Big Machine Taps Peermusic to Sub-Publish Song Catalog Outside U.S.

Mike Molinar
Alex Ferrari

Mike Molinar

Nashville-based Big Machine Music (BMM) has linked with fellow independent publisher peermusic on a long-term sub-publishing agreement, under which peermusic will represent BMM's catalog of more than 12,000 songs in all worldwide territories excluding the U.S.

BMM, owned by Big Machine Label Group, will continue to administer itself within the U.S. under the deal, which was announced yesterday (March 1) by peermusic U.K. president, Europe and managing director Nigel Elderton and BMM general manager Mike Molinar.

"We see in peermusic a reflection of our own independent spirit and dedication to delivering personalized service to our songwriters," Molinar said. "The international team under the guidance of Nigel shares our business and creative values and we look forward to working with their team."

Peermusic's 38 offices in 31 countries have already lured publishing companies like Anthem, Concord, Beggars, BMG, Big Deal, Disney, Kobalt and Sugar to sign their own sub-publishing deals with peermusic.

"Mike, [BMM vice president, publishing] Alex Heddle, and the Big Machine Music team put their service to their clients first and foremost — we share that ethos," Elderton added. "What the Big Machine Music team have built in the past eight years is phenomenal. They are exceptional music publishers that have developed a rich catalog, overflowing with hits. We are thrilled to partner with them for global sub-publishing."

The BMM catalog includes such hits as "Better Together," co-written and recorded by Luke Combs, as well as work from songwriters like Laura Veltz ("The Bones," recorded by Maren Morris) and Jessie Jo Dillon ("10,000 Hours," recorded by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber). BMM's current roster also includes Brett YoungBrandy Clark, Ryan Hurd, Justin Moore and Maddie & Tae.

BMM's catalog does not include songs by Taylor Swift, who protested when the wider Big Machine Label Group -- which owned the master recordings for Swift's first six albums -- was sold by founder Scott Borchetta to Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings for an estimated $300 million in 2019. Swift's songs were not published by Big Machine, and the label group no longer has stake in her music at all, having sold her master recordings to private equity firm Shamrock Holdings in November 2020.