If the Trudeau government is looking for a poster boy for Canada's new economy, Robert Ott is their man. Pictured here (l-r) Alex Lifeson, Robert Ott and Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough
Now calling itself the world's fastest growing independent rights management company, the Canadian firm is on a roll with a hit parade of songs on the US and Canadian Country charts, and an ROI that is the envy of the music business.
The company won an unprecedented tenth straight CCMA Award as Music Publishing Company of the Year. It continues to rack up hits in North America and sign new writers. Pictured: The ole team at CCMAs
A major deal announced yesterday will see ole managing and administering wide-ranging music publishing efforts for eOne’s extensive music catalog.
Canadian music publishing CEO Robert Ott responds to a suggestion his company ole is withdrawing its production music catalogues from ASCAP...
The acquisition includes publishing catalogues once owned by Boosey & Hawkes, Rodgers & Hammerstein and the BBC and boosts its production-music library to over 750,000 controlled tracks.
Beggars Group boss Martin Mills champions the rights of songwriters, but the battle is far from over as major labels play hardball for a larger split on royalty income.
Tuesday's FYI included a guest column by Annie Lin discussing the difficulties in identifying song owners in the US as no single comprehensive database of song ownership metadata exists. The same is not true in Canada, however, as CMRRA VP Margaret McGuffin clearly points out.
The task of identifying song owners, serving them a notice, and paying them a nominal fee seems like it should be simple. But it is at scale a byzantine research project.
Superstar Timbaland has extended his relationship with Canadian rights firm ole music publishing. The partnership expands on an earlier co-venture that has produced a number of hits from developing artist and writer stables.
Music licensing is about to become a whole easier for brands, streaming companies and media in the US as Sesac, a boutique rights group backed by private equity, has agreed to buy the Harry Fox Agency, a major clearinghouse of songwriting rights, the two groups. In Canada it's still a game of catch-up.
Disparity in revenue splits between record labels and artist and music publishers and songwriters is a top-line issue that is going to be in the news for months to come. Details from the recent AGM in NYC this week, as well as Billboard's perspective.