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Downtown Music buys Strictly Confidential songs catalogue

By | Published on Tuesday 14 May 2019

Downtown Music Publishing

Downtown Music Publishing remains in an acquisitive mood and has bought the catalogue of European songs business Strictly Confidential. That publisher, which began life as the publishing division of indie label [PIAS] back in 1987, has over 10,000 songs in its catalogue cutting across multiple languages and genres.

“For more than 30 years, Strictly Confidential has set a gold standard in copyright management and artistic development”, reckons Downtown boss Justin Kalifowitz. “Building upon Downtown’s investments in the EU and UK, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this wonderfully diverse song catalogue into our global portfolio”.

The deal covers the catalogue Strictly Confidential built up over the 30 years between 1987 and 2017. It doesn’t include Strictly Confidential’s newer signings or its publishing admin business, which will continue to operate as a standalone entity called Strictly Songs.

Strictly Confidential’s co-founder Kenny Gates says: “Justin Kalifowitz and his team are passionate about the music and respectful of the legacy, and we feel sure that they are the right people to take the catalogue forward. We are equally excited to be launching Strictly Songs as the new home for our music publishing interests and to be continuing our work as sub-publishers to some of the world’s best catalogues, songwriters and composers”.