Primary Wave is an acquisitive publishing company led by its CEO and founder, Larry Mestel.
Mestel founded the company in New York in 2006, launching with a deal agreed with Courtney Love to acquire 50% of Kurt Cobain’s song catalog.
Primary Wave then bought interests in the works of John Lennon, Steven Tyler, Lamont Dozier and others.
In 2016, Mestel re-started Primary Wave via a $300 million acquisition fund, whose investors were led by Black Rock.
In 2019, Primary Wave confirmed that it had raised over $500 million in a second fund, taking its total spending power since Mestel re-launched the firm to over $800 million.
In addition to being a music publisher, Primary Wave also runs a talent management division, representing artists including Melissa Etheridge.Music Business Worldwide