Boosey inks deal with EMI Classics

Company can offer 'all-in-one' synchronization deal

LONDON -- Classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes has struck a worldwide deal to represent EMI Classics' master recordings for synchronization.

Through the new arrangement, unveiled Monday, Boosey & Hawkes will be in a position to offer an "all-in-one" sync deal, which will cover both publishing clearances and access to the classical label's masters. Boosey already represents the publishing copyrights for many EMI Classics recordings.

"Representing the master recordings of such a venerable label as EMI Classics is extremely exciting," said Natasha Baldwin, head of consultancy at Boosey & Hawkes. "These are some of greatest recordings ever made, and together with our huge range of publishing copyrights this agreement will allow us to present high quality sync packages to our clients."

EMI Classics is one of the best-known names in the business, having guided the careers of such classical greats as Enrico Caruso, Edward Elgar and Yehudi Menuhin, through to modern stars Placido Domingo, Nigel Kennedy, Simon Rattle, and crossover acts Vanessa Mae, British choral group Libera and the Croatian-born pianist Maksim Mrvica.

EMI Classics president Costa Pilavachi added, "All of us at EMI Classics look forward to the pleasure of working more closely with our friends at Boosey and Hawkes and to maximizing the natural synergies between our two companies."

Created in 1930 from two well-established British music businesses, Boosey owns the copyright to major 20th century music works including material by Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and Prokofiev. It also publishes many prominent contemporary composers such as Michael Nyman and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Imagem Music, the music publishing fund of CP Masters and Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, bought Boosey this year in a deal worth about 126 million pounds ($248.3 million).