Sentric Music has acquired a stake in boutique electronic music publishing company Black Rock.
Co-founded by former AFEM CEO Mark Lawrence (pictured), Black Rock Publishing provides artist publishing, neighbouring rights representation and record label rights management services for artists and companies working in the electronic music genre.
The deal will see the Black Rock company and brand be maintained within Sentric, while Lawrence will join Sentric’s executive team.
Kirsty Lawrence will also be joining Sentric, retaining her duties as the day-to-day contact for Black Rock’s clients.
The acquisition will mean that Black Rock’s label, management and artist clients will be able to tap into Sentric’s global resource and infrastructure including its sync and administration services.
Black Rock currently looks after a range of artists including Roni Size, GotSome, Danny Howard, Rodriguez Jr, Matador, Felix Da Housecat, DJ Sneak, and Harry Romero.
It also works with labels such as Toolroom, mobilee, Snatch! and Full Cycle.
“Mark’s reputation in the world of electronic music is second to none. To be able to bring both him and Kirsty into the Sentric team is a big opportunity for us.”
Chris Meehan, Sentric Music
Mark Lawrence said: “Black Rock grew at such a rapid rate that, having worked with Sentric since we launched in 2013, it made complete sense to formally join forces. Having Black Rock within Sentric Music gives us access to more people and great technology, allowing us to pass efficiency gains through to our writer, publisher and label partners. I am looking forward to delivering new services for electronic music producers and labels and continuing to transform the ways in which royalties are collected and our genre is promoted.”
Sentric Music CEO Chris Meehan said: “Mark’s reputation in the world of electronic music is second to none. To be able to bring both him and Kirsty into the Sentric team is a big opportunity for us. We look forward to helping Black Rock’s longstanding clients take their music and businesses to the next level, allowing them to plug into Sentric’s global reach and industry leading infrastructure.”
Founded in 2006, Liverpool-based Sentric Music now has offices in London, Hamburg, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles.Music Business Worldwide