Max Richter has signed a long-term, global publishing deal with Decca Publishing.

Announced in December 2016, the new division is dedicated to expanding opportunities for ‘neo-classical’ composers to write for television, film and video games, and will offer artists a coordinated recording and publishing strategy.

Richter’s signing will complement his recording projects on Universal Music’s Deutsche Grammophon label. Recent releases include his eight-hour long SLEEP album, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works.

The composer is perhaps best known for his hugely popular solo albums, but his output also encompasses concert music, operas, ballets, art and video installations, and multiple film, theatre and television scores.

He said: ‘I liked the idea of being the first signing to Decca Music Publishing, as we agreed to take a fresh outlook on how we approach music publishing together, at a time when the rules are changing as to how music can engage with the multidimensional creative landscape of today.’

Natasha Baldwin, head of Decca Publishing, said she was ‘incredibly proud’ to be working with Richter, adding: ‘He is spearheading a new generation of composers in a genre of music that is expanding in global popularity at a phenomenal pace. It’s an exciting time for neo-classical music and I feel privileged to be working at the forefront of this movement with such a visionary composer as Max.’