Bug Music will administer
the copyrights of Major Songs, the ASCAP-affiliated company headed by Michael
Sigman (Billboard, April 27). The firm owns the majority of the
writer’s share of the key songs written by Sigman’s late father, Carl Sigman,
and is adding others as their renewals come due.
Major Songs has also signed
several contemporary writers, including the songwriting duo of Thomas Beatty
and Gabriel Kahane, two Brown University students who wrote “Straight
Man,” which won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Musical
Theater Award-the nation’s highest honor for a college musical. Additionally,
the firm has administration deals pending with major publishers in Japan, the
U.K., Germany, France, and Sweden.
Sigman now wants to demo
some of his father’s lesser-known compositions with an eye toward the Nashville
market and is soliciting new versions of Sigman classics. To this end A&R
veteran Gregg Geller is producing a three-disc Carl Sigman overview for
use as a promo piece.