Lance Freed Named As President Of Newly Formed Blackbird Music Publishing Group
Blackbird Presents, Keith Wortman and The Raine Group are excited to announce the appointment of legendary music publishing executive Lance Freed as President of Blackbird Music Publishing Group. Freed previously was President of Rondor Music International where he led the building and scaling of that company into the largest independent music publisher in the world, resulting in its sale to Universal Music Publishing Group. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville, Blackbird Music Publishing Group promises to establish itself as a powerhouse in the music publishing industry.
Blackbird Music Publishing Group is further thrilled to announce it has acquired the administration rights to the famed music catalog of Burt Bacharach. With over 400 songs, including timeless classics such as “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “What’s New Pussycat,” “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” the Academy, Golden Globe and GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter, musician and composer had one of the most sought after catalogues in the industry. Indeed, Bacharach was proclaimed music’s “Greatest Living Composer” by The Recording Academy, with his songs recorded by the likes of The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, and Aretha Franklin, to name just a few.
“Music publishing is a natural next step for us given that our work across film, television, concerts, and festivals enables us to offer incredible opportunities to songwriters. There was only one name on the list for us to lead this effort and it was Lance Freed. Lance is the most thoughtful and creative music publishing executive in our industry, and I am thrilled that he has joined the Blackbird Presents family,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.
“I am thrilled to join Keith, Blackbird Presents and The Raine Group as President of Blackbird Music Publishing Group. My entire career has been predicated on providing total, complete, personal focus on songwriters and their songs. Now I get to continue that journey and also provide a range of remarkable strategic and financial opportunities to songwriters given the similar philosophy and assets of my new partners,” says Lance Freed, President of Blackbird Music Publishing Group.
“We are thrilled that Lance has joined the Blackbird Presents Family. We look forward to supporting him as he leads our strategic expansion into music publishing,” says Co-Founder and Partner of The Raine Group Jeff Sine.