Musicians First

Our company’s mission has never wavered since we began. We strive to be true partners with our songwriters and composers, and we support their music with passionate energy.

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle at a large publisher. And if a publisher won’t find time to listen to you, how much time will they find to support your music? Musicians will always come first at Modern Works Music Publishing.

Making a difference

  • Bootsy Collins

    As a funk progenitor and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Parliament-Funkadelic), there’s not much that Bootsy Collins hasn’t accomplished during his storied 40-year career, but Modern Works has introduced him to brand new opportunities as a voice-over artist. We figure that if our artists think outside the box, then we need to do the same, and encourage them in ways not typically associated with music publishing.

Vision & Worldwide Reach

We're a boutique, where we know every one of our artists personally, and we have hand picked our relationships with these partners and sub-publishers around the world to best support your interests.

Our Partners


Modern Works is honored to administer the music publishing assets for some of the country's most creative independent companies.


Light In The Attic

Every Light In The Attic release contains a great story and great music. LITA has reinvigorated the catalogs of soul songstress Betty Davis and country singer/songwriter Lee Hazelwood. The label recently triumphed with the artist Rodriguez, whose re-released album on LITA sparked music’s hottest documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.”

United For Opportunity

One of the first of the new wave of 21st century record companies, UFO allows its artists to choose from its menu of label services, such as distribution, promotion, and booking. UFO has released albums by Black 47 as well as Grammy Award winners Paula Cole and Ani DiFranco.

ArtistShare Music Publishing LLC

ArtistShare was the first record company to pioneer the process known as "fan funding" which brings fans together with the artists to create new works. They were the first record label to ever win a Grammy for a digital-only release. ArtistShare has released Grammy Award winning albums by Billy Childs and Maria Schneider.

Goodnight Records

Goodnight Records is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based record label with a taste for indie rock! Down to earth and absent of frills, the label’s fresh sense of humor and quirky style reflect a kind of youthful energy emblematic of their roster. Recent signings include, kntrlr, Friend Roulette, Fan-Tan, Heaven and Sun Club.

Superior Music Publishing

Superior Music Publishing was founded by music publishing veteran, Mara Schwartz Kuge. A fixture in the Los Angeles film & TV licensing scene, Mara has worked with nearly every studio and production house over the course of the last decade.

Strange Cargo

A music publishing company owned by multi-Grammy-award-winning superproducer Larry Klein.

Fanatic Records

Fanatic Records was started in 2009 to take unknown bands that transcend the indie rock genre and cross them over to the mainstream and build a bigger audience.

Second Floor Music

This collection of revered jazz classics was assembled and curated by Don and Maureen Sickler. This unique catalog includes the works of such jazz masters as: Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon.


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