Bucks Music Group has launched Gloworks, a specialist publishing company dedicated to worship music.
The new operation will gather a roster of religious music writers alongside current client Martin Smith, a leading songwriter and artist in the Christian music genre.
Smith is the first songwriter to sign his ongoing publishing catalogue to the company. He is best known as the frontman of Delirious?, one of the world’s leading Christian rock bands, which crossed over into the mainstream Top 40 for two albums.
The band also earned airplay from BBC Radio 1 and toured major venues including Wembley Stadium and the O2 Arena.
Smith said: ‘I’m really happy to be partnering with Bucks for the launch of Gloworks. There are some very talented songwriters in the Christian music scene and our hope is that together we can support those writers and their songs. With the focus and community of Gloworks plugged into Bucks, we’ll be able to develop this music and perhaps see it reach a new audience.’
Simon Platz, managing director of Bucks Music Group, added: ‘Worship music is an incredibly vibrant market that doesn’t often get the recognition it deserves. Regardless of the subject matter, there’s a vast number of artists working in the genre who are simply excellent songwriters. We want to offer them the fair, flexible, commercial publishing deals that artists these days have come to expect.
‘With Martin’s expertise and our resources, we can boost their careers within the worship genre, but we also want to help them explore opportunities across the wider music business.
‘Bucks has decades of experience across all genres and, whether it’s through our sync services or creative A&R, song placement and co-writing opportunities, we feel we can help many of them crossover and flourish in the mainstream market as well – just as Martin has done.’