1. Publishing Briefs: Zooey Deschanel Signs With Spirit, Tommy James Teams with Sony/ATV, BMG Chrysalis U.S. Buys Rights To 'Khumba'

    March 11, 2014 6:32 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has signed a multi-year North American publishing administration deal with Zooey Deschanel which includes her back catalog and future works.  In addition to her songwriting contributions as one half of the duo She & Him, she ...

  2. David Renzer Named Chairman of Spirit Music Group

    January 21, 2014 1:42 AM EST David Renzer, former Univeral Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO, has been installed as chairman of Spirit Music Group, the indie publisher that owns the Pete Townshend, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Marc Bolan catalogs, among other notable songwr ...

  3. The Who Taking 'Amazing Journey' to World Series Soundtrack

    October 25, 2012 10:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers face off for the World Series title, the Who will be providing the soundtrack. Fox Sports has turned to the rock icons' classic catalog to provide music for the series, with songs including &qu ...

  4. Backbeat: KCRW, Portugal. The Man Team Up For T. Rex Tribute Album, Release Party

    July 25, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Portugal. The Man with manager Rich Holtzman and their youngest fan Frances Gourley, the daughter of lead singer John Gourley. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Los Angeles celebrated the legacy of T. Rex with the release of T. Rex vs. KCRW Soundclash , a fi ...

  5. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  6. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  7. Pub Briefs: Spirit Music Group Buys Jimmy Sturr Catalog, Imagem Music USA Signs John Shanks, and More

    May 24, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Spirit Music Group Buys Jimmy Sturr Catalog -- Spirit Music Group has purchased the complete song catalog of polka icon Jimmy Sturr as part of a joint venture with with Lauren Keiser, the veteran print and concert music publisher. The deal covers ...

  8. Publishing Briefs: Pete Townshend Signs Over Interest in Songs, TuneSat Tracks Unlicensed Multimedia Content

    January 25, 2012 10:15 AM EST Spirit Music Acquires Pete Townshend Catalog Spirit Music Group has purchased Pete Townshend's interest in his entire song catalog, and will partner with the legendary rocker in strengthening Townshend's/The Who's brand on a global ...

  9. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Pete Townshend, The Who to Acquire Catalog

    January 24, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pete Townshend has struck a deal with Spirit Music Group that gives the publishing company Townshend entire interest in his solo material and his material with The Who, including mega-tracks "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Bl ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Spirit Inks Deal With Composer Hagen

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Emmy-winning TV and film composer Earle Hagen, who has written theme songs for classic shows like "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Mod ...