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Spirit expands into UK via B-Unique alliance

By | Published on Thursday 13 August 2015

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US-based independent music publisher the Spirit Music Group will open a new London office via an alliance with UK indie label and publishing company B-Unique. The UK-based operation will be headed up by B-Unique founders Martin Toher and Mark Lewis and will be called Spirit B-Unique.

Under the deal, Toher and Lewis will look for new opportunities for the Spirit catalogue in Europe, while Spirit will work the B-Unique songs repertoire elsewhere. The new venture will also seek to sign new songwriting talent.

Spirit Chairman David Renzer confirmed the deal thus: “The UK is an incredibly important market in music and we’ve long viewed it as a key part of Spirit’s long-term global growth plan. Year in and year out, it produces some of the world’s greatest musical talents, and opening a dedicated UK office positions Spirit to capitalise on the abundant creative opportunities that exist there. Our day-to-day operations are in great hands with Martin and Mark, who are two of the best creative executives in the business”.

For his side in the deal, Toher said: “Founding B-Unique and developing it into a successful label and publisher has been some of the most fulfilling work of my career, and I couldn’t imagine a better home for B-Unique’s songwriters than Spirit. Their international reach, creative strength, and administrative resources make them an incredible business partner and a huge asset for a songwriter. I can’t wait to get to work with David and his team and I’m excited to be part of Spirit’s expansion into the UK”.