Maria Forte has worked in the music industry for three decades. She began at Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd in the late seventies in an administrative capacity where she remained for 14 years, the last five years of this period as General Manager, until the sale of Virgin to the EMI Group. She worked with many contemporary bands/writers including The Police; The Human League; Culture Club; Soul II Soul; The Clash; Stereo MC’s and The Prodigy. Thereafter she spent four years at EMI Music Publishing running the copyright department as well as establishing the sampling department. She continued to work with the Virgin Music catalogue as well as the rich and varied catalogue belonging to EMI.
In 1996, she was a co-founder and Director of Commercial Affairs at V2 Music Publishing Ltd., Richard Branson’s second venture into music publishing. She continued to work with The Prodigy, although still administered by EMI Music Publishing –working closely with Liam Howlett to ensure the successful clearance of all samples on their multi platinum selling album “Fat Of The Land”. She signed, amongst others, Fluke and Boy George to the music publishing entity.
She left V2 in 2000 to join MusicState as Chief Operating Officer. MusicState offered an online source of pre-cleared commercial music for synchronization. She defined and oversaw the launch of this website, creating a template and accompanying systems through which it could operate.
She then joined Sanctuary Music Publishing in 2002 as Director of Commercial Business where her role included the acquisition of rights, catalogue or writer, as well as operational responsibilities for the company. She worked with a catalogue that included Bert Jansch; Axl Rose; Wasp and Spiritual Beggars.
In July 2006 she created Maria Forte Music Services Ltd. Her clients include Warner Chappell music, for the implementation of their pan European Digital Rights Initiative; Amnesty International Ltd as Music Clearance Consultant working on their fund raiser “The Secret Policeman’s Ball”; She provides business management support to David Gedge of the highly respected Indie Rock outfit The Wedding Present, and to his label Scopitones. She has recently worked with Soul II Soul co-ordinating a compilation album for Trojan Records “Jazzie B presents School Days”. She is working with Radiohead (through her Warner Chappell consultancy) on their commercial digital release of the album “In Rainbows” and related releases including the digital video release of Radiohead “In Rainbows From The Basement” and the acclaimed digital single campaign for “Nude”.