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JKBX is the startup founded by former WMG / The Orchard executive Scott Cohen in late 2022, with the aim of selling music catalogue rights in fractionalised form.

Its latest announcement, a deal with financial trading firm GTS Securities, includes a couple of figures reflecting the company’s ambitions.

“JKBX currently has over $1.7 billion in music rights exclusively secured and anticipates launching by the end of  2023 with over $4 billion of rights,” said the startup.

JKBX plans to sell shares in these music royalties (“of hit songs and popular artists from all eras”) to retail [non-professional] investors through its marketplace. The company is keeping its powder dry on announcing which artists and catalogues have already been signed up in the $1.7bn though.

As for GTS, it’s one of the biggest “market makers” in the US financial industry, buying and selling securities – it claims to account for 3-5% of daily cash equities volume in the US.

JKBX is pitching the partnership as a combination of its own music biz knowledge with GTS’s “financial markets, trading and technology expertise”.

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Stuart Dredge

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