Big Deal + Cy Coleman’s Notable Music Ink Deal

Independent music publisher Big Deal Music Group announced today that they have entered into a long-term worldwide administration agreement with Notable Music, the company founded by legendary composer Cy Coleman in 1962.

Coleman, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 75, was a formidable composer, pianist and publisher.  A child prodigy pianist, he made his  Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 5 and wrote such classics as “Witchcraft,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Big Spender,” and “Hey Look Me Over,” among others.  He had major Broadway hit shows during the 1960s (“Wildcat,” “Little Me,” “Sweet Charity”), 1970s (“Seesaw,” “I Love My Wife,” “On the Twentieth Century”), 1980s (“Barnum,” “City of Angels”), and 1990s (“Will Rogers Follies,” “The Life”).  Coleman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981 and served on ASCAP’s Board of Directors for three decades.

The Notable Music catalog also includes works by Bobby Hebb, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Tift Merritt.

“Anchored by Cy Coleman’s enduring compositions, Notable Music is a wellspring of incredible writers and their songs,” said Big Deal Music Group Founder and President, Kenny MacPherson.  “I’m thrilled to welcome this amazing catalog into the Big Deal family.”

“Notable’s association with Kenny and his team goes back many years to when we worked together at Chrysalis,” said Shelby Coleman, Cy’s widow and President of Notable.  “We are thrilled to be back in such a creative environment and look forward to continuing to create new opportunities for the influential and hugely popular songs that Cy and the rest of the Notable writers have brought into the world.”

  • via Variety Magazine

NMPA Elects Big Deal’s Kenny MacPherson to Board of Directors!!

Big Deal Music Group founder Kenny MacPherson has been elected to the National Music Publishers Association’s Board of Directors.

As the President of Big Deal, MacPherson oversees all operations from their headquarters in Los Angeles including offices in New York, Nashville and London.

“We are extremely pleased to have Kenny MacPherson on our board,” said NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson.

“As a trailblazer in the music industry with incredible experience and a hugely respected and expanding company, Kenny will be an invaluable addition.”

Prior to forming Big Deal Music Group, MacPherson served as President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music Division North America, which he joined in 2001.

His team went on to sign acts such as Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, OutKast, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Afghan Whigs, Thom Yorke and Dan Wilson – plus producers such as Joe Henry, Ethan Johns, Daniel Lanois and Dave Sitek.

MacPherson continued to head Chrysalis N.A. until the parent company was bought by BMG in late 2010.

“We are very excited our Board has elected Kenny,” NMPA President & CEO David Israelite said.



“I know he is deeply passionate about protecting music creators, and I’m thrilled he will be at the table while we work towards that goal.”

Israelite added, “Kenny’s rapid growth of Big Deal is a testament to his skill at finding and shepherding talent. His history as a songwriter advocate and business innovator will be a huge asset to us as we work to improve the music licensing landscape so companies like his can thrive.”

MacPherson said: “I am honored to have been elected to serve alongside my peers at the NMPA.

“The NMPA plays a crucial role in advocating for the rights of songwriters and I am thrilled to be able to contribute in any way I can.”

MacPherson got his start in music publishing in the early 80s, forming Redhead Music Publishing a venture between Rondor music and Mismanagement, the company that managed Supertramp and other stars.

In 1989, he went to Warner/Chappell, running the company’s New York offices, later moving to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.

During his 13 years at WCM, MacPherson signed such prestigious artists as Radiohead, Underworld, Paul Westerberg, Afghan Whigs, BRMC and the Blue Nile.

via Music Business Worldwide

Welcome Cigarettes After Sex!!!

Cigarettes After Sex have signed a global publishing deal with independent publishers Peermusic and Big Deal Music Group.

The deal, which represents an unusual step in that it involves two separate publishers, is the result of a joint venture between the two organizations. The bespoke agreement covers the group’s sole songwriter Greg Gonzalez and the band’s entire catalogue.

Ed Harris, who manages the band on behalf of Blue Raincoat Artists, said: “Working with two of the leading independent publishers at the same time is really about as close as you can get to a dream come true scenario. We’ve got an independent publishing team that spans virtually every territory in the world, comprised of some of the most talented executives in the business. The fact that Peermusic and Big Deal Music both agreed to work with the band is a testament to the creative thinkers that make up these two great publishing companies.”

Kenny MacPherson, CEO and founder, Big Deal Music Group, said: “Cigarettes After Sex have captured the attention of music fans all over the world, and in a very short time has developed a global touring and sales base that is a reflection of their creativity and artistry. We are so excited to be able to come together with our friends at Peermusic, who are our sub-publisher in most territories around the world, to develop a unique team structure to help the band through the next phase of their career.”

Peermusic president Kathy Spanberger added: “The immense talent and level of songwriting in Cigarettes After Sex is undeniable to anyone who’s ever heard the band. We’re thrilled to be working with Kenny and our partners at Big Deal because we know from experience that they share our do-whatever-it-takes mindset to help the band attain even greater success all over the world.”


  • via Ben Homewood at Music Week

And The Writer Is…Season 2!

The complete Season 2 of And The Writer Is…With Ross Golan is now available on all podcast platforms. Big Deal Music is proud to be a producing partner on the podcast and is looking forward to 2018 with Ross and Joe! Visit for more information.