Tams-Witmark Music Library, one of the theatre industry’s main licensing agencies representing amateur and professional rights to Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, and Man of La Mancha, has been acquired by Concord Music.
The deal is part of Concord Music’s expanding theatrical franchise, which now includes the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization—part of its acquisition of Imagem Music Group in 2017—and the newly launched Musical Company, a theatrical licensing venture forged in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.
Founded in 1925, the Tams-Witmark Music Library includes some of Broadway’s biggest hits including Hello, Dolly!, My Fair Lady, Hair, Funny Girl, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Dreamgirls, Crazy for You, and the recent Broadway adaptation of An American in Paris.
Tams-Witmark President Sarge Aborn will remain in his role at the New York City-based licensing agency.
“Sarge and the team at Tams have stood with Concord from the inception of our theatrical music business, which began with Marvin Hamlisch's music to A Chorus Line and now includes rights to an astonishing array of musicals and legendary composers,” Concord Chief Publishing Executive Jake Wisely said in a statement. “It only seems appropriate that we now get to collaborate in Concord's development of a world class theatrical company, in lockstep with our thriving publishing and recorded music businesses.”
“After functioning as a family business for four generations, we would entrust our legacy only to a company with vision, a strong commitment to musical theatre and an appreciation of our brand,” Aborn added. “We found all of those qualities in Concord. I am very excited that Tams-Witmark will be under the same umbrella as The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, and that Tams will have an association with The Musical Company. I see a bright future for Tams-Witmark enriched by the energy and enthusiasm of Steve, Scott and Jake, and I am proud to be a part of it. I want to thank Lisbeth Barron for introducing us to Concord and for guiding us through this process.”
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