Global Music Rights (GMR) has signed a deal to represent the catalogue of songs written by Prince.
The sadly departed artist left ASCAP in 2014 seeking an alternative public performance licensing/collection organization.
Now his Estate, represented by Bremer Trust, their music industry advisors, Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan, and attorney Jason Boyarski, has chosen GMR for the job.
A press release said that the Estate believed GMR’s “philosophy of providing an elite group of writers with heightened customer service and control was most consistent with Prince’s values”.
As of October 1, 2016, GMR has been responsible for licensing for all of Prince’s catalogue – both released and unreleased tracks – on a worldwide basis.
Irving Azoff, founder of GMR, said, “I couldn’t be happier that Prince, who, during his lifetime, I worked with at various times over the last 30 years, will have his incredible roster of works represented by GMR.
Irving Azoff, GMR
“Prince was an iconoclast, who never settled for second best, and now his Estate has ensured that the public performance rights are protected in a way befitting their significance.”
GMR CEO, Randy Grimmett said, “Prince was a musical genius. It is a privilege to represent his vast catalog which has influenced, informed and inspired fans for decades.”
Estate advisor Charles Koppelman stated that, “Uniting Prince with GMR was a no-brainer. Prince has always advocated for artist rights, and GMR is on the forefront of protecting performing rights for writers and composers. We are thrilled that we are part of Global Music Rights for worldwide representation.”
GMR was founded in 2014 by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett.
It represents a select group of prolific writers who have written some of the most popular music in the world including Drake, Bruno Mars, the Eagles, The Who, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Ira Gershwin, Smokey Robinson and Pharrell Williams, among others.Music Business Worldwide