Big Deal Music Group Inks Sub-Publishing Agreement With peermusic

Pictured (bottom row, L-R): Ralph Peer II, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, peermusic; Mary Megan Peer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, peermusic; Kenny MacPherson, CEO, Big Deal; Kathy Spanberger, President & Chief Operating Officer, peermusic Anglo American Region. (Top row, L-R): Dave Ayers, Executive Vice President/Partner, Big Deal; Kim McCollum-Mele, President, Words & Music; Neville Quinlan, MD, peermusic Canada; Casey Robison, Senior Vice President A&R/Partner Big Deal Music

Los Angeles-based independent publisher peermusic has completed a long-term sub-publishing agreement to represent the music copyrights controlled by Big Deal Music Group, including Nashville firm Words & Music for the world, excluding the United States, France, Australia, and Africa.

As their sub-publisher, peermusic will work to maximize all creative opportunities for Big Deal’s clients in all local markets as well as provide them with the first class administration for which peermusic is known.

Through the deal, peermusic will work with Big Deal Music Group’s diverse and contemporary portfolio which includes the works of 10,000 Maniacs; Afghan Whigs; Beach House; The Black Angels; Brad Tursi; Brett Beavers; Dan Wilson; Dave Sardy; Ethan Johns; FIDLAR; Jim James; Joe London; John Ryan; Kamasi Washington; Local Natives; My Morning Jacket; Nick Lowe; Pavement; Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Ray LaMontagne; Sharon Van Etten; Sleater-Kinney; St. Vincent; Sylvan Esso; Teddy Geiger and many more.

“I have admired what peermusic has stood for and built over the years. As a family business, they have embodied the independent spirit of music publishing, something we’re striving to emulate. It takes great people to build great companies and we’re thrilled to call them partners.” said Kenny MacPherson, Big Deal Music Group. “This partnership has nothing to do with the fact that Ralph maintains a world class wine cellar!” he added.

Kathy Spanberger, President, peermusic commented: “In many ways, Kenny and his team are kindred spirits to us – they are committed, truly independent publishers who exist to serve their writers. This deal allows us to help maximize opportunities for an incredible roster of songwriters with business partners that we deeply respect.”



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