Music publishing can sometimes be a drag, but today, that’s not a bad thing: Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) officially launches PEG Music Publishing on Thursday (Oct. 20), in collaboration with Warner Chappell Music (WCM), Billboard can reveal.
The LGBTQ+ talent management company’s newly created music publishing arm has an administration deal with WCM, which is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. The freshly inked deal involves some of the biggest names in contemporary drag culture: Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Peppermint, Sherry Vine and Trixie Mattel are the first signings as part of this arrangement. Additionally, country singer-songwriter Brandon Stansell, whose sophomore album This Must Be the Place was released over the summer, is also part of PEG’s deal with WCM. PEG says more signings from the company’s roster are to come.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been passionately dedicated to amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ artists,” says Ryan Aceto, PEG Records head of A&R. “I’m thrilled that with this partnership, our artists and songwriters will have even more opportunities and resources to get their art out into the world. PEG Records is committed to putting our artists on the same level as other mainstream artists.”
“We’re excited to partner with Ryan and the PEG team to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ music creators – finding new ways to market their music and tell their stories through playlisting and strategic partnerships, as well as creating new opportunities for them to collaborate with other Warner Chappell songwriters,” says Ashley Winton, WCM svp of creative services.
The admin deal between PEG Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music applies to the aforementioned artists’ catalogs and future compositions. At the top of 2022, Warner Chappell Music – which has offices in more than 20 countries — made headlines when it was announced that WCM had acquired the rights to David Bowie’s catalog, including every song written by the late icon.
PEG Records’ Aceto has previously overseen partnerships with ADA/Warner Music Group, the Recording Academy, Epic Games, Peloton and the Grammy Museum. PEG Records is a member label of Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance.