The Notting Hill Music Group Limited is a truly international music publishing operation, based in London, Los Angeles & Nashville, with first-class representation in every corner of the globe. Founded in 1990 as the international repertoire division of the Japanese Nippon Television Music Corporation, it became Notting Hill Music following a successful management buyout in 1993 and has rapidly become one of the world’s leading independent music publishers.
The Notting Hill Music Group Limited can offer a complete range of publishing, sub-publishing, international administration and territorial publishing representation arrangements. In addition to our own extensive catalogue, the company also administers a growing number of third party music publishing companies and we are able to structure tailor-made publishing arrangements for the most demanding of clients.
Andy McQueen – Chairman & CEO:
Andy McQueen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. At the age of 15 he opened a small record store in the city centre selling 7” singles, reflecting his passion for three-minute pop songs. Andy later moved into artist management and record production, relocating to London in 1983 to manage punk legends, The Damned. He then joined NTV Music (UK) as Deputy Managing Director in November 1990 leading a management buy-out in 1993 and is now Chairman of the renamed company, The Notting Hill Music Group Ltd. In August 2014 Andy crossed the pond and is based in L.A whilst splitting his efforts between both the London & Los Angeles offices and the company’s recent offshoot in Nashville. The company is now the publisher of over 300 UK Top 40 hits including many of the singles that used to be available from the tiny record shop in Edinburgh as well as huge international hits from the likes of Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Kygo and Britney Spears. He is uniquely proud to still be working with The Damned via Notting Hill’s publishing agreement with the band’s main songwriter, Captain Sensible and is eagerly awaiting their new album on Universal set for release this year.
Dave Loader – Managing Director:
Dave Loader joined Richard Branson’s fledgling Virgin Records in 1973 and became General Manager of Caroline Exports – a division developed out of Virgin foreign mail-order, which focused on export wholesale and servicing Virgin licensees abroad. From 1981 he worked for a number of independent record labels and publishers and in 1988 worked for two years at Marcus Recording Studios. In 1990 Dave became General Manager and Licensee of the Brixton Academy. Since 1993 Dave has been Managing Director / co-owner of Notting Hill Music Group after a management buyout from Japanese media company, Nippon Television.
Sebek Sanyika – President:
Sebek Sanyika is President of Notting Hill Music, Inc. (USA), celebrating 15 years of dedicated service and over 21 years in the Music Industry. A Native of Los Angeles, California. Admired for her steady leadership, expertise and unyielding drive toward excellence. Sebek is a champion for our clients leading the charge to ensure the rights of each writer are protected, earnings accounted and new opportunities achieved in the ever evolving and dynamic business of music.
Liz Davey-Palkova – Royalty Manager:
Coming from a classical music background then education in various aspects of the industry, Liz worked in royalty roles, joining NHM in its early years. Liz’s role is to deal with all things royalty related – although very much a team effort, Liz is the first point of contact for writers’ royalty queries, also heading up royalty processing and client accounting.
John Saunderson – Professional Manager:
John Saunderson is the day to day contact for all writers within the company. John is responsible for pitching songs worldwide to major and independent labels on behalf of the constantly increasing number of talented writers on our roster. John also specialises in the organising of Notting Hill Music’s highly successful songwriting camps both in the UK and abroad. He is also responsible for the world renowned networking events that bring together the biggest gathering of songwriters, producers, artists, managers & agents in the UK on the last Thursday of every month at Tileyard Studios.
Alistair Palin – Copyright Manager:
A magnetism for all things music led Ali into an internship at Transmission Recordings where he was introduced to the business of the record label. Ali was promoted to become the label’s digital product manager, additionally co-running the label’s campaigns, being heavily involved in the day to day running of Transmission Recordings alongside the label manager. In addition Ali worked on various projects with Notting Hill Music’s creative team. After enjoying being more involved in the publishing side of the business, Ali joined Notting Hill Music full time as a publishing assistant during the summer of 2014.
Ali is currently Notting Hill Music’s copyright manager where his core responsibilities include liaising with the A&R team, songwriters, managers, sub-publishers and joint venture partners to ensure that copyright information for new works is accurately delivered. Managing copyright queries, duplicate claims and disputes from sub publishers, and the preparation of monthly catalogue updates for distribution to our administration & sub-publisher network for registration with PROs. Ali’s additional roles include managing the company’s websites & social media, and various creative graphic design tasks. Constantly on the search for music new and old, Ali is active within our A&R department.
Sassy Warren-Thomas – A&R & Sync:
Sassy comes from a background in performing and recorded music – some of which have been used in sync placements in both the UK & US. Sassy started at Notting Hill Music in 2016 after previously working in artist development and managing the bookings at north London’s Charthouse Studios. Additional roles at the studios included vocal coaching, social media setup & training, and organising artist photoshoots & released product artwork design. At Notting Hill Music Sassy works across the sync and A&R departments as well as running our studio and organising the busy bookings diary.
Michael Garbutt – Director of Public Relations:
Michael Garbutt commenced a 35 year career in retail in 1983 and then moved into sales and marketing at Polydor Records in the mid 80’s working with such artists as Freddie Mercury, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cure. Michael moved to Virgin in 1990 and for a decade looked after media for everyone from Phil Collins/Genesis, Lenny Kravitz and Madness to Massive Attack, Dr Dre and Daft Punk. There were award winning campaigns for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell 2 – Back Into Hell and the phenomenon that was the Spice Girls. In 1999 Garbutt joined Alan Edwards at the Outside Organisation to work on David Bowie, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and George Michael among others, as well as the Beckham brand which emerged out of his relationship with Victoria following the break-up of the group. In 2003 Garbutt was awarded the UK Radio Academy PR gong and he formed Lucid Communications with Charlie Lycett. Throughout this period he also looked after PR for The Brits, The Mobos and The Mercury Music Prize. In 2006 he stepped out of the PR cycle to manage the legendary Robin Gibb until his premature passing in 2012.
Over these years he has continued to work for organizations such as The Princes Trust, The Princess Diana Award, UNICEF, Comic Relief and many others and will continue to do so as he has embarked on his latest roll at the Notting Hill Music Group where he is excited by the unlimited challenges and opportunities posed by the new label and management company within established and hugely successful publishing company.
Matt Dunne – NHMM Label Manager:
With an interest in all things music, Matt comes from an eclectic background of social media, marketing, booking, music festival production, and artist management. He joined Notting Hill Music’s Los Angeles office as an assistant in 2016 and since then has held positions in synch, and most recently, as Label Manager of NHMM, LLC.
Aaron Bock – NHMM Social Media Manager:
Aaron was born and raised into a musical family, with a father and an aunt in the music industry, and years spent personally playing keyboards and trumpet in numerous bands and orchestras. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in Communication, and months spent training with an internationally recognised social media engineer, Aaron was eager to apply his knowledge and personal experience to the world of music and artist development. Today, he assists all NHMM artists with everything from “hashtag magic” and best-practices, to audience data analysis and YouTube channel management.
When Aaron isn’t helping develop the accounts of NHMM artists, he can be found producing and directing the Journals Out Loud podcast, a self-help panel show featuring a diverse cast of young adults helping writers and callers-in through all of life’s challenges.