ole is Majorly Indie
Staffed by industry veterans, with initial financing of $40 million, independent music publisher ole has moved quickly to acquire a diverse catalogue of music and has begun to build a roster of world-class songwriters.
According to Managing Partners Tim Laing and Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada), ole will be a globally competitive, full-service music publisher. Says Laing "Conditions in the music industry are perfect for a new kind of music publisher to flourish. Not only does ole have the creativity, flexibility and highly personal touch found in most independents, we also have infrastructure and capital." Laing adds, "This has created a new category in music publishing that we call "majorly indie".
Since opening for business less than a year ago, ole has signed world-class songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Ben Dunk, James Huff, John Wesley Chisholm and rock artists Scarlett. Ole has also launched a music publishing co-venture Last Gang Publishing with the principal in the leading rock label Last Gang Records (Universal).
According to Managing Partner, Robert Ott it's all about the songs. Says Ott "This is the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to benefit from experience and build a great company that never forgets that it's about the power of great songs. Tim and I are also thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a great team of professionals. These are people who are the best in the business and truly passionate about songs and music."
Current catalogue and administrative agreements have ole controlling some 10,000 songs including works by the Merrymen, Spice & Co., Dream Warriors, and the hit production duo of Foster & McElroy (En Vogue, Club Noveau, Tony!, Toni! Tone'!, Silk-E) and some 6,000 Country titles including U.S. number ones and top hits by artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Toby Keith.
ole is the worldwide administrator for television producers Slanted Wheel and Arcadia Entertainment, and the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group catalogue that includes songs by Elmore James, Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Jerry Butler, Otis Rush and Jimmy Rogers.
ole has attracted top management talent, including Sr. Partner for International Acquisitions, Ivan Berry (former head of International/A&R for Sony/BMG Canada). Says Berry "I've been an entrepreneur in the music business for the past 23 years. When I got a chance to work closely with Robert Ott, Tim Laing it felt like coming home. ole is 100% focused on the core of our business, which is "Art" and Artistry" delivered by global songwriters who build amazing catalogues."
In addition to Berry the ole executive team is rich in experience and includes Jennifer Beavis (former Director of Copyright at CMRRA and head of Nettwerk Music Publishing), as the Partner in Acquisitions and Administration, Daniel Mekinda, Partner, Creative Development (formerly of Sony/BMG Canada A&R). Providing representation in Nashville for the ole catalog is Shane Barrett, while Sean Mulligan provides West coast representation.
Noted entertainment attorney and ole key counsel, Chris Taylor (Avril Lavigne, SUM41), says, "Robert, Tim and the team are rolling things out professionally and completing some brilliant acquisitions in the few short months they've been in business." Taylor adds "They are already establishing themselves as a major player on the international publishing stage while maintaining the right vibe where writers and their songs are cared for and properly represented. There are great things on the horizon for ole."
Ott says, "Because songs have careers it is our top priority to proactively market our songs to maximize sync and new media opportunities as well as new cuts for our songwriters. We are going to be extremely aggressive in this area." To accomplish this ole is rolling out a world-wide marketing strategy and has signed a reciprocal representation agreement with Music Supervisor, Art Ford of June Street Entertainment in Los Angeles, and retained the services of Shane Barrett for Nashville representation.
As for the future Laing says there are no limits to the opportunities. "We have a solid business plan, a highly talented team of people and the capital to build a world class publishing company. Simply put, our goal is to be the home for the best songwriters, composers, management talent and intellectual property investors and the first choice music source for creators in all media. In two words, we're majorly indie."