CONCORD MUSIC APPOINTS LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR ITS NEWLY INTEGRATED PUBLISHING INTERESTS
Concord Music, one of the world’s leading music publishing and recorded music companies, recently announced the leadership team that will run its worldwide publishing business, which includes The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Boosey & Hawkes, and a consolidated popular song publishing group formed by the merger of The Bicycle Music Company, Imagem Music, and Razor & Tie Publishing.
Jake Wisely has been appointed Chief Publishing Executive of Concord Music and has relocated to the company’s new Nashville office, where much of Concord’s US publishing activities will now be centered. Wisely spent the past decade running The Bicycle Music Company, which merged with Concord Music Group in 2015. Previously, Wisely worked at ASCAP, Universal Music Publishing, and EMI Music Publishing. He is also a current NMPA board member. Wisely will report to Concord Music’s CEO, Scott Pascucci.
Bill Gaden will lead Concord Music’s domestic publishing business as its President for North America. Having held senior positions at BMG Records, BBC Worldwide, Simon & Schuster, and Golden Books, Gaden joined The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in 2005, and in 2015, 6 years after its acquisition by Imagem, became CEO of Imagem USA. He will work from Concord Music’s New York office and will report to Jake Wisely.
John Minch will oversee Concord Music’s European and other international publishing interests as its President for Europe. Minch, based in London, has managed Boosey & Hawkes since 2001. Subsequent to the sale of Boosey & Hawkes to Imagem in 2008, Minch took on the role of Chief Executive of Imagem UK. He will report to Jake Wisely, as well.
Kent Hoskins has been appointed Concord Music’s Chief Financial Officer for all publishing operations. Hoskins, a New Zealander by birth, is based in London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After working as a Finance Manager with the BBC, he joined Boosey & Hawkes as Group Financial Controller in 2001. When Boosey & Hawkes was sold to Imagem in 2008, he was made Imagem UK CFO and, in 2015, was promoted to Global Head of Finance. Kent will report to Concord Music’s overall Chief Financial Officer, Bob Valentine.
"Jake is one of the founding members of Bicycle Music and has been a key factor in the growth of Concord Music,” said Concord Music CEO Scott Pascucci. "He will continue to steer our publishing business in unique and successful directions in the years to come.”
Chief Publishing Executive, Jake Wisely, commented, "As principals of Concord Music’s publishing executive committee, Bill, John, and Kent have proven themselves invaluable partners in the melding of a spectacular roster and catalog, along with the systems, infrastructure, and best practices of the Bicycle and Imagem businesses. Their wealth of knowledge, experience, and resources, along with that of our entire staff, cements Concord’s future as a dynamic, world-class music publisher.”
Concord Music, with a publishing business that already consisted of the catalogs of Bicycle Music and Razor & Tie, acquired Imagem Music Group in 2017 – a landmark purchase that tripled the company’s publishing portfolio from 130,000 to 380,000 copyrights. The result is a newly consolidated publishing group which is comprised of the following:
1. A consolidated popular song publishing business under the Concord Music brand which results from merging Bicycle Music, Imagem Music, and Razor & Tie Publishing. With this amalgamation, Concord Music’s popular song catalog now consists of classic compositions by legendary songwriters such as George Harrison, Daft Punk, John Fogerty, Trent Reznor, Glen Ballard, Mark Ronson, Lionel Richie, Marvin Hamlisch, Pink Floyd, Robert Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Sebastian, Dolly Parton, Steve Miller, and hundreds of others.
2. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, founded by the legendary composer and lyricist team. Rodgers & Hammerstein owns the rights to many of the world's most popular stage and film musicals, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
3. Boosey & Hawkes, the largest specialist classical music publishing company in the world, with an unrivaled catalogue of classical copyrights, including the works of such distinguished 20th and 21st-century composers as Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten, John Adams, and Steve Reich.
Further announcements regarding the consolidation of Concord Music’s publishing interests as well as exciting new writer signings can be expected in the coming weeks.
About Concord Music:
Concord Music is an independent, worldwide leader in the development, acquisition, and management of recorded music and music publishing rights, including theatrical performance rights. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, Berlin, and Cleveland, Concord Music has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters, and a vast and historic catalog of works by some of the most treasured names in music history.
Concord Music's master recording portfolio contains more than 10,000 active albums and includes no less than 264 GRAMMY® winners (representing approximately 6.25% of all the Grammys ever awarded) and 405 titles that have been certified by the RIAA as either gold, platinum, multi-platinum or diamond. Concord Music’s active labels – Concord Records, Fantasy Records, Fearless Records, Loma Vista Recordings, Razor & Tie (including the dynamic Kidz Bop brand), and Rounder Records – collectively release more than 100 new recordings per year across many musical genres. Concord Music’s historical labels, which are managed by its Craft Recordings team, include such storied imprints as Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Pablo, Prestige, Riverside, Savoy, Specialty, Stax, Telarc, Vee-Jay, and Wind-up.
Concord Music’s publishing business was transformed in 2017 when it acquired Imagem Music Group and integrated it with Concord’s existing publishing operation, The Bicycle Music Company. This combination resulted in a catalog of over 380,000 copyrighted works, spanning all musical genres and containing many of the world’s most celebrated compositions. Concord Music also supports a diverse group of current composers and songwriters who are continually creating important and commercially-successful new musical works. With the Imagem acquisition, Concord Music also added Boosey & Hawkes, the world’s leading specialist classical music publisher, and the legendary Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, both of which remain as individual business units under the Concord Music umbrella.
Concord Music is the operating entity of Alchemy Copyrights LLC, an investment company that is owned by Barings Alternative Investments, Sound Investors, and seventy institutional and individual partners, including forty members of Concord Music’s management team. At the forefront of intellectual property valuation, acquisition and utilization, the Concord Music investment underscores the partners’ belief in the lasting and appreciating global value of superior original entertainment content.
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Voigt - Concord Music, 629-401-3906, [email protected]