Kilometre Music Group & the Exploding Market for Song Rights
Michael McCarty & Gavin Brown discuss their new company, Kilometre Music Group, as well as the exploding market for song rights and Canadians' dominance on the music charts
On the podcast this week, Mike is joined by Michael McCarty, who spent at the last seven years as the chief membership officer at SOCAN following a legendary career in music publishing, as well as Juno-winning producer Gavin Brown (The Tragically Hip, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace). The reason they’re on together is because, along with their colleague Rodney Murphy, they’ve launched Kilometre Music Group, a new music rights management company with the stated mission of reclaiming “the financial rewards of the multi-decade worldwide 'Canadian music invasion' for the benefit of Canadian artists, investors, and culture."
Given some of the mega-deals that have made headlines recently, with major stars like Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks selling their song rights, McCarty and Brown discuss this exploding market for songs, as well as why Canada has punched above its weight for decades when it comes to writing and producing chart-topping hits, the dominance of BIPOC songwriters and producers, what they envision KMG’s role to be, and more.