ole Ventures Into Nashville with Roots Three Music
Effective immediately, ole is pleased to announce it has partnered with the Toronto-based RGK Entertainment Group for its latest international co-venture: ole/Roots Three Music.
Under terms of the agreement, ole/Roots Three Music has opened a Nashville office in conjunction with RGK Entertainment Group on Music Row and will dedicate its efforts to songwriting and artistic development.
Through this co-venture, ole will finance the development deals that Roots Three enters into and administer the right worldwide. Ole will promote resulting songs for placement in television and film projects and other sync opportunities as well as promoting outside cuts via its songplugging infrastructure.
"The ole/Roots Three Music plan is to develop artists out of Nashville," says Ron Kitchener, founder and president of Roots Three Music, a division of RGK Entertainment Group.
"We are seeking talented artists, Canadian or otherwise, to develop them in the world's greatest songwriting community: Nashville. Roots Three Music will utilize a strong network of established writers and these associations will hopefully allow our young writers to grow and blossom into recording artists."
Kitchener, who will divide his time between Toronto and Nashville, says he hopes to secure two or three signings in 2006.
Roots Three Music currently administers Marquette Ave Music, a catalogue that includes songs written by award-winning Nashville-based songwriter Denny Carr ("Born Again In Dixieland," " She Hasn't Always Been This Way") as well material written by the Manitoba-based duo of Doc Walker's Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson ("North Dakota Boy," "The Show Is Free") and numerous other individual titles.
In total, 131 songs will be added to the ole music publishing rights stable through joint ownership with Roots Three Music, including "Rocket Girl," the 2003 Canadian Country Music Association SOCAN Song Of The Year written by Jason McCoy and Denny Carr and recorded by 2004 CCMA Group Of The Year Doc Walker; The Road Hammers' "I'm A Road Hammer" and Jason McCoy's "I Feel A Sin Comin' On."
The new office, located at 1227 16th Avenue South, in Nashville, Tennessee, is currently open for business.
As a result of the co-venture, both Roots Three Music and ole will supply their own Nashville office staff, working autonomously but converging for any and all joint projects. The ole contingent includes Shane Barrett -- the company's current Nashville representative -- song plugger Tammy Brown and Norbert Nix, responsible for acquisitions.
Denny Carr has been named Roots Three Music creative director and Kitchener says one more staff member will be hired, with RGK Entertainment's Toronto office offering additional support.
Kitchener said he was proud to share and participate in ole's aggressive vision.
"We are excited to partner our strengths with such an internationally driven and focused team as ole," stated Roots Three Music's Ron Kitchener. "ole has made significant inroads in a short period of time as a big picture thinking company and we couldn't be more pleased to align with Rob, Tim Laing and the fine team at ole.
"At RGK we have always been globally driven so this partnership continues that trend of seeking ways to open new markets and revenue streams for country music. Our artists will have opportunities for their recordings and copyrights to be represented worldwide."
For his part, ole managing partner Robert Ott says the synergy created by the new partnership should generate some exciting new opportunities.
"Ron Kitchener is the foremost talent development force in Canadian country music," comments Robert Ott, ole managing partner. " ole is excited to embark on this co-venture with Roots Three Music that brings Ron's energy and vision to our team.
"ole is committed to country music and to great songs and it's a perfect fit for us to join Ron's emerging company at the leading edge of country artist/songwriter development as Roots Three Music and ole expand into the U.S."
About RGK Entertainment
Named CCMA Manager Of The Year in 1998, 2002-2005, Toronto-based Ron Kitchener first established RGK Entertainment Group in 1994. A management company representing some of Canada's hottest and award-winning country music entertainers including Jason McCoy, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Corb Lund and Johnny Reid, RGK Entertainment Group also holds interests in recording and publishing properties. Open Road Recordings, founded by Kitchener in 2003, is a successful co-venture label deal with Toronto-based companies Maple Music Recordings and Universal Music Canada that was twice named CCMA Independent Record Label Of The Year in 2004 and 2005. The Open Road roster includes Jason McCoy, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Johnny Reid, The Wilkinsons, Adam Harvey and Jake Mathews. Roots Three Music, founded by Kitchener in 2000, represents the Marquette Avenue publishing catalogue and administers the catalogues of Manitoba songwriters Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson. The RGK Entertainment Group website is located at www.rgk.ca.
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher. Founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing, the company has initial financing of over $100 million dollars. ole boasts an experienced team of some 18 industry professionals involved in acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. The ole catalogue includes over twenty thousand songs across all genres ranging from pop, to country, to urban to rhythm & blues and soul. ole has completed some 19MM USD in new acquisitions over the past year including purchases of the, Balmur, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors and David Tyson catalogues. Recent cuts include the lead-off single "Shoes" by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Sean Paul's "Change The Game" and "He Ain't Even Cold Yet" by Gretchen Wilson. Additionally, ole has concluded publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, Shaftesbury Films, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment and Slanted Wheel. ole is the Canadian administrator for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush. The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, James Huff and Scarlett and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing a division of Last Gang Records bringing West Coast rocker Panurge and Kinnie Starr to the roster. At ole the 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. The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com