Toronto-based rights management company ole has acquired Anthem Entertainment Group’s Mark-Cain publishing catalogue, including the associated master recordings of Taurus Records.
ole will now control a catalogue of publishing and masters for more than 40 albums from Canadian artists such as Max Webster (pictured), Ian Thomas, Lawrence Gowan, The Reason, Coney Hatch, Boys Brigade, Rikers, Spoons, and Aerial.
Notable tracks featured in the catalog include A Million Vacations, Let Go the Line, and Paradise Skies by Max Webster; Painted Ladies by Ian Thomas; A Criminal Mind, All the Lovers in the World, and When There’s Time (for Love) by Lawrence Gowan.
“ole is very pleased to be able to work with such an amazing legacy of Canadian songs, recordings, and with the artists that created them,” said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO of ole.
“For many of us, these songs are an integral part of the soundtrack of our lives, and we look forward to bringing them to new and wider audiences.”
“ole is a major force in the rights management world and we’re pleased to have them take over this body of work.”
Ray Danniels, Anthem/SRO
“ole has proven itself to be a major force in the rights management world, and we’re pleased to have them take over this body of work,” said Ray Danniels, CEO/President of the Anthem Entertainment Group and SRO (Standing Room Only) Management Inc.
“It’s clear from our conversations that ole’s staff are huge music fans who have the best interests of those they represent at heart. We’re confident that our songs are in good hands.”
Founded nearly three decades ago by Danniels and Vic Wilson, Anthem Entertainment Group initially began as an outlet for rock band Rush.
The label grew to provide a home for many influential Canadian rock bands. Mark-Cain was established to handle publishing duties for the label’s roster.
ole has to date made investments of over $400M+ in music intellectual property.
Its catalogue includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres.
Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.
ole also controls A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DHX, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium. MusicBox, the Production Music division of ole, provides quality content and service to creators in all media with over 150,000 tracks in its library.Music Business Worldwide