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October 15, 2020

Nashville-based independent publishing company Mojo Music & Media has joined IMPEL – the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights.

Mojo Music was founded by Spirit Music Group founder Mark Fried, ex-Spirit Senior Vice President Peter Shane and Alan Wallis, an ex-Ernst & Young exec.

Mojo Music & Media’s catalog includes songs from rock bands such as KISS, REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick.

The company’s catalog also includes country classics from Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash and Elvis to Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney plus standards associated with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.

Since completing the acquisition of HoriPro Entertainment Group’s 15,000-song catalog in February 2019, Mojo has closed a further 18 transactions including a JV with London-based Chelsea Music, and catalog purchases of Los Angeles-based Emerald Forest Entertainment (Marilyn Manson, Sophie B Hawkins, Brownstone) and the works of Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and D.L. Byron (“Shadows Of The Night”).

The company has also concluded deals with veteran writer/artists Larry Gatlin and Terry McBride, as well as acquiring a co-publishing interest in the entire catalogue of Country Music legends, The Louvin Brothers.

IMPEL Collective Management is the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights.

It is 100% owned and controlled by its members, which include respected independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner Music, CTM, ABKCO, Truelove Music, Mute Song and Faber Music.

Mojo Music & Media Founder and COO Alan Wallis, said: “We are delighted to be joining IMPEL. The chance to work with other independent publishers under the IMPEL umbrella, supported by SACEM’s technology, is a very exciting prospect.

“The collective is good news not just for Mojo but independent music publishing generally.”

IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams, added: “We are delighted that Mojo has chosen to trust IMPEL with their valuable catalog and we are looking forward to working closely with Alan and his team to ensure that we do it justice.”

-Article by Murray Stassen at Music Business Worldwide, 10/14/2020