1. Bug Music Secures $200M Credit Line

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent publisher Bug Music has secured a $200 million credit line from nine banks led by JP Morgan. The credit line can be increased to $250 million. In a statement, Bug Music CEO John Rudolph noted that the credit, priced at a London interba ...

  2. Stargate United At EMI

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has signed a global co-publishing deal with Mikkel Eriksen, bringing both members of the Stargate production team under one roof. Eriksen's Stargate partner Tor Erick Hermansen has had an EMI Music Publishing deal since 1 ...

  3. Silverman Hails Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Win

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Yeah, the FCC decency folks are crying themselves to sleep tonight: "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday's ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creativ ...

  4. Billboard’s Christman Expands Duties

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard senior retail correspondent Ed Christman is adding the publishing beat to his reporting duties. In his new role, Christman will be responsible for leading the coverage of publishing issues for all Billboard products, including the weekly ...

  5. Oasis Gives (Sheet) Music Away

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Oasis has hooked up with leading music magazine NME and a government organization in a move aimed at encouraging budding musicians to learn to play musical instruments. In an initiative backed by the U.K. government's Arts Counc ...

  6. APRA's Healey Appointed New NZMC Chair

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australasian Performing Right Association's Kiwi chief Anthony Healey has been named the new chairman of the state-funded New Zealand Music Commission (NZMC). The commission is financed by the Ministry of Culture & Heritage, with a ma ...

  7. Rodgers & Hammerstein Show Tunes Catalog For Sale

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is in talks to sell its catalog of Broadway musical show tunes and standards to major music companies for between $150 million and $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. EMI Music Pub ...

  8. 6 Questions With BMI President/CEO Del Bryant

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI keeps going and growing. For the fiscal year ended June 30, the performance rights organization posted revenue of $901 million, a 7.4% increase from what it collected in the prior year. It will also disperse $786 million to songwriters, compos ...

  9. BMI Posts $901 Million Annual Revenue

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI kept alive its 24-year record-breaking revenue and payouts streak by posting $901 million in revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, a 7.4% increase from what it collected in the prior year. What's more, BMI will disperse $786 million ...

  10. Q&A: NMPA's David Israelite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite sounds refreshed and ready for what could turn out to be a busy autumn. Front and center on his agenda: an October Copyright R ...

  11. Rights Management Firms Expand Reach

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With music rights, licensing, and fees becoming top-of-mind issues lately, rights management firms RightsFlow and RoyaltyShare are expanding their footprint in the space. RoyaltyShare has acquired Broad Street Digital from Arbinet to gain access t ...

  12. Sony/ATV Signs Middle East Licensing Deal

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has made a license agreement with Rotana Audiovisual, a leading producer, distributor and publisher of Arabic music and film. The deal covers the Middle East and gives Rotana's publishing arm the right to license and ...

  13. Opinion: Rates Should Reflect Music's True Value

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT How successful would a nightclub be if it didn't play music? That was one of the questions facing Australia's Copyright Tribunal last year when it had to decide on setting a new royalty rate for nightclubs to pay for using recorded music ...

  14. Chrysalis Predicts Loss, Scales Back Echo Label

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent music group Chrysalis Plc says the economic downturn will impact on its publishing revenues, as declining physical sales reduce mechanical revenue and a slowing advertising market affects synch income. The London-based group, whose pub ...

  15. Bicycle Acquires Stake In Survivor, .38 Special Songs

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a majority interest in Jim Peterik's Easy Action Music catalog, which includes global hits from Survivor and .38 Special. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The catalog of Peterik, a founding member o ...

  16. Classical Publisher Boosey Turns To Pop Synchs

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Label management specialist Absolute has signed an agreement with Boosey & Hawkes, under which the the classical publisher's Music Consultancy division will pursue global synch deals for Absolute's roster of independent labels and ar ...

  17. Ronson Extends Global EMI Publishing Deal

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ronson has extended his arrangement with EMI Music Publishing in a new long-term global deal. The British-born solo artist, DJ and producer won a best male artist BRIT award earlier this year in recognition of his album "Version" (C ...

  18. Bryan Ferry Named BMI Icon

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bryan Ferry will be presented with the BMI Icon honor at the U.S. performing rights society's annual London awards ceremony on Oct. 7. The Roxy Music singer and solo artist will receive the award at the ceremony, held at the Dorchester hotel. ...

  19. MCPS-PRS Reports Decline In Mechanical Revenues

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors collecting society MCPS-PRS has issued half-year results for 2008 that show combined royalties from broadcasters and online services out-performing mechanical revenues. For the six-month period up to the end of June, MCPS-PRS collecte ...

  20. Orchard Links With Sony/ATV

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital aggregator The Orchard has added marketing and digital distribution rights for all master recordings from Sony/ATV Music Publishing for international markets outside the U.S. This includes digital distribution to online retailers, as well ...

  21. MGMT Inks Publishing Deal With Spirit

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Brooklyn band MGMT has signed a multi-year, North American, publishing administration deal with Spirit Music Group. "We're looking forward to working with...their team to bring their simultaneously complex and beautiful songs to music fa ...

  22. EMI Inks Grant To Publishing Pact

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing U.K. has signed a longtime, worldwide publishing deal to represent Eddy Grant. The music publishing pact, revealed today, covers his new and future works, plus the veteran reggae singer's entire catalog, including such hi ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Katy Perry, Fergie

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Katy Perry has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Under the agreement, Warner/Chappell music will administer Perry's future work and current catalog, includi ...

  24. Courtney Love Sued By Management Firm

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Courtney Love has been sued by a management firm for allegedly failing to pay commissions for the partial sale of her share of the Nirvana publishing catalogue. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday by the management firm London ...

  25. Kobalt Recruits BMI's Robinson

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMI veteran Nick Robinson has joined Kobalt Music Group as senior VP business development. Robinson takes up his new position at the independent music publisher's London headquarters after a six-year stint with BMI, the U.S. performing right ...

  26. Rogers Signs with Imagem

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music, the music publishing fund launched earlier this year by Dutch firms CP Masters and pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, has signed Australian artist, writer and producer Jarrad Rogers to a global publishing deal. Rogers, who is ...

  27. EC Hands Down CISAC Decision

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella trade groups for performing right societies, must reform its royalty collection practises and has been told to remove all obstacles impeding the pan-European licensing system after losing its long-running battle with European r ...

  28. Strokes Guitarist Inks Deal With Primary Wave

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has signed a co-publishing agreement with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., through which the company will provide Hammond with a variety of marketing and administration services. Hammond's writing credits in ...

  29. OFT OKs Universal's Big Life Buy

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has cleared Universal Music Publishing Group's acquisition of Big Life Music. Although the decision has yet to be published on the corporate watchdog's Web site, a spokesman confirms to Billboard th ...

  30. Cherry Lane Continues Deal With Icon

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing is continuing its multi-year administration agreement with Mel Gibson's Icon Productions. Under the conditions of the agreement, Cherry Lane - which administrates publishing for film companies including DreamWorks ...

  31. Peermusic Promotes Hamburg Pair

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has revamped its executive team in Hamburg with the promotion of Lubna Al-Aswad to the new position of GM. In her new role, Al-Aswad will report to Michael Karnstedt, European chairman of Peermusic, and to the corporate office. Until now ...

  32. Euro Composers, Songwriters Appeal With EC Pres

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A delegation of composers and songwriters today met with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to discuss their concerns on a looming decision which they claim could have a "lasting disaster for all Europeans, culturally." Th ...

  33. Brock Rises At Sony/ATV

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing executive Janice Brock has earned a promotion. The British executive has been named to the new role as senior VP, U.K. operations, in addition to her current role as VP, office of the chairman. Brock will relocate from Ne ...

  34. Harry Fox Passes Hits Milestone

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency has surpassed the 2 million mark in songs licensed with the organizations by nearly 36,000 publishers. Since each song can be in a variety of formats, including CDs, digital downloads, lyrics, tableatures, ringtones, and even ...

  35. Getty Links With Kobalt For Admin Pact

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Getty Images has tapped Kobalt Music Group for administration services of its music catalog. Getty's Pump Audio division licenses the music of independent artists for commercial uses in TV, films, games and the Internet, among other areas. Ko ...

  36. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  37. House Committee Approves Performance Rights Act

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property today approved the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 4789), which will establish that terrestrial radio should compensate recording artist with a perfo ...

  38. EMI Music Publishing, XM Settle Suit

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT XM Satellite Radio and EMI Music Publishing have resolved the lawsuit brought by the publisher against XM over its Pioneer Inno portable satellite radio. No terms of the resolution were disclosed. The Inno allows users to save individual songs fro ...

  39. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  40. P&P, London Calling Forge Synch Pact

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based music publisher P&P Songs has struck a long-term agreement with London Calling, Tracie London-Rowell's specialist film and TV synch firm. Through the new deal, London Calling will exploit P&P's catalog, which include ...

  41. SACEM Signs-Up To W/C's Pan-Euro Licensing Project

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) has joined Warner/Chappell Music's pan-European digital licensing (PEDL) initiative. As a result of the accord, unveiled today, the French Collection Rights Society i ...

  42. Elderton Elected MPA Chair

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An animated debate on the future of music publishing formed the backdrop for this year's annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Music Publishers Association. The meeting, held Tuesday in central London, kicked off with elections for positi ...

  43. UMPG Previews New Royalty Tool

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group is demoing its RoyaltyWindow.com system, which allows for flexible reporting and transparent access to tracking royalties, in anticipation of a Fall rollout. According to a press release, the system will allow ...

  44. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  45. Kobalt Offers Online Pipeline Royalty Advances

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing rights administrator Kobalt Music Group has launched a new online tool that allows its copyright holders to view their publishing accounts in real time. The new online pipeline royalty advances tool, which goes live tomorrow (June ...

  46. Primary Wave Opens West Coast Office

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has opened the doors on its West Coast office, which is headed by music industry veteran Michelle Belcher, who joined the company in January. Previously, Belcher worked in film and TV at BMG Music Publishing, along wi ...

  47. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  48. Howes Stays with EMI Music Pub

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has extended its global co-publishing agreement with hit Canadian producer and songwriter Brian Howes. EMI will represent Howes' interests in an extensive catalog of songs, including those he recently co-wrote with Puddle ...

  49. New Canadian Copyright Legislation To Come

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Canadian copyright legislation will be introduced tomorrow, the federal Conservative government said this afternoon. The music industry blames lax copyright legislation for the proliferation of file sharing in the country and a decline of more ...

  50. Berman Blasts Broadcasters Over Rights Bill

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that record companies "have put a ring through the nose of artists" and are leading them to fight for royalties from radio broadcasters "ain't the world today," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) charged to broadcast ...

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