BMG has announced a big (I’m guessing) deal with new US-based independent music publisher Big Deal Music, the new business of industry veterans Kenny MacPherson, Dave Ayers, Jamie Cerreta, Michael McDonald and Pete Robinson, at least three of whom previously worked for the Chrysalis music publishing company, which is, of course, now part of the BMG empire.
BMG will provide “state-of-the-art administration and pro-active exploitation services” for the new publishing independent in North America and various European markets, with the possibility of jointly signing talent down the line too.
Confirming the deal, MacPherson told CMU: “We’re all very happy to be in business with BMG. Several of us have a long history with Chrysalis Music so there’s a comfort level here knowing we’ll be working alongside many of our friends. We look forward to growing our business along with them”.
Meanwhile BMG big cheese Hartwig Masuch said: “I am absolutely excited to be working closely with Kenny again, one of the most credible people in the music industry and somebody I’ve known since our days at Warner/Chappell in the late 80s”.
Meanwhile Laurent Hubert, President Creative & Marketing at BMG Chrysalis US, added: “Kenny, Dave and Jamie at Big Deal are proven A&R aces. We are thrilled to pair our creative visions and administer a company focused on maximising opportunities for exceptional songwriters”.
Amongst the acts already signed to Big Deal are My Morning Jacket, Jim James, The Black Angels, Ethan Johns, Missy Higgins, FIDLAR, The Walkmen and Korey Dane.