January 22, 2020

Jaron Boyer Renews Deal With peermusic

Jaron Boyer has renewed his exclusive songwriter agreement with peermusic, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 22) by peermusic President and COO Kathy Spanberger, as well as peermusic Nashville Sr. VP Michael Knox.

peermusic’s exclusive deal with Boyer includes all future works, and the company will now be collaborating with Hipgnosis Song Fund and Merck Mercuriadis, who purchased Jaron’s back catalog. Boyer was represented in the deal by Jason L. Turner, Esquire, Keller Turner Andrews & Ghanem.

November 25, 2019

Joe Fox Inks Pub Deal with Liz Rose/Warner Chappell Music

SESAC songwriter Joe Fox has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music.

The New Jersey native relocated to Nashville after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Fox has won The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, played guitar on various records including Maren Morris’ Grammy-nominated album Hero, and toured with country stars like RECORDS/Arista Nashville’s Matt Stell.

November 22, 2019

Ross Copperman wins BMI Songwriter of the Year for 3rd Year in a Row:

October 23, 2019

Provident Label Group, Matthew West’s Story House Music Sign Leanna Crawford

Provident Label Group has partnered with Story House Music, which is helmed by multi-award winning artist Matthew West, to sign singer/songwriter Leanna Crawford.

“It is my honor to introduce Leanna Crawford, the newest addition to team PLG and the special joint venture with Story House Music,” shares West. “Leanna has such amazing talent that the world’s going to hear very soon, so get ready! She’s going to knock it out of the park, and the Lord’s going to use her voice in an awesome way.”

October 22, 2019

Live Nation Entertainment Inks Booking Deal With Nashville’s The Basement East

Live Nation Entertainment has inked an exclusive multi-year booking agreement with Nashville’s The Basement East. As part of the venture, promoter Richard Sloven joins Live Nation Nashville’s team as Talent Buyer/Promoter.

October 21, 2019

The Epic Story Of A Grammy Winner, $204,613 – And A Legal Battle With Ramifications For Songwriters Everywhere

We’ll level with you: industry disputes over the US Consent Decrees – the near 80-year-old set of laws that prescribe how ASCAP and BMI must run their organizations – don’t always make for the most thrilling stories.

But today, we are thankful for them. Because MBW has been digging around in the legal mountain of filings connected to the Department of Justice’s latest review of the Consent Decrees, and discovered something worthy of the attention, and debating faculties, of the worldwide songwriting and publishing community.

September 13, 2019

Department of Justice Releases Public Comments re: PRO Consent Decrees

On September 12, 2019, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, released information and comments filed in response to its call for public comment as to whether or not the ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees continue to protect competition or if they should be terminated. Filed prior to the August 9 deadline for comment, Jason Turner provided the DOJ with various materials relating to the recent dispute between ASCAP and Shane McAnally as it pertains to McAnally’s resignation and withdrawal from ASCAP, and ASCAP’s refusal to pay radio premiums for McAnally’s works licensed by ASCAP post-resignation.

In the filing, Turner advocates for the DOJ’s continued oversight of ASCAP and BMI while encouraging the Department to implement certain modifications to the existing Consent Decrees to further protect songwriters and publishers. Turner referenced the ASCAP/McAnally Arbitration Award, wherein the three arbitrators castigated ASCAP for the unfair, discriminatory and unreasonable manner in which ASCAP treated McAnally and for ASCAP’s utter lack of transparency in disclosing its rules (some of which, were found to actually not exist anywhere in writing).

Turner’s filing can be found here:
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July 29, 2019

Corey Kent Signs With Combustion Music

Corey Kent has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Combustion Music.

The Oklahoma-born artist, previously performing as Corey Kent White, began touring throughout the country at an early age. Shortly after college graduation, Corey wrote his first No. 1, William Clark Green’s “Hit You Where It Hurts.” He previously released the EP Making Noise in 2014, followed by Long Way in 2016.

“From the minute we met Corey we knew we had to work with him,” said Combustion Music Senior Creative Director Kenley Flynn. “His positive energy, work ethic and talent spoke for themselves. Combustion couldn’t be happier about this new partnership and look forward to bringing Corey’s music to the country fans nationwide.”

“I’ve always been really impressed with the things that the folks at Combustion have accomplished,” said Kent. “They’re incredibly efficient & effective. I’m stoked to have such a great team & humbled to be joining a roster of such fantastic writers/artists.”

Kent is set to release the first of three 3-song EPs on Friday, July 26. From The West Part 1 will feature the recently released, “End of the Trail,” along with two brand new songs.

July 23, 2019

Songwriter Jason Sever Joins Amped Entertainment

ASCAP songwriter Jason Sever has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Missi Gallimore’s Amped Entertainment. Sever, who penned Dustin Lynch’s “Seein’ Red,” joins a roster that includes Chris Lindsey, KK Johnson, and Bryan Simpson. “We’re thrilled to have Jason on board to join the Amped roster. We feel his work is very viable in today’s market and we are so excited to help to him reach the next level,” commented Amped Entertainment’s Eric Gallimore.

April 12, 2019

Matthew West Extends Deal With Combustion Music

Matthew West has extended his exclusive publishing agreement with Combustion Music, in conjunction with his Story House Collective.

Most recently, West earned his 11th No. 1 hit with Combustion, with the five-week chart-topper “Only Jesus,” recorded by Casting Crowns. West is also a four-time Grammy nominee and a five-time ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year winner. He’s released seven albums and notched hits including the 17-week No. 1 “Hello, My Name Is,” “Courageous” (recorded by Casting Crowns) and the No. 1 “Broken Things.”

Combustion Music President Chris Farren said, “We have been lucky enough to work with Matthew for the past 10 years, and could not be happier to be continuing that relationship. Matthew has proven over and over his unique ability to write not only massive hit songs for himself, but for many others as well, in multiple genres. He continues to be a constant force in an industry where things change very quickly, and we look forward to four more years of great success together.”

West stated, “Since moving to Nashville years ago I’ve noticed an undeniable connection between the most successful songwriters and the belief and support of the people they’ve surrounded themselves with. Every writer needs a champion, an advocate, and for me that has been the team at Combustion. I’m excited to continue this partnership and thankful for their continued belief in the music I’m passionate about writing. I’m also looking forward to turning around and serving as an advocate and support for the young songwriters we develop together in years to come.”

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