Round Hill Music raises $291m for third fund

Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm focused on music copyrights, has closed its third fund at $291 million.

Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm focused on music copyrights, has closed its third fund at $291 million. The fund will target blue chip and classic songs that have gained significant popularity. FocusPoint was the placement agent for North America


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Round Hill Music Royalty Partners (“Round Hill Music”), a private equity firm dedicated to investing in music copyrights and one of the world’s leading independent, full-service, creative music companies with a core focus on music publishing, is pleased to announce the successful close of its third private fund, Round Hill Music Royalty Fund III (“Fund III” or the “Fund”) with total equity commitments of $291 million. Fund III is Round Hill Music’s largest fund to date.

In line with Round Hill Music’s investment strategy for Funds I and II, Fund III will invest in royalty-producing intellectual property related to music by acquiring high quality rights from songwriters, artists and other third-party rights holders. The Fund targets blue chip and classic songs that have gained significant popularity, earning a steady level of royalties across a variety of media streams and diversified by vintage and genre.

To date, Fund III has deployed more than $200 million on notable deals, adding hit songs performed by The Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Black Sabbath, The Dropkick Murphy’s, Daughtry, Craig David, Kiss, Limp Bizkit, Blues Traveler, Bruno Mars, Skid Row, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Night Ranger and more. Since inception, Round Hill Music has acquired rights to over 128,000 songs.

Round Hill Music received strong support from its existing investor base of leading endowments, foundations, and pension funds, while also adding select new US institutional investors.

Josh Gruss, Chief Executive Officer of Round Hill Music, said: “We are grateful for the continued confidence and strong support we received for Fund III from a diverse group of new and existing high caliber investors. Round Hill Music has continued to distinguish itself as a leader in the music royalty space by acquiring blue chip songs with enduring long-term popularity. We are pleased to serve as the partner of choice for songwriters and other third parties, attracting a talented team with a deep knowledge of the investment and music industries.

“Against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the structural shift of streaming and synchronization, the music royalty asset class has gathered pace and continues to show strong growth, while also proving resilient in difficult economic environments,” Gruss added. “As experienced investors in music rights, our objective continues to be to provide investors with regular and growing income and capital returns from investment primarily in high quality, music intellectual property.”

Neil Gillis, Round Hill Music’s President, added: “We were able to raise our largest fund to date amid the COVID-19 pandemic due to continuing favorable market conditions, including improved copyright law, a surge in streaming subscription services, and increased synchronization opportunities. For more than a decade, Round Hill Music has generated strong risk-adjusted returns for our investors and we look forward to continued innovation as we seek to capitalize on great tailwinds for our business.”

Round Hill Music’s second fund, which launched in December 2017 and raised over $260 million in equity commitments, along with its first fund launched in July 2014 which raised $202 million, have deployed over $650 million on equity in music rights, including iconic songs like “What A Wonderful World” and “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” which are deeply engrained in popular TV shows and movies, as well as commercials for the world’s most recognizable companies. Round Hill Music has acquired over 80 music catalogues and has generated over $175 million in royalty income since inception and has within its overall portfolio songs recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists including James Brown, Louis Armstrong, The Offspring, Carrie Underwood, The Beatles, and Backstreet Boys, among other notable names.

FocusPoint served as the exclusive placement agent for North America. FocusPoint has successfully supported Round Hill’s private fund capital raising efforts since Round Hill Music Royalty Fund I.

About Round Hill Music
Founded by Josh Gruss along with Richard Rowe and Neil Gillis, Round Hill Music is one of the largest independent music rights company in the world. Through its various divisions, Zync, BLB Royalty Administration, Round Hill Nashville, Round Hill Records, Black Hill Records and its Bosshouse Music Library, Round Hill provides a full administrative platform for songwriters and artists that delivers everything from sync licensing, song placements, music production, record label services and transparent, accurate global royalty processing and accounting. Round Hill Music has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and London. To learn more about Round Hill Music, visit our website at: