Wiebke Busch announced as new Managing Director, UK Rights Companies at Wise Music Group

Wiebke Busch announced as new Managing Director, UK Rights Companies at Wise Music Group

Wise Music Group (formerly The Music Sales Group), one of the world’s leading independent music publishing companies, has announced that Wiebke Busch will be appointed as Managing Director, UK Rights Companies, effective 1st October 2020. The UK rights companies publish in a wide range of genres, from historic and contemporary classical music and media music through to popular songs spanning evergreen, jazz, reggae, blues, pop and rock.

Busch has been with the group since 1997, first working in the Promotion team in London before transferring to Berlin. As Director of Wise Music Classical Berlin and joint Group Head of Promotion she is a key and influential figure in the Promotion and Rights teams globally. Busch will succeed James Rushton, who retires from the business at the end of 2020, following a career with the group spanning over forty years.

Speaking about the appointment Wiebke Busch comments: 
 ‘I am thrilled and honoured to take on the role for Wise Music Group of Managing Director, UK Rights. It will be exciting to continue working for truly unique composers and writers and with an inspiring team. I am confident that we will creatively grow the potential of Wise Music Group’s rights.’

David Holley, Group Managing Director, Wise Music Group comments: 
‘We are delighted to appoint Wiebke to this important role within Wise Music Group. Wiebke already has extensive knowledge of our business, both in the UK and round the world, and enjoys strong relationships with our writers. She has big shoes to fill as James retires but I’m confident that Wiebke will lead the UK team with great creativity, attention to detail and drive to optimise the success of our writers and of the UK business.’

James Rushton, Group Head of Classical Publishing, says:
‘I have worked closely with Wiebke for many years and offer my many congratulations to her on her appointment to this key position within Wise Music Group. It is perhaps not very generous of me to be handing over the baton at this time of difficulties caused by COVID-19 to the live music industry, but if anyone can face up to and address the challenges of today – and make the most of the opportunities – it is Wiebke.’

About Wise Music
Wise Music Group maintains a global network of standalone offices including London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and Berlin.  

The group’s publishing houses and imprints include some of the most famous names in the history of music including Associated Music Publishers, Bosworth Music GmbH, Campbell Connelly, Le Chant du Monde, Chester Music, G. Schirmer, Éditions Alphonse Leduc, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Novello & Co, Première Music Group and Unión Musical Ediciones.

Wise Music Group owns or controls nearly half a million copyrights – including the world’s largest independent holding of historic and contemporary classical music – as well as a huge range of popular songs spanning evergreen, jazz, reggae, blues, pop and rock. 

The group also represents nearly 100 of today’s most successful living composers and songwriters working in classical music, opera, ballet, pop, film, television and advertising. Represented composers include Hans Abrahamsen, Ólafur Arnalds, Samuel Barber, Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka), John Corigliano, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Aram Khachaturian, Missy Mazzoli, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Prokofiev, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jean Sibelius, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Joby Talbot, Tan Dun, John Tavener and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.