Mike Molinar, General Manager, Big Machine Music
Photo Credit: Alex Ferrari
NASHVILLE, TN (March 1, 2021) – Leading independent music publishers Big Machine Music and peermusic have entered a long-term sub-publishing agreement for peermusic to represent the music copyrights controlled by Big Machine Music in all ex-US territories as announced today by Nigel Elderton, President, Europe & Managing Director, peermusic U.K. and Mike Molinar, General Manager, Big Machine Music. Nashville-based BMM will continue to administer itself within the US.
Through the deal, peermusic will work with BMM’s dynamic catalog of over 12,000 songs and three dozen chart-toppers, including the recent five-week Country No. 1 “Better Together” (written and recorded by Luke Combs) as well as works from GRAMMY®-nominated songwriters Laura Veltz’s “The Bones” (recorded by Maren Morris) and Jessie Jo Dillon’s “10,000 Hours” (recorded by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber), which holds the highest streaming first-week in Country Music history. Named to Billboard’s Year End Top Ten Hot 100 Publisher Corp and Hot Country Publisher Corp for four consecutive years (2017-2020), BMM’s current roster also includes Brett Young, Brandy Clark, Eric Paslay, Ryan Hurd, Justin Moore, Maddie & Tae, Tyler Rich, Benjy Davis, Callista Clark, Laci Kaye Booth, Daniel Ross, Lauren Weintraub, Kenton Bryant, and Reid Isbell.
“We see in peermusic a reflection of our own independent spirit and dedication to delivering personalized service to our songwriters,” said Mike Molinar, General Manager, BMM. “The international team under the guidance of Nigel shares our business and creative values and we look forward to working with their team.”
Nigel Elderton, President, Europe & Managing Director, peermusic commented: “Mike, Alex Heddle, and the Big Machine Music team put their service to their clients first and foremost—we share that ethos. What the Big Machine Music team have built in the past eight years is phenomenal. They are exceptional music publishers that have developed a rich catalog, overflowing with hits. We are thrilled to partner with them for global sub-publishing.”
peermusic has a strong foothold in territories across the globe with a network of 38 offices in 31 countries, offering a special place for music publishers looking for sub-publishing representation. The company’s reputation for first-class global administration services have led the industry’s top pubcos to flock to peermusic for sub-publishing (including Anthem, Concord, Beggars, BMG, Big Deal, Disney, Kobalt and Sugar), with income collected for clients growing 12% year-over-year. peermusic recently licensed its proprietary copyright/royalties system IRIS to Synchtank, which in turn is licensing it to other music publishers. Thanks to its origins in peermusic, IRIS has been running at global scale for over 10 years, is fully integrated with more than 60 Collective Management Organizations (CMOs), is configured for over 1,000+ income sources, and has processed hundreds of millions of dollars of royalties.