ole Wins Eighth Consecutive CCMA Award for Music Publishing Company of the Year


From left to right: Ben Strain (ole Creative Director), Gilles Godard (ole VP Business Development), Emily Mueller (ole Creative Manager), Kathryn Gatto (ole, EA to CEO Robert Ott), Robert Ott (ole CEO), Lou Ragagnin (ole COO), John Ozier (ole GM Creative, Nashville), and Jim Selby (ole SVP, Digital).

A total of 10 CCMAs associated with ole

TORONTO, CANADA--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2014) -

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On the occasion of the company's 10th anniversary, ole continued its unprecedented win streak for an independent company at the 2014 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs), taking the Music Publishing Company of the Year Award for the eighth consecutive year.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the Canadian Country Music Association as we celebrate our 10th anniversary," said Robert Ott, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ole. "Ever since we started ole, we have been dedicated to providing an independent home with a major-label reach for our songwriters, and we remain committed to great songs and songwriters on both sides of the border."

ole songwriters dominated the rest of the award categories. Gord Bamford won the awards for Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for "When Your Lips Are So Close." Bamford's CMT special "Christmas in Canada" was also named Country Music Program or Special of the Year.

Dean Brody (ole/Roots Three) won his third Album of the Year for Crop Circles, which was also awarded Album Design of the Year.

The company's roster also made its presence felt on the Fans' Choice Award ballot, as Johnny Reid chalked up his fifth win in a category that was stacked with ole nominees in four of the five available slots. Reid also took home the award for Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year for the album A Christmas Gift to You.

Lindi Ortega (ole/Last Gang) won her first CCMA award for Roots Artist of the Year. Other nominated ole songwriters were George Canyon and Jeff Coplan.

ole also congratulates Jim Cressman of Invictus Entertainment Group, which just launched a new venture with ole, Bankable Star Music Publishing, who was honored with the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year award.

ole also hosted its 10th annual Saloon Jam event, an exclusive invite-only party following the CCMA Awards ceremony. Having grown into a Canadian Country Music Week tradition, the celebration boasted performances from Bamford, Brody, Ortega, Road Hammers, Paul Brandt, Tim Hicks, Hey Romeo, Brett Kissell, One More Girl, Wes Mack, Jason Blaine, Beverly Mahood, and Corey Marquardt as well as appearances Autumn Hill, Kira Isabella, Sam Hunt, Smalltown Pistols, and Tebey.

In addition, ole held a special party commemorating Bamford's song "When Your Lips Are So Close" reaching #1 on the Billboard Canada Country Chart. Bamford was presented with a plaque to mark the milestone, capping off a big weekend in which he also announced that he has signed a record deal with the American arm of Sony Music Entertainment.

About ole:

ole is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $320M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole's control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland. ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DHX, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana and Nu Image/Millennium. MusicBox, the Production Music division of ole, provides quality content and service to creators in all media with over 150,000 tracks in its library.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Rush, Timbaland, Steven Tyler, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull and Marty Dodson. ole has ongoing Ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing and most recently ole-bluestone Publishing, ole's venture with global hitmaker Timbaland.

ole is proud to be associated with its bank partners SunTrust, JP Morgan Securities, CIT Finance, Fifth Third Bank, Avenue Bank, City National Bank and OneWest Bank.

ole is committed to being the world's best and most innovative Rights Management Company and the preferred destination for IP Investors and Creators in all Media.

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