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BMG acquires Minder Music

By | Published on Wednesday 8 July 2015


I’m thinking of launching a column where we publish a list of every music company BMG hasn’t acquired, it would probably be quicker.

Yes, another day another BMG acquisition, and this time the music rights firm has bought itself London-based indie publisher Minder Music, last seen in these parts grabbing a stake in Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’, settling a lyric squabble with Ariana Grande and forcing a judge to muse on the clarity of Mark E Smith’s vocals. They also publish a stack of songs, including many seminal R&B works.

A number of songs in the Minder Music catalogue will actually be retained by another company owned by the publisher’s co-founder John Fogarty, who will also consult for BMG following the completion of the deal. But much of Minder’s catalogue will now sit with the bigger music company, as will recordings owned by is sister label Cavalcade.

Confirming the deal, BMG UK’s Executive Vice President Alexi Cory-Smith told reporters: “Minder truly is a wonderful catalogue and exemplifies the power of great songs to inspire new generations again and again. John Fogarty has a well-deserved reputation as a formidable defender of copyright and we are delighted that he will be joining us as a consultant”.

Fogarty himself added: “In just a short space of time, BMG has emerged as an effective digital age alternative to established music companies. Building Minder has been a labour of love, and there is a story behind the acquisition of each song. These songs were like my children and so I wanted a good new home for them and I know that they will be well looked after by BMG”.