Less than three months after announcing its expansion to Sydney, global rights-management firm Downtown Music Publishing has signed its first artist to the local roster.

Western Australia singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly signed an international deal with Downtown during her tour through the UK and Europe, where she’s showcasing her 2017 debut EP, Thrush Metal.

Donnelly has had an almost unbeatable 12 months. After taking out Bigsound’s inaugural Levi’s Music Prize as the ‘most outstanding talent’, she was named triple j ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’, dominated the Western Australian Music Industry Awards, taking out Best EP, Best Folk Act, Best Single, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular New Act, was nominated for two AIR Awards, and took home the grand prize at this year’s West Australian Music’s (WAM) Song Of The Year Awards for ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

Watch the video for ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ below:


The global industry has certainly taken notice of Donnelly’s local accolades. In late February she inked an international deal with US indie Secretly Canadian, home to The War On Drugs, Antony and the Johnsons, and Yoko Ono – to name but a few.

Now, Stella Donnelly adds to Downtown’s vast and impressive catalogue, which includes works from The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Hans Zimmer, The Kinks, One Direction, Mötley Crüe, and Santigold.