USM Songs acquires Rock Music Company

Tom Pakinkis
USM Songs

British publishing firm USM Songs has acquired Rock Music Company Ltd. ahead of Midem 2013.

Founded by Peter Barnes in the early 1970s, The Rock Music publishing company contains copyrights from songwriters and artists including Nick Lowe, The Damned, Syd Barrett, Hawkwind and Eddie And The Hot Rods.

The catalogue includes many hit songs including, Cruel To Be Kind and I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass recorded by Nick Lowe, New Rose and Neat Neat Neat by The Damned, I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock N’ Roll) and Here Comes The Weekend recorded by Dave Edmunds, Wot by Captain Sensible and Milk and Alcohol by Dr. Feelgood.

Peter Barnes will maintain his involvement with Rock Music under a consultancy and advisory arrangement with USM Songs.

“I first met Peter when I started in the music publishing business as a sixteen year old,” said USM Songs MD Martin Costello, speaking about the acquisition. “I grew up to the songs of the Rock Music catalogue. I am very proud that Peter has entrusted the future well-being of his company to USM Songs.”

Formed in February of last year, USM Songs is a joint venture between Union Square Music and Costello, the former MD of Complete Music.

In 2012, USM Songs and sister company USM Publishing secured deals including representation of the catalogues of The Farm, Stiff Little Fingers, The Go-Betweens, Charles Mingus, Swing Out Sister and the award winning UK songwriter Russ Ballard.


Tags: Publishing, USM Songs, Rock Music Company

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