Bates Meyer, Inc. is a music management company, under the direction of Nancy Meyer, an artist manager with a lengthy career in the music business.
A longtime industry veteran, her background includes work with some of the most highly regarded blues, jazz and roots artists that form the backbone of American music. Though the company has centered its business on artist management, the business has expanded into a multidimensional service-related operation. Incorporated in the State of California in 2001, Bates Meyer, Inc. has developed several specialties, emerging from work in the field of blues and related genres.
In addition to artist management clients, the company also represents the intellectual property rights of several estates including T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, Ted Hawkins, Reverend Cleavant Derricks and others. Bates Meyer represents the artists’ legal heirs and negotiates for name and image rights and manages royalty flows from music publishing and recorded masters. “Quality content will always have value,” notes Meyer. “It’s been an ongoing endeavor to ensure the heirs benefit from the creative works of these historic artists.”
Meyer has worked directly with artists such as John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Billy Cobham and Charlie Haden. The company has a strong focus on music publishing, touring and recording projects. Meyer has developed a knowledge and background in music research and licensing thanks to the prolific careers of such artists.
Research projects include verifying and contacting legal heirs for producers, publishers and labels as well as song and artist identification for various productions. This detailed exploration has provided access to a huge collection of recorded material and initiated a resource for creative consulting, as well as artist and master clearances. Additionally, as the company has expanded its work in general consulting, Meyer offers expertise in exerting rights for complex music catalogs.