NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Justin Kalifowitz’s Downtown Music Publishing announced the acquisition of the catalog of the noted European independent music publisher Strictly Confidential.
The acquisition includes a catalog of more than 10,000 song copyrights across multiple languages and music genres, including pop, rock, R&B, dance, and world music which were written between 1987 and 2017. The catalog features music written or recorded by Balkan Beat Box, Bebel Gilberto, Carl Barât, Chromeo, Clarika, Deus, Editors, Élodie Frégé, Felix da Housecat, Jason Derulo, Julien Doré, Junior Jack, Mark Ronson, and others.
The acquisition does not include Strictly Confidential’s music publishing administration business, which will continue to be operated by its existing management team who will also be separately developing a catalog of new original music.
Established in Brussels in 1987 by Michel Lambot, Kenny Gates, and Pierre Mossiat as the publishing arm of the PIAT Group, Strictly Confidential has evolved into a stand-alone company and gained a reputation as one of the top indie music publishers and administrators in Europe.
“Building Strictly Confidential over the last three decades has been a labor of love for myself, Michel and Pierre, so we are delighted that it has found an amazing new home in Downtown Music Publishing. 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 catalog 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 catalogs, songwriters and composers,” said Kenny Gates, co-founder of Strictly Confidential.