Imagem Music USA, the pop music division of the world’s largest indie music publisher, Imagem Music Group, and acclaimed New York tastemaker music company Cantora (known for launching the careers of MGMT, Francis and the Lights, and Bear Hands), announce the launch of a brand-new publishing joint venture.

“We see a unique opportunity to use the team, reach and resources of Imagem Music as an invaluable early-stage tool for jump-starting artist careers,” says Cantora’s Will Griggs. “The combination of their powerhouse worldwide presence and creative, hands-on ethos make them the ideal partner to instill Cantora’s approach to artist development in the publishing world.”

Under the newly established venture, Imagem will provide publishing services to signed songwriters and artists, and in collaboration with Cantora, will develop songwriting talent using the combined resources and team.

“We are delighted to be working with Cantora, who exist in the pantheon of New York indie cool,” said Jon Pikus, Creative Director at Imagem Music USA. “This deal will allow us to get involved early in the development of the new artists they consistently discover and nurture, and to help them build careers of longevity.”  Molly Seel, Creative Coordinator at Imagem Music USA, added: “Cantora is an ideal partner for us, who always deliver cutting edge talent.  We look forward to working together to create wider audiences for great up-and-coming artists.”

“In a time when the majority of music publishers are making acquisitions with the primary motivation of increasing market share, it is refreshing to work with a partner set apart from the rest,” says Cantora co-founder Nick Panama. “Imagem is focused on building careers alongside artists step-by-step. We see their creative services as a key component in creating both an early spark for an artist as well as the means to create scaling opportunities and exposure worldwide. We wanted to re-define the role of a publisher, and couldn’t be happier to have found that in the like-minded team at Imagem.”

About Cantora

Cantora was born a record label and evolved into an entertainment fund that invests in bands and startup technologies. Here’s the thinking: just as a new artist needs guidance and influencer strategy to build success around an album or tour, tech founders creating products for the world of music and entertainment need the same hands-on insider navigation for their startups to succeed. Regardless of the type of investment, Cantora’s product strategy is rooted in building tastemaker awareness, forming key partnerships and helping the brains behind any team better understand the new landscape of the music industry.

Cantora is known for signing bands like MGMT, investing in and executing the music industry strategy for startups like Sonic Notify, and for creating live event properties like Smartwater’s immersive music tech Smartlounge.

About Imagem Music

Imagem Music is the pop music division of the Imagem Music Group (André de Raaff, co-founder).  Home to the Elvis Presley and Sammy Cahn catalogues as well as such talent as Ludacris, Phil Collins, Genesis, Anna Nalick, Steve Robson, Jens Gad, Temper Trap, Hesta Prynn, Bombay Bicycle Club and more, Imagem Music has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and the Netherlands, and exclusive agents all over the world.  For more, visit:  The Imagem Music Group is the world’s largest independent music publisher which, in addition to its ever-expanding pop catalogues, is unique for its leadership role in classical music (Boosey & Hawkes) and musicals (Rodgers & Hammerstein). For more, visit:


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