Publishing Briefs: Downtown Music Services Revs Up

“I am delighted that with Downtown Music Services we have brought together two outstanding businesses that have made huge steps over the last ten years in the artist and songwriter space,” said Mike Smith, Global President, Downtown Music Services. “I have always gone to work with the intention of providing the best possible service for the songwriters and artists I worked with. For me, copyright ownership was irrelevant, it was always about serving the music creators and helping them to realize their dreams.”

New Publishing Administration Deals: Big Indie, Samuel Dixon, Yuki Hayashi, Jimmy Hogarth, Ibeyi, Remi Kabaka, Kills Birds, Taj Mahal, Anthony Newley, Tigerspring, Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree, and 45th & 3rd Music Publishing. Publishing Renewals: Tori Amos, Marco Beltrami, Jason Isbell, Kassner Music, Ween, and Hans Zimmer and Remote Control Publishing and 14th Street Publishing. –Marc Schneider


Primary Wave Music announced last Wednesday (June 23) that they have acquired Aaron Bruno’s share of AWOLNATION’s music publishing catalog. The worldwide publishing deal means Primary will own a majority stake in the publishing catalog, which includes songs like “The Best,” “Run,” “Not Your Fault” and diamond certified hit “Sail.”

The deal will also give Bruno access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing resources for digital strategy, licensing and synch opportunities.

“It’s exciting to have these songs join a class of iconic artists and catalogs that call Primary Wave home,” Bruno said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with them and to begin working with their team.”

One of AWOLNATION’s five members, frontman Bruno formed the alternative rock band in 2010. They went on to achieve 79 total weeks on the Hot 100 chart with “Sail,” which was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America a couple weeks ago.

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