We recently spoke with Brittni Noble of “be noble” to find out more about how her company is helping support local musicians.
What is your business called and what does it do?
be noble is an artist-friendly, one-stop sync licensing music publishing company based in Vancouver, BC dedicated to amplifying and championing songwriters.
What made you want to do this work?
I’ve always been very ambitious with that entrepreneurial mindset and this has been years in the making. As a songwriter myself, I noticed some gaps and challenges in the industry for songwriters and I wanted to be apart of the solution in some way. It wasn’t until I moved to LA and surrounded myself with successful creatives that I gained the confidence and clarity that this is what I wanted to do.
What problem did you want to solve with the business?
I wanted to be someone in the industry that other writers felt that they could come to with questions. Music publishing can be a little complicated and it can be a little daunting as an independent writer knowing what to even do after you write a song. How do you copyright? How do you protect yourself? What are your rights? What are the opportunities? How can you get paid? I wanted to help answer these questions and be someone that other writers could trust and come to, even if they’re not ready to sign a music publishing deal. I’m committed to holding an open door policy for anyone seeking information, no matter where they’re at and what stage of their career they’re at.
Who are your clientele/demographics?
Songwriters, music supervisors and other music industry folks.
How does your business make money? How does it work?
There are a few different income streams but the two big ones right now are performance royalties and sync licensing for film/tv.
Where in Vancouver can we find your profession?
My headquarters are in North Vancouver but I work with writers all over Vancouver as well as Canada.
What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services?
My company ethos is really an “artists first” approach, while still thinking about forward growth as a company. My main objective is empowering other writers and finding every opportunity possible.
What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?
The best part about what I do is working with and empowering other songwriters. The worst part about what I do is telling a writer that they’re not ready for a music publishing deal just yet but I do try and help where I can, even if I’m not interested in signing them at the present moment.
What is your favourite joke about your own profession?
This is a terrible dad joke but it always makes me chuckle and I don’t know who said this but, “As a musician, I’ve learned the best way to win a Grammy is to not release your music in the same year as Adele.”
Where can we follow you?
PAY IT FORWARD: What is another Vancouver business that you love?
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