 20 years of publishing experience
- Meticulous data maintence
- Synergy between our label and publishing activities
- In-depth knowledge of and passion for our music catalogue
- Individual service to fit individual client needs
- Strong partnerships throughout the world
- Pro-active lobbying and networking
Which services does Piranha offer?
- Administration worldwide
- Information about all aspects of world wide publishing
- Efficient hand-over of royalties
- Access to a network of sub publishers in 25 countries
- Rights deals for television, film, sampling and remixes
Marketing (with MusicScout,
our user-friendly catalogue database, promotional CDs plus other publicity activities)
- Legal advice (expert guidance through the global rights jungle)
- A "one-stop-shop" for all publishing needs
Piranha, the publisher
Publishing has been a central pillar of our work since the very beginning and
was never simply a side activity to our label. Piranha is an official, full
member ("ordentliches Mitglied") of
collective), an exclusive level of membership accessable only
after years of profitable business experience (for reference - as of
31 December 2007 there were 53,310 "normal" members and only
3,026 "full" members). We've also been a member of the the
"Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband e.V." for many years,
an association representing the interests of music publishers throughout the
Germany which represents over 500 music publishers.
From the very start, Piranha aimed to give artists a portion of the usage
rights for their compositions. Christoph Borkowsky Akbar founded the Piranha
label in 1987 together with a publishing department, displaying foresight
unusual for the time. For artists from the USA, Africa and the Balkans, this
represented a chance to benefit from profits gained through concerts, radio
and televsion play. For Piranha, it offered strength for rights negotiations.
In the ensuing 20 years, Piranha Musik & Publishing has developed an efficient
structure with worldwide reach, with sub publishers in 25 countries, precise,
expert administration and well-maintained data. Since 2007 we also offer our
services to foreign publishers in the role of sub publisher. For example,
London-based World Music Network/Riverboat uses us exclusively for their
titles in all German-speaking countries.
Daily Business - How do we work?
The chief foundation of our successful, worldwide work as a small team is the
thorough documentation of all titles and the data associated with each (i.e.
Metadata, contractual details, etc.)
Copyright and Publishing Administration:
This is the point of intersection between contractual partners (musicians,
composers, lyricists, sub publishers) Piranha and GEMA. Agreements made in the
Legal Business Affairs department are set down in a contract. In order for a
composer to reap profits from the use of his or her music, each individual
title must be registered with GEMA as well as internationally. To achieve
this, we maintain close contact to international sub publishers and our
worldwide network. This guarantees worldwide supervision and control.
We also look after the works of foreign publishers in our role as sub
publisher - we register them and check and transfer royalties that GEMA
collects. These royalty accounts are regularly, systematically balanced with
the original foreign publisher each half-year. Semi-annual royalty invoices
are also issued for authors/composers. All international publishing and
licensing partners are regularly provided with new releases and, upon request,
any additional CDs.
Thanks to our international reputation, we receive many enquiries (for example,
for so-called "sync" licenses) from potential customers around the
globe. But this doesn't keep us from actively offering our music to targeted
markets. For more information, see