NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Two cutting edge, independent and like-minded music companies, The really helpful group and Concord Bike Music, we’re joining forces today, and are proud to announce their innovative new partnership, designed to provide the best services to creators of musical theater works: The Musical Company (“TMC”).
Operating from the offices of Really Useful Group and Concord Bicycle Music in London and New York, respectively, TMC will be owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Concord Bicycle Music and The Really Useful Group.
TMC is also proud to announce the appointment of Sean Patrick Flahaven as Founding CEO, effective Monday October 3, 2016. Over the past eight years, Sean has enjoyed tremendous success as Warner’s SVP Theater and Catalog Development / Chappell Music. He’s been a producer on nine Grammy-nominated albums – including this year’s Grammy-winning, platinum-selling and chart-topping hit, Hamilton. Prior to Warner, he was a professional and amateur producer, music director, orchestrator, songwriter, playwright, and director.
Upon its inception, The Really Useful Group appointed TMC as its exclusive agent to manage the professional and amateur performance licenses of works jointly owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – Joseph and the Technicolor dream coat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita
as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s solo repertoire, including evergreen productions like The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Rock school, Starlight Express, and Sunset Boulevard. Lloyd Webber now has three Broadway shows simultaneously, as well as 36 first-class productions performed around the world.
On behalf of the company, CEO Jake Wisely and the talented Bicycle Music Company editing team will also manage and administer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s portfolio of original songs worldwide, including “Memory”, “The Music Of The Night “,” All I Ask Of You “,” The Phantom Of The Opera “,” Think About Me “,” Pie Jesu “,” Love Changes Everything “and hundreds more.
Comparably, Concord Bicycle Music currently manages songs and recordings from a diverse and eclectic portfolio of talent that includes Paul McCartney, George Harrison, James Taylor, Paul Simon, REM, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, St. Vincent, Miles Davis, Joan Sebastian, Robert Johnson, Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, Nine Inch Nails, Tony Bennett, Evanescence, Dwight Yoakam, The Traveling Wilburys and hundreds more.
At the launch of the partnership, Concord Bicycle Music also appointed TMC as manager of its interests in the works of Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch, including songs, film scores and musicals. A backing line, they play our song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet smell of success.
Announcing the news on behalf of the partners, Concord Bicycle Music President Steve Smith explains, “TMC is entering the market with a unique and superior skill set to support musical theater creators: professional and amateur licensing, editing of music and recording of the original cast. Exceptionally well capitalized. Rich asset. Under a roof. Worldwide. And determined to both create new opportunities and preserve the long-term value of the works of its authors and affiliated rights holders. ”
Andrew Lloyd Webber observes, “Steve Smith and his team at Concord Bicycle Music have distinguished themselves as proactive advocates of creators and custodians of the quality of the artistic heritage. We are extremely excited to work with them to create an exceptional, multidisciplinary theatrical music rights management company. ”
Smith continues, “Andrew Lloyd Webber is a rare breed as a songwriter and producer… it’s hard to imagine a better vote of confidence in our new venture than his commitment to handing over the administration of his repertoire to TMC. In addition, we will support his considerable personal commitment to the musical education of young people, which has opened up the world of musical theater to generations of young artists and theater lovers.
Flahaven comments, “I am delighted and honored to lead an exciting new business with unique and unparalleled service to established and next generation musical theater writers. Starting with these iconic catalogs and the support of Andrew, RUG and CBM gives us a formidable base from which to actively seek out new talent.
Lisbeth R. Barron, President and CEO of Barron International Group, LLC, initiated and executed the partnership transaction.
Concord bike music is one of the largest independent and fully integrated publishing and recorded music companies in the world. With offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville and Cleveland, Concord Bicycle Music’s portfolio of more than 10,000 active album recordings includes at least 243 Grammy winners and 370 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-certified releases. platinum. Concord Bicycle Music’s song repertoire includes over 120,000 copyrighted works and over 750 Billboard hits. Concord Bicycle Music is owned by Barings Alternative Investments, Sound Investors and seventy institutional and individual partners, including forty members of the company’s management team. Barings Alternative Investments is a leading investor in intellectual property assets including music, other copyrights, filmed content, patents and trademarks, with total assets under management of over 7.4 billions of dollars. At the forefront of the valuation, acquisition and use of intellectual property, Concord Bicycle Music’s investment underscores our partners’ belief in the enduring and appreciated global value of original entertainment content from superior quality.
The really helpful group is the theatrical production and rights licensing company of Andrew Lloyd Webber and controls the theatrical rights to all of Andrew’s works, including The Phantom of the Opera,
Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and School of rock – the musical. The Really Useful group reached over 20 million people around the world last year, from theater and live concert goers, moviegoers, music viewers and fans, to social media and music fans. art. This year, The Really Useful Group continues to work in film, television and theater producing and developing new projects and partnerships around the world, alongside its ongoing work in education, licensing amateurs and music publishing.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals, including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and
Sunset Boulevard. Rock school, a stage version of the film, is his latest musical and a Broadway hit with a London production premiere next month. His awards, both as composer and producer, include Seven Tonys, Seven Olives, Golden Globe, Oscar, Praemium Imperiale, Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater, BASCA Fellowship, Kennedy Center Honor and three Grammys, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting to music of the Latin Requiem Mass which contains one of his most famous compositions, jesu pie. It owns seven London theaters, including the Theater Royal, Drury Lane, the New London Theater and the London Palladium. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and was made an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997. He is passionate about the importance of music in education, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become the one of the UK’s leading charities supporting the arts. and music.
Sean Patrick Flahaven has 20 years of experience in creative and managerial roles in theater production, licensing and music publishing. For the past 8 years, Sean has served as Senior Vice President of Theater and Catalog Development for Warner / Chappell Music, where he has built a list of top theater songwriters and represented the majority of The Great American’s catalogs. Songbook. In addition, he oversaw Warner’s theatrical production and worldwide licensing, print / digital sheet music and orchestra rental. He’s been a producer on 19 albums, 9 of which have been nominated for the Grammys, including Hamilton, which won a Grammy, a platinum record and topped the charts. He has produced or managed over 100 shows for iconic institutions on and off Broadway and was Managing Director and Director of Music and Marketing for Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Editor-in-Chief of Music and Marketing for Music Theater International and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. As a playwright, composer and arranger, his work has been performed in the United States and at the Abbey Theater in Dublin. Sean has also served as Music Director, Arranger / Orchestrator and / or Music Copyist for 21 productions off Broadway and in the region. He has been a faculty member of the NYU-Tisch Graduate Music Theater Writing Program for 14 years, serves on the Board of Directors of the Music Publishers Association (Chair), ASCAP Symphony and Concert Committee, Dramatists Guild Music and Anti-Piracy Committees; and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Sean has graduated with several honors from Boston College, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Brooklyn College.