Independent music publisher Reservoir has signed a new partnership with management company Big Life Management and its music publishing arm Big Life Music.
As part of the agreement, Reservoir will acquire a stake in Big Life Music's 3,000+ copyrights from an eclectic roster of songwriters, whilst also expanding its business operations to include artist management activities.
Big Life Management was formed in 1986 by co-founder and CEO Tim Parry and the late Jazz Summers. Since then it has worked with the likes of The Verve, Snow Patrol, Badly Drawn Boy, London Grammar, La Roux, Walking on Cars, Coldcut, Lisa Stansfield, Yazz, Jacknife Lee, Youth, The Futureheads, and Klaxons among others.
Meanwhile, the current Big Life Music roster of songwriters includes Archive, Cloud Castle Lake, The Coronas, Mick Flannery, Yehan Jehan, Joe Cross, John Ainsworth, Drew McConnell, Neon Indian, WILLS and Youth among others, as well as JNTHN STEIN and Shelter Point (with Bakery Publishing). The catalogue counts works written by Bless Beats, Joe Cross, Badly Drawn Boy, The Futureheads, Seb Rochford and The Verve among its titles.
Reservoir COO Rell Lafargue said, “We have a longstanding relationship with Big Life and have been discussing ways of working together for some time. Helping the company build on the success of its publishing activity and working closely with them to develop interesting new opportunities in the artist management sector is a natural fit for us and we are excited to be working with Tim and his team.“
You can read our exclusive interview with Reservoir managing director, Annette Barrett, on what the deal means for the company here.
Picture (L-R): Rell Lafargue (COO, Reservoir Media), Annette Barrett (MD, Reservoir/Reverb Music), Tim Parry (CEO, Big Life), Spek (SVP, creative and A&R, Reservoir Media), Golnar Khosrowshahi (founder & president, Reservoir Media)