Former Guns N’ Roses Manager Launches Music Investment Trust

New investment trust will invest in the music rights of hits songs, from artists such as Adele and Beyonce

Emma Simon 28 June, 2017 | 11:20AM
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Is this the world’s coolest investment trust? Merck Mercuriadis – former manager of Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and Elton John – plans to launch a £200 million investment trust this month, investing in the music of today’s leading pop and rock artists.

Mercuriadis runs the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which is seeking a stock market listing. At a recent pitch to investors, Hipgnosis said it has targeted acquisitions of more than 1000 songs – including tracks from Beyonce, Adele, Snoop Dog, Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. The trust said it would own the rights to hits from across the last five decades.

The trust hopes this will generate a valuable income stream for investors via ongoing royalties, as well as capital appreciation of these music rights.

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