Morris Higham Management Inks Publishing Joint Venture, Signs Chase Wright

Pictured (L-R): Evyn Mustoe-ASCAP, Clint Higham-Morris Higham Management/Toby and Molly Music, Jeff Biederman-Manatt, Chase Wright, Robert Filhart-Morris Higham Management/Toby and Molly Music, TD Ruth-Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill LLP, Jesse Willoughby-Kobalt. Photo: Basak Kizilisik

Morris Higham Management is adding publishing to its list of client services, which already include music management, booking and production. Through a joint venture among MHM President Clint Higham, Kobalt Music and recent addition to MHM, publishing industry veteran and manager Robert Filhart, newly established Toby and Molly Music, LLC creates unique opportunities for writer/artist-friendly deals. The venture’s first signee is 22-year-old songwriter Chase Wright.

“It’s challenging for new artists to focus on their art when the stress of commerce and business occupies their days,” Higham says. “Logically it was the next step in the full-service model we offer our clients, intended so they have the freedom to focus on the music. We all benefit when that happens.”

Filhart first introduced Wright to MHM for management following months of development during his previous tenure at ASCAP.

“Chase’s voice paired with his work ethic and drive for entertaining really stuck out to me when we were first introduced to him over a year ago. This new publishing venture further enhances the artist/management experience while providing added value to their creative services needs.” Filhart says. “The names ‘Toby and Molly’ are to honor my father’s legacy as they were the first team of draft horses we had on our farm in Michigan. It represents a work ethic we should all strive to achieve in life.”

Known for creating unique models to further develop and benefit their roster, MHM’s Dale Morris and Higham recently partnered with Paradigm Talent Agency to expand the services previously included under their sister company, Dale Morris & Associates. For decades, MHM has guided the careers of iconic artists including trailblazers Alabama and eight-time Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, to recent successes of clients ranging from reigning ACM/CMA Group of the Year Old Dominion, as well as Michael RayBrantley GilbertCarly Pearce, and more.

Los Angeles-based attorney Jeff Biederman of Manatt’s law firm brought Kobalt into the partnership and oversees legal for Toby and Molly Music, LLC. Kobalt will oversee all administration services for the publishing company.

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