Maria Forte has worked in the music industry for three decades. She began at Virgin Music (Publishers) in the late seventies where she remained until the sale of the Virgin Group to the EMI Group, when she joined EMI Music Publishing. She returned to Virgin and was a co-founder of V2Music Publishing – followed by a spell as COO at MusicState, a digital online source for pre-cleared commercial music for synch. She joined Sanctuary Music Publishing in 2002 and in July 2006 she created her own company, Maria Forte Music Services Ltd., offering consultancy and management skills to artists, writers, music firms and music related business. She specializes in rights management, working with her clients either in an advisory capacity or on specific projects within this area, on a short or long term basis. Some of her clients past and present include Fintage House, Amnesty International, Warner Chappell Music, Omnifone; Modest! Management, Radiohead, Iron Maiden, Damian Lazarus, Soul II Soul, David Lewis Gedge for both The Wedding Present and Cinerama and his label Scopitones.