ole Makes Inaugural Contribution to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

ole presents a $50K contribution to The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Pictured (L-R) Mike Dye, NASHOF Finance Chair; ole CEO Robert Ott; Ken Paulson, NASHOF Board Vice Chair; Pat Alger, NASHOF Board Chair; ole COO Lou Ragagnin; ole CCO Gilles Godard. (Photo: Steve Lowry)

April 15, 2013 12:44 ET

ole Makes Inaugural Contribution to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 15, 2013) -

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ole, the world's fastest growing independent music publisher, has contributed $50,000 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NASHOF), which is set to open in May as part of the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville. Visitors will be able to see, hear and learn about the contributions and work of Nashville's best songwriters. ole CEO Robert Ott, COO Lou Ragagnin and CCO Gilles Godard were recently on hand to present the check to board members from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation.

"ole, the Majorly Indie, came through in a major way for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame capital campaign with a $50,000 contribution," stated NASHOF Chair Pat Alger. "Robert Ott, Lou Ragagnin and Gilles Godard believe that being a part of the Nashville community means supporting worthy ideas that celebrate the unique contributions of our artists and songwriters. We are proud to have them as the only independent publisher on our wall of benefactors."

ole began operations on 16th Avenue in Nashville eight years ago and, since that time, has worked to be a supporter of the Nashville music community, investing in current songwriter development and catalogs with the goal of adding value to both. Since inception, ole has amassed some 20,000 Country songs via acquisitions, such as those of Jody Williams Music, Blacktop Music Group, Balmur, Encore, Frank Myers and Richie McDonald. Throughout, the company has committed to developing up-and-coming songwriters like Ryan Tyndell and Charlie Worsham as well as working with established writers like Monty Powell, Marty Dodson, Bruce Wallace, Brett Jones and Dave Turnbull.

ole's on-going commitment to the Nashville songwriting community includes the company's involvement with the Nashville Screenwriter's Conference, which brings world-class music supervisors from Hollywood to Music Row. ole is also a multi-year sponsor of the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival which benefits the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

About ole:

ole is the world's fastest growing independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 45 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. ole has recently entered the Production Music space with the acquisition of MusicBox and Auracle, which have operations in NY, Toronto and LA.

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past six years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse". Other recent notable ole awards include: Academy of Country Music (ACM) 2012 Song of the Year Award for "Crazy Girl" (Liz Rose/Lee Brice); SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award Busytown Mysteries (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $150MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs such as: Timbaland, Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Richie MacDonald, Balmur, Keith Follese, Brett Jones, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 60+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include: the Justin Timberlake international hit "Suit & Tie" (Timbaland), 2013 multi song of the year nominee "Springsteen" (Ryan Tyndell),Taylor Swift singles "Fearless," "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears; Pink's "U + Ur Hand"; "Sexyback," "My Love," and "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake; "Say it Right" and "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado; "Start a Band" by Brad Paisley with Keith Urban; "That's How Country Boys Roll" by Billy Currington; "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore; "It's Gonna Be Me" from *N Sync; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Legendary Child" by Aerosmith; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That".

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox libraries. With 10 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform. Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

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