ole Names Kalsey Kulyk winner in Third Annual ‘on the spot’ Contest
First Row (L-R): on the spot winner Kalsey Kulyk, ole VP Creative John Ozier
Second Row (L-R): ole Senior Creative Director Ben Strain, ole Chairman & CEO Robert Ott, ole Creative Director Emily Mueller Olson, ole songwriter Gavin Slate, ole Senior Creative Director Mike Whelan, ole VP Corporate Affairs and Development Gilles Godard
TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 9, 2017) – ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, announced today that singer-songwriter Kalsey Kulyk was named the winner of ole’s 3rd annual on the spot competition, held during PotashCorp Canadian Country Music Week on September 9 at Village Guitar & Amp Co. in Saskatoon, SK.
After an impressive showcase before a panel of expert judges including, John Ozier, Mike Whelan, Ben Strain, Emily Olson, and Gavin Slate, the Hudson Bay native won a deal with artist development label red dot worth up to $40,000 that includes music publishing, EP recording production, YouTube audio-visual management, and support from ole’s world-class creative staff.
Last year’s on the spot winner, Maddison Krebs, thrilled the crowd with a performance of her first single, “Lives for Love,” released on Friday, September 8th on ole red dot. A video for the song also debuted at the event.
“It was so exciting to perform at this year’s on the spot,” said Maddison Krebs. “It feels like just yesterday I was honored to win the competition, and to be there to perform my first single was the perfect way to complete an incredible year. I’m thankful to ole and red dot for everything they’ve done to support me.”
Part of ole’s label services arm, red dot brings together ole’s broad infrastructure in support of talented developing artists, providing instant exposure and opportunities in a business where the development process often takes years. In its third year, on the spot has proven to be an exciting addition to this initiative, enhancing ole’s already formidable cross-border capabilities in Canada and the U.S.
Collaborations between ole and red dot have led to major label deals for ole country singer/songwriter/guitarists Josh Dorr and Charlie Worsham, as well as Travis Denning and Jordan Davis. In addition to these artists, the program is also developing artists such as Jacob Powell, Adam Hambrick, Haley Reinhart, and 2016 on the spot winner Maddison Krebs.
“At ole, we are committed to artist and songwriter development. The success that ole has experienced in upstreaming artists over the last several years is unprecedented and we look forward to building on that momentum with this years’ ‘on the spot’ winner,” says ole VP Creative, John Ozier.
on the spot featured live performances from 10 contestants who were selected as finalists. Entrants were required to submit two YouTube videos to the official on the spot website for consideration, one in which they performed an original song and another in which they played a cover song from the ole catalog.
Iman Sandimanie-Carroll, DiGennaro Communications
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $550M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 55,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.
ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Entertainment One, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including Jingle Punks, Cavendish Music, 5 Alarm Music, MusicBox,Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue. In September 2016, ole acquired rights management company Compact Media – which manages Audio-Visual Secondary Rights for more than 700 clients around the world – in a major deal that furthers ole’s commitment to delivering leading-edge IP rights management services across the globe.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 150+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O’Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley. ole has ongoing ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-Bluestone Publishing, ole’s venture with global hitmaker Timbaland. ole’s legacy catalogs and writers include Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.
ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label group. The division includes Anthem Entertainment Group, the label home of Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, Steven Page, The Tea Party. Anthem Legacy includes Max Webster, Ian Thomas, and artist development label red dot, which has developed and up-streamed artists including Charlie Worsham, Haley Reinhart, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, and Jordan Davis.
ole Digital is a full YouTube MCN partner for all media with over 12 billion views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.
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