Shamrock Capital has emerged as one of the ambitious players in the music catalogues acquisition market, albeit to controversial effect when it bought the master rights for Taylor Swift’s first six studio albums last November. Since then, Shamrock Capital has announced (last month) a new $1bn growth fund to focus on more buyouts and “growth equity investments” in the media, entertainment and communications industries.
Now the company has closed yet another new fund: the Shamrock Capital Debt Opportunities Fund I, with $196m available to provide “loan structures to owners of entertainment intellectual property rights”. So, rather than simply buying up rights, the company will be lending money to “owners of entertainment IP across the film, television, music, games, sports media rights and other content sectors”. That could include artists.
Taylor Swift explained publicly why she wasn’t involved in Shamrock’s acquisition of her past master rights, but future deals of this kind could be structured with the artist as a prime mover.
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