Global Music Rights has won the sweepstakes to represent the Prince catalog for performance licensing, signing a deal with Bremer Trust which has been overseeing the estate of the innovative artist. The deal is backdated to Oct. 1, 2016, for the entire Prince catalog on a worldwide basis, both for released and unreleased tracks. Prince's catalog includes such hit songs as "Purple Rain," "1999," "When Doves Cry," and "Raspberry Beret."
Prince and his team had been administering his publishing catalog since the artist left ASCAP in 2014. According to the GMR announcement, the Prince estate, represented by Bremer Trust, along with their industry advisors, Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan, and attorney Jason Boyarski, concluded that GMR's philosophy of providing an elite group of writers with heightened customer service and control was most consistent with Prince's values.
"I couldn't be happier that Prince, who, during his lifetime, I worked with at various times over the last 30 years, will have his incredible roster of works represented by GMR," said the performance rights organization's founder Irving Azoff in a statement. "Prince was an iconoclast, who never settled for second best, and now his Estate has ensured that the public performance rights are protected in a way befitting their significance."