Concord buys Downtown’s owned music copyright catalog for about $400m

Harmony was a single of the worldwide tunes industry’s massive-spenders in 2020, splashing about $100 million on two occasions – when to obtain a greater part stake in Pulse Audio Team, and then once more to buy a catalog from hit-making US band Imagine Dragons.

In comparison to that, 2021 has been comparatively tranquil for Concord’s dealmaking team… until eventually now.

Now (April 26), it’s been verified that a Concord affiliate has acquired 145,000 copyrights from New York-headquartered Downtown.

This portfolio constitutes Downtown’s overall owned and/or co-released audio catalog, and usually takes Concord’s owned and controlled tunes property to over 600,000 works.

The catalog involves hits and will work executed by the likes of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Woman Gaga, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Sam Smith, Stevie Question, and The 1975.

As part of the transaction, Downtown will carry on to deal with worldwide royalty selection for the afflicted copyrights as a result of the end of 2021.

Harmony and Downtown haven’t verified the selling price of the deal, but MBW has enough data to make an knowledgeable estimate.

A latest organization deck on Downtown circulated to the investment group and viewed by MBW exhibits that the company’s owned catalog produced an NPS (Net Publisher Share) in 2020 of roughly $20 million.

Business sources who ended up close to the competitive Downtown catalog sale procedure propose the successful acquirer (i.e. Harmony) would have paid out a 20-situations several on this NPS determine.

This all indicates that Harmony has agreed to fork out in the area of $400 million for the Downtown copyrights.

It consequently can make perception that, in today’s press release announcing the deal, Harmony notes that the Downtown get is its “most important because the order of Imagem in 2017″.

That buyout of Imagem is recognized to have expense Harmony in the area of $550m.

In the exact same push release today, Downtown notes that the proceeds of its catalog sale will be “reinvested back again into Downtown”.

As a consequence of its catalog sale, Downtown is now no more time a considerable copyright operator, and will in its place target exclusively on the quickly-rising new music expert services sector.

Downtown currently manages additional than 23 million songs property on behalf of far more than 1 million creators and 2,500 enterprise customers all-around the entire world, via operations this sort of as Songtrust, Downtown Audio Publishing, CD Child, and DashGo.

“Concord is an superb residence for this incredible catalog that we’ve had the one of a kind privilege to create about the earlier 14 decades.”

Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown

Downtown retains its full roster of publishing administration shoppers, which includes the Estate of George Gershwin, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Miles Davis, John Prine, Wu-Tang Clan, Ryan Tedder/OneRepublic and other folks.

Downtown Founder and CEO, Justin Kalifowitz mentioned: “Concord is an superb residence for this amazing catalog that we’ve experienced the exceptional privilege to establish over the past 14 yrs. Not only does Harmony realize the worth of these will work, but this transaction even further demonstrates the legitimate strength of the modern-day unbiased music sector.”

Jim Selby

“Our global publishing group is honored to now characterize these songwriters and their will work to the world.”

Jim Selby, Harmony

Concord’s Chief Publishing Government Jim Selby stated: “The unbelievable catalog of music is an excellent enhance to the timeless and beneficial copyrights upon which Harmony has designed a profitable enterprise.

“Our international publishing group is honored to now represent these songwriters and their works to the planet.”

The Downtown portfolio bought to Concord involves the Good Soldier Tunes catalog, which includes the entire new music publishing catalog of The 1975, which Downtown acquired  past yr.

It also contains the Salli Isaak Tunes / Salli Isaak Music Publishing catalog, acquired by Downtown in 2018, which has hits prepared by Sam Smith collaborator Jimmy Napes.

The Raine Group acted as the special financial advisor to Downtown on the transaction, with legal counsel from Wilson Chu, Joanna Lin, and Thaddeus Chase, Jr. of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Jeff Biederman and Beau Stapleton of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

Concord and its affiliates were suggested by Steve Sessa and Chris Sheaffer of Reed Smith and Rob Sherman of DLA Piper. Lisbeth R. Barron and the crew at Barron Worldwide Team, LLC acted as the exclusive monetary advisor to Concord on the transaction.New music Organization Globally

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