Close Up: ole

Celebrating 10 Years as Majorly Indie: In October, hundreds of artists, songwriters, stakeholders and industry friends gathered at The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ole, the world’s fastest growing rights management company with investments of over $320 million in music intellectual property. Founded in 2004 with operations in Toronto (rock, country, pop/urban, etc.), Nashville (country) and Los Angeles (film/TV, pop/urban), ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development and worldwide rights management. ole, which brands itself as “majorly indie” via its blend of the infrastructure and reach of a major with the personal touch, creativity and caring of an indie, has a catalog that includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. The company boasts a team of 60 experienced industry pros focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide rights management.


Growing Stable of Songwriters: Copyrights under ole’s control include songs recorded by the Backstreet Boys, BeyoncО, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift and Timbaland. ole is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers, including Rush, Timbaland, Steven Tyler, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull and Marty Dodson. The company also has ongoing ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music and Jackoby Publishing

Ole-292Joint Venture with Timbaland: ole recently entered into a co-venture with Grammy winning, multi-Platinum hitmaking producer Timbaland. ole-bluestone is dedicated to finding and fostering songwriters and helping them reach their full potential through active creative development and worldwide copyright administration. The venture is a foundational part of the growth of ole’s developing pop/urban catalog. Leo Williams, General Manager of Creative (Los Angeles) says, “ole-bluestone has been a fantastic blend of Timbaland’s ear for talent with ole’s resources and creative development. It’s an exciting new chapter for ole. We’ve been signing some great new writers who are poised to take the industry by storm.”


By Jonathan Wildran