Music publishing veteran Pat Higdon announced plans to re-launched his Patrick Joseph Music today (8/7).
Originally founded as a joint venture with Warner/Chappell Music in ’89, Higdon will join forces with New York, Los Angeles and London-based SONGS Music Publishing, founded in 2004.
The venture will dedicate itself to writer services, acquisition of new writers, and exploiting catalogs and songs from Matraca Berg, Tim Mensy, Troy Verges, Gary Harrison, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Brett James.
“I’m excited about getting back to the creative end of the business which I enjoy the most,” said Higdon.
“Pat is widely recognized as one of Nashville’s most successful music publishers, and he has an incredible, illustrious history as an independent publisher and entrepreneur,” said SONGS Founder/CEO and NMPA Board Member, Matt Pincus. “It’s a pleasure and honor to be in business with Pat, re-launching the great Patrick Joseph Music as a destination for writers in Nashville.”
Founded in 2004, SONGS publishes and administers for Mighty Seven Songs (Crush Management) and Mom and Pop Music Publishing (Q Prime Management), JT Harding (co-writer “Somewhere with You” and “Alone With You”) and Sleigh Bells. SONGS maintains a writer roster including Diplo (Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, MIA, Major Lazer), Brian Lee (Lady Gaga, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen), Matt Thiessen (Relient K, Katy Perry, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen), Q-Tip, and publishes titles including “Good Time” (Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen), “Climax” (Usher), and a portion of the Pharrell Williams catalog.
Higdon has spent time with Nashville’s Woodland Sound, Cedarwood Publishing, MCA Music, rising to become MCA’s Vice President of Nashville operations. He served as Senior Director of Creative Services at Warner/Chappell Music, with whom he founded Patrick Joseph Music as a joint venture. A similar relationship was established in 1992 with Los Angeles-based Windswept Pacific Entertainment before spending the past 12 years at UMPG.
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