Could an investment fund evolve into a major publisher?
The dealmaking around music rights continues, with this morning's news pile including Tempo Music acquiring a majority stake in some of Korn's recordings and compositions, and Round Hill Music striking a long-term administration...
November 2, 2021
NMPA and streaming services prepare for battle over CRB rates
This week, streaming services and US body the NMPA have filed their proposals for how the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) should set publishing rates for on-demand audio streams in the US from 2023 to 2027.
October 15, 2021
Spirit Music Group owner bags $500m investment
Lyric Capital Group is the owner of independent publisher Spirit Music Group, having led a buyout of the company in 2019.
October 15, 2021
Music Ally Report :: Q3 2021 Edition
In this report, we’ve rounded up 60 startups that we think are particularly worthy of your attention. This is not a “best new startups of 2021” list – instead, it’s a snapshot of our view of this ecosystem: these...
October 14, 2021
KKR-led consortium tipped again to buy Kobalt songs catalogue
The Financial Times reported that KKR will lead a consortium to buy the catalogue for around $1.1bn, with the family office of former Goldman Sachs partner Stephen Hendel also involved.
October 13, 2021
More billion-dollar figures in the catalogue-buying game
Hot on the heels of last week’s news that new entrant HarbourView Equity Partners has a billion dollars to spend on rights, two more ten-digit-sum stories crossed the wires this weekend.
October 11, 2021
HarbourView Equity Partners has $1bn to spend on rights
Another company is entering the crowded market for music rights. Well, HarbourView Equity Partners has a wider focus than just music: it's planning to invest in entertainment rights too, with a team that has experience in...
October 8, 2021
NMPA and Roblox reach a deal to dismiss $200m lawsuit
To co-opt the old adage about buses... you wait ages for a rancorous music publishing / tech dispute to be put to rest with an agreement that isn't a licensing deal in itself, but paves the way for such deals... then two...
September 27, 2021
NMPA boss defends major publishers against Hipgnosis criticism
One of the most sensitive talking points at the UK's recent music-streaming economics inquiry was publishing royalties. Specifically whether publishing should get a bigger share of the streaming pie.
September 10, 2021
Reservoir Media completes its spac merger to go public
Reservoir Media has become the latest music company to go public, in its case via a ‘spac’ merger with a company called Roth CH Acquisition II Co.
July 30, 2021
MPA seeks experts for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Council
The UK's Music Publishers Association (MPA) is creating a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Council, and is looking for experts to help guide its policies.
July 27, 2021