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Bug Music

Founded Year



Acq - Fin | Alive

Total Raised






About Bug Music

Bug Music is a music publisher that manages copyrights for Wilco, Ryan Adams, and the estates of Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others. In 1975, founder Dan Bourgoise decided to manage the music copyrights and career of his friend Del Shannon, and Bug Music was born. In 2007, the company acquired the Windswept Music and Trio/Quartet catalogs, adding about 250,000 copyrights, including the songs Fever, What a Wonderful World, and The Real Slim Shady.

Headquarters Location

7750 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, California, 90046,

United States


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Latest Bug Music News

BMG to Pay $300M for Bug Music

Sep 12, 2011

BMG to Pay $300M for Bug Music September 12, 2011 BMG Rights Management will pay about $300 million to buy Los Angeles song publisher Bug Music, beating out bidders including American Idol creator Simon Fuller, Reuters reported. Bug Music owns the rights to songs including “What a Wonderful World” and “Under The Boardwalk.” The company is currently owned by Spectrum Equity Investors. BMG Rights is a joint venture of giant German media company Bertelsmann and private equity firm KKR. (Reuters) – BMG Rights Management said on Monday it would pay around $300 million to buy Bug Music, a Los Angeles song publisher whose catalog includes hits such as “What a Wonderful World” and “Under The Boardwalk.” BMG Rights reached the deal with Bug Music’s owner, private equity firm Spectrum Equity Investors. The deal values Bug Music at around $300 million, according to two people familiar with the process. With a catalog of more than 250,000 songs the auction for Bug Music had attracted interest from a range of bidders including American Idol creator Simon Fuller, Ole Music and Sony/ATV, a joint venture between Sony Corp and the estate of late pop star Michael Jackson. BMG Rights is a joint venture of giant German media company Bertelsmann [BERT.UL] and private equity firm KKR (KKR.N). The deal is expected to close in October. Even as global recorded music sales have tumbled in recent years, song catalogs have kept or increased their value because they can earn revenue from a wider variety of licensing sources than record sales. Fund managers and investors like pension funds and private equity firms have been attracted by song publishers’ relatively stable cash flows. Earlier this year, Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik paid $3.3 billion to take control of Warner Music Group, whose assets include the music publisher Warner/Chappell. Blavatnik is now among contenders for EMI Music’s recording and publishing assets with final bids due by the end of this month, according to several sources. BMG Rights and Sony/ATV are also known to be interested in EMI, but are more focused on EMI’s publishing catalog. (Reporting by Yinka Adegoke; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Maureen Bavdek) © 2015 Buyouts Insider / Argosy Group LLC

Bug Music Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Bug Music founded?

    Bug Music was founded in 1975.

  • Where is Bug Music's headquarters?

    Bug Music's headquarters is located at 7750 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

  • What is Bug Music's latest funding round?

    Bug Music's latest funding round is Acq - Fin.

  • How much did Bug Music raise?

    Bug Music raised a total of $224M.

  • Who are the investors of Bug Music?

    Investors of Bug Music include BMG Rights Management, KKR, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Spectrum Equity and Crossroads Media.

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