carthage artists

Carthage Music is a boutique music publishing company that was founded in 2003 by a small partnership comprising the producer and writer Joe Boyd and his long-time colleagues Guy Morris and Catherine Steinmann.

At Carthage we work with music we believe in and we build long-term relationships with our writers so that we can help them to develop their careers as songwriters and performers. We have the expertise and infrastructure to make sure that our songs are registered correctly worldwide, as well as excellent connections to the many networks that will be able to benefit our writers. We have had considerable sync success in recent years, having licensed music for Guinness and Lynx Axe commercials, among others.

Our catalogue includes the works of some of the world’s most revered artists, from the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso and Canadian alternative country/folk/blues rock band Cowboy Junkies, to Tony Allen, co-creator of Afrobeat and Fela Kuti’s drummer and Philip Koutev, pioneering Bulgarian folk/classical composer of the 20th Century. Carthage Music is also the UK sub-publisher for the German label/publishing company Piranha Musik, whose repertoire includes the works of Balkan brass maestros Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boban Markovic.

There isn’t a lot the three of us don’t understand about music publishing. Carthage collects mechanical and performance royalties directly from copyright societies in the UK, France and Germany.  For the rest of the world, Carthage works with a network of creative sub-publishers to obtain the strongest possible publishing network for our writers.

During his long career as a record producer Joe Boyd has worked with an impressive range of artists including Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Richard & Linda Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Toots and the Maytals, REM, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, 10,000 Maniacs and Billy Bragg. As head of music for Warner Brothers Films in the early 1970s he organized the scoring of Deliverance and Clockwork Orange and produced Jimi Hendrix, a feature length documentary. Later he was executive producer of the feature film Scandal. In the 80s Joe started Hannibal, which he ran for 20 years, and was part of the team that invented the term ‘World Music’. Artists included Toumani Diabate, Kanda Bongo Man, Marta Sebestyen and Cubanismo. Following the critical success of his first book, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s, published in 2006, Joe produced and curated tribute concerts to the songs of Nick Drake and Kate McGarrigle, star studded shows that travelled the world, New York, Toronto, Rome and Sydney Opera House. He is currently working on a new book about world music.

Guy Morris helped to run Charlie Gillett’s Oval Music publishing company in the 80s and then ran Hannibal and Ryko’s music publishing operations in the late 80s and 90s. Since then he has been General Manager of World Circuit Records and Managing Director  of Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music.Guy was elected to the board of the UK Music Publishers Association in 2010 and currently represents Carthage Music having been re-elected twice.

Catherine Steinmann was Hannibal’s label manager during the 90s and then label manager for World Music Network. As a concert producer, projects have included Rufus Wainwright’s five night residency at the Royal Opera House in 2011; co-producing the tribute concerts to the songs of Nick Drake and Kate McGarrigle; and promoting Afrodigital club night The Shrine at Cargo alongside DJs Max Reinhardt and Rita Ray, presenting Tinariwen, Tony Allen, Orishas, Natacha Atlas and many other artists.