Sentric Music has acquired a stake in boutique electronic music publisher Black Rock.
Black Rock, which was co-founded by former Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) chief executive Mark Lawrence (pictured), provides artist publishing, neighbouring rights representation and record label rights management services for electronic artists and companies.
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.
Black Rock currently looks after a wide range of artists including Roni Size, GotSome, Cari Golden, Danny Howard, Rodriguez Jr, Matador, Felix Da Housecat, DJ Sneak and Harry Romero.
Mark Lawrence said: ‘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 chief executive Chris Meehan added: ‘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.’
Sentric Music was founded in 2006 and now has offices in Liverpool, London, Hamburg, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles. It represents more than a million works.