Strictly Confidential x Downtown

Here at Downtown Music Publishing, we’re building a global business. For us, that means investing across borders and, especially, in local repertoire to develop a diverse and truly global portfolio of culturally impactful songs. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our acquisition of celebrated European music publisher Strictly Confidential’s catalog — including more than 10,000 song copyrights across multiple languages and genres.

“Building Strictly Confidential over the last three decades has been a labor of love for myself, Michel and Pierre, so we are delighted that it has found an amazing new home in Downtown Music Publishing,” said Kenny Gates, co-founder of Strictly Confidential. “Justin Kalifowitz and his team are passionate about the music and respectful of the legacy, and we feel sure that they are the right people to take the catalog forward. We are equally excited to be launching Strictly Songs as the new home for our music publishing interests and to be continuing our work as sub-publishers to some of the world’s best catalogs, songwriters, and composers.”

Established in Brussels in 1987 by Michel Lambot, Kenny Gates, and Pierre Mossiat, Strictly Confidential is one of Europe’s most significant independent music publishing houses. With affiliated companies and operations in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom, their catalog includes hit singles across pop, rock, R&B, dance, and world music written or recorded by artists such as Balkan Beat Box, Bebel Gilberto, Carl Barât, Chromeo, Clarika, Deus, Editors, Élodie Frégé, Felix da Housecat, Jason Derulo, Julien Doré, Junior Jack, Mark Ronson, Olivia Ruiz, Soap&Skin, Staff Benda Bilili, Tom Odell, Vanessa Paradis, and many more.

“For more than 30 years, Strictly Confidential has set a gold standard in copyright management and artistic development,” said our founder and CEO Justin Kalifowitz. “Building upon Downtown’s investments in the EU and UK, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this wonderfully diverse song catalog into our global portfolio. I want to thank Michel, Kenny, and especially Pierre, who has not only been a close friend but a strong advocate for copyright globally, in entrusting us with these important works."

Through the acquisition, Downtown will control the rights to Strictly Confidential’s catalog of original music developed from 1987 through 2017. The acquisition does not include Strictly Confidential’s highly regarded music publishing administration business, which will continue to be operated by its existing management.

Read more about the acquisition at BillboardMusic Business Worldwide, and Music Week.