ole Partners with Liz Rose Music on Exclusive Co-Publishing Deal with Phil Barton

From L - R: Mike Whelan, Noah McPike, John Ozier, Liz Rose, Scott Ponce, Phil Barton, Gilles Godard, Alyson McAnallly, Lauren Lieu, Brad Beausir, Ben Strain

TORONTO, ON - Today, June 20, ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint publishing arrangement with Liz Rose Music to sign Phil Barton.

“We are pleased to have Phil finally signed here at ole. He is a great writer; has always been a friend of ole, and his enthusiasm and incredible work ethic amazes me. We look forward to celebrating many hit singles together,” commented Gilles Godard, ole’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Business Development.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Phil Barton in conjunction with Liz Rose Music. Phil’s work ethic and talent have him poised for more success in both the US and abroad,” added John Ozier, Vice President, Creative for ole.

Phil Barton has written songs for a host of top Country artists, including Lee Brice’s #1 Hit single, “A Woman Like You”, as well as the current LOCASH single, “Don’t Get Better than That”, which continues to climb the US Billboard Country charts. In 2015, Phil contributed the song “Cowboys Duty” to the movie Sicario which was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Original Score. In addition to writing with Liz Rose, Phil also collaborates with a number of ole songwriters including Meghan Patrick and Gord Bamford.

“I’m extremely excited to join the team at ole and merge together with the great folks at Liz Rose Music. I love the passion for international markets at ole and look forward to exploring new opportunities with them,” said Phil Barton, “I’m excited for this new chapter of songs with the ole and Liz Rose Music teams.”

“We are beyond excited to continue working with the incredibly talented Phil Barton, and even more thrilled to add ole as our partner in this endeavor,” stated Scott Ponce, President, Liz Rose Music. Everyone at Liz Rose Music is looking forward to the opportunities and future successes this new venture will create."

Liz Rose is best known for her work with Taylor Swift where she co-wrote sixteen of Swift’s officially released songs, including “White Horse” which won her and Swift a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Country Song. Liz won the award again in 2016 for her co-write on Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” which also won Song of the Year at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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About ole ole is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $550M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 55,000 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, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.

ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Entertainment One, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including: JINGLE PUNKS, Cavendish MUSIC, 5 ALARM MUSIC, MusicBox, Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue. In September 2016, ole acquired rights management company COMPACT MEDIA - which manages Audio-Visual Secondary Rights for more than 700 clients around the world - in a major deal that furthers ole's commitment to delivering leading-edge IP rights management services across the globe.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 150+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include: Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O'Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley. 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's legacy catalogs and writers include: Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.

ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label group. The division includes: anthem, the label home of: Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Steven Page and The Tea Party; anthem LEGACY, which houses legendary catalogues by such artists as: Stompin' Tom Connors, Max Webster, Lighthouse and Ian Thomas, and red dot, which has released, developed and up-streamed artists including: Haley Reinhart, George Canyon, Austin Jenckes, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, Maddison Krebs and Jordan Davis.

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