Mojo Music & Media Group has acquired Nashville-based HoriPro Entertainment Group for an undisclosed sum.
Mojo Music was founded by Spirit Music Group founder Mark Fried, ex-Spirit Senior Vice President Peter Shane and Alan Wallis, an ex-Ernst & Young exec, with the acquisition officially marking the independent publishing firm’s launch.
According to Mojo Music’s website, the company is “a next-generation music rights company, offering both best-of-breed music publishing and custom full-service brand and legacy marketing for a select group of the most iconic songwriters and musicians in the world and their contemporary counterparts.
The HoriPro catalog consists of about 15,000 songs and includes works by KISS, Jerry Reed, George Strait, REO Speedwagon and others.
The catolog also includes Top 10 singles by Johnny Cash, Charly McClain and many other country artists.
HoriPro’s active roster of songwriters includes Bart Butler, Joe Clemmons, Neil Medley, Sarah Allison Turner and Mike Walker.
Mojo has offices in London and New York and is opening a Nashville HQ following the HoriPro acquisition.
According to the statement announcing the acquisition, former HoriPro execs Butch Baker (SVP Creative), Carrie Wilkins (VP Administration & Business Affairs), Keithan Melton and Courtney Crist (both song pluggers) make up Mojo Music’s Nashville-based staff, while Nobu Yamamoto has been hired to find new songwriter and catalog opportunities in Los Angeles and to grow the company’s presence in Japan and Asia.
“I’m thrilled to be launching a new venture with driven, like-minded partners and surrounded by some of the best songs and songwriters on the planet.”
Mark Fried, Mojo Music
Mark Fried, Mojo Music Founder and CEO, said: “I’m thrilled to be launching a new venture with driven, like-minded partners and surrounded by some of the best songs and songwriters on the planet.
“We aim to build a modern-day Brill Building, not only pitching songs and syncs like our lives depended on it but bringing our writers’ songs and stories to life across traditional and new media.”
“Mojo and HoriPro are a hand-in-glove fit! Anybody who knows us knows we’ve always been about our family of songs and songwriters.”
Butch Baker, Mojo Music
Butch Baker, Mojo Music SVP added: “Mojo and HoriPro are a hand-in-glove fit! Anybody who knows us knows we’ve always been about our family of songs and songwriters.
“With Mojo, we now have the resources to super-serve them here in Nashville and take them beyond our borders into cross-genre co-writes, custom syncs and creative projects with tv, film and new media producers all over the world.”Music Business Worldwide