EMI Music taps Boosey & Hawkes to represent legendary Blue Note label for synch exploitation


Mumbai: EMI Music has tapped Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing to represent legendary jazz imprint Blue Note Records for synchronization of its master recordings on a global basis. EMI appointed Boosey & Hawkes for its expertise in jazz repertoire as Blue Note celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1939, Blue Note has become one of the definitive jazz labels boasting a catalogue of classic recordings and works by many of the true giants of the genre, including legends , John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis as well as living legend Cassandra Wilson.

Boosey & Hawkes, is perhaps best known for being the largest specialist classical music publishing company in the world. In addition to Boosey & Hawkes’ catalogue of classical music copyrights, including the works of distinguished composers like Stravinsky, Bartók, Copland, Britten, Prokofieff, Strauss and Rachmaninoff among many others, the company also has a formidable existing Jazz roster, including works by the likes of Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, Andrew Hill, Paquito D’Rivera and Chick Corea.

"We knew Blue Note’s 70th anniversary this year represented a unique opportunity for synchronization of the label’s legendary recordings. Boosey & Hawkes has a great track record and unique specialization in the jazz genre for synch, and we are pleased to have them give the Blue Note repertoire a full-court press approach," said EMI Music worldwide EVP of Brand Partnerships, Licensing and Synch Cynthia Sexton.

Boosey & Hawkes head consultancy Natasha Baldwin said, "This is an amazing coup for Boosey & Hawkes. Blue Note Records is a legendary label that has been instrumental in charting the course of jazz history and, alongside our existing classical roster, and the fact that we are continuing to strengthen our contemporary music offering, we are now able to provide an extremely diverse and compelling service to our many synch clients."

 Jazz & Standards promotion executive is equally enthusiastic stating, "Representing the catalogue of Blue Note Records will allow the synch team to work with music written by some of the most iconic and legendary figures in the history of music."

Under this new agreement, Boosey & Hawkes can now offer master recording sourcing and clearance for many of their existing Jazz copyrights, which enables them to provide combined publishing and master synch solutions.

Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall said, "I’m extremely pleased that Boosey & Hawkes will be working closely with Cynthia Sexton and me in representing the Blue Note catalogue for synchronization rights and clearance for many of our Jazz copyrights.  Having their knowledgeable staff join our team as we begin our 70th anniversary year will be a true asset.  I look forward to a positive creative relationship and a very productive future together."