Independent music rights org Round Hill Music has entered into an exclusive subpublishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music, it was announced on Wednesday. The global deal, which excludes the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and the Nordics, will see WCM administer Round Hill’s vast collection of copyrights, and explore new opportunities for its songs and writers, overseas.
Founded in 2010 by Josh Gruss, Richard Rowe and Neil Gillis, Round Hill’s catalog includes ubiquitous hits like "Happy Together," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart," among others, along with an artist and songwriter roster that includes Florida Georgia Line, Sleater-Kinney, Valerie Broussard, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) and Nashville hit-machine Ashley Gorley.
In late 2017, NYC-based Round Hill added the likes of Elvis Presley, AC/DC, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday and George Jones, as well as Broadway scores to Cabaret and Godspell, to the family when it finalized its acquisition of Carlin Music. In 2018, the firm beefed up its metal bonafides with a sizable stake in the Judas Priest catalog.
"In less than a decade, Round Hill has built an extraordinary collection of evergreen copyrights and iconic catalogs, while at the same time signing some of today’s most exciting and gifted songwriters," said Warner Chappell Music co-chair & CEO Guy Moot and co-chair & COO Carianne Marshall. "The global potential is enormous, and all of us at Warner Chappell around the world are thrilled to partner with Josh, Richard, Neil and the entire Round Hill team to find new avenues and audiences for this amazing body of work."
Round Hill Music president Neil Gillis added: "Carianne and Guy have a vision for Warner Chappell that works really well for the Round Hill catalog overseas. We know and respect their team, and we are looking forward to a long and wonderful partnership."