Global independent music publisher Third Side Music (TSM) is a sync licensing, rights management, and creative services company with offices in Los Angeles, Montreal and London.

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Global independent music publisher Third Side Music (TSM) is a sync licensing, rights management, and creative services company with offices in Los Angeles, Montreal and London. 

Co-founded in 2005 by Patrick Curley and Jeff Waye, TSM is a 100% independently owned music publishing company founded on the principal that artists are partners and not commodities. We are an equitable destination for career artists and work with/empower them to creatively maximize the worth of their music.  


TSM has no 3rd party investors dictating our moves, and we are not beholden to anyone except the musicians and their teams that we love to partner with. We’re not here to collect market-share, we’re here to get results.  


TSM has amassed a treasure trove of 70,000 titles in our diverse, eclectic catalog. The roster features high profile and underground artists, songwriters, and composers such as Sky Ferriera, BADBADNOTGOOD, Courtney Barnett, Blonde Redhead, SOFI TUKKER, Pharoah Sanders, Colin Stetson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile, The Cinematic Orchestra, and many more. Third Side Music is also entrusted with timeless legacy music catalogs, including the works of Clyde Otis Music Group, Studio One/JamRec (Jamaican producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd), GRAMMY Award-winning composer Galt MacDermot, and more.  View our roster and represented catalogs at  



We are hard-working music industry veterans, music and data obsessives, creatives, and strong legal negotiators. TSM has one of the best staff to copyright/artists represented ratios in the music industry, allowing for the most hands-on and proactive work across sync licensing, creative services, administration and beyond. 


Our sync team is one of the most highly-respected in the business, with long-standing relationships across the music supervisor community worldwide. We pride ourselves in pitching the right music for each project, maximizing fees, and getting the best terms possible. The TSM creative services team looks for, and sets up, all the best opportunities for represented writers, with a strong emphasis on co-writes, work for hires, sampling, scoring, A&R direction, and more. For copyright administration, TSM has a deeply knowledgeable staff who excel in shaking out every penny owed and providing detailed and fully transparent royalty accounting. 

Soundway Partnership 


In 2021, TSM expanded its international footprint with a new strategic partnership and investment in legendary UK-based Soundway Records and Soundway Publishing. 


TSM and Soundway work together on releases and in developing unique creative and synch licensing opportunities, placing music from Soundway’s catalog and roster in major advertising, films and TV series, video games, and other media. The catalogue comprises the vast majority of Soundway Records’ repertoire in addition to other killer young labels, and talented writers and composers. 


Soundway Records, which was founded in 2002 by English DJ and collector Miles Cleret, is renowned internationally for its critically-acclaimed rare compilations, and LP re-issues of the most exciting sounds around the globe. From its first release “Ghana Sounds: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in ‘70s Ghana,” to its most recent “Ritmo Fantasia: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie and House (1982-1992)” compilation, Soundway has specialized in spotlighting and discovering deep classics from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Panama, French Caribbean, Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, and many other countries. Contemporary artists on the roster include Lord Echo, Mauskovic Dance Band, Felbm, Dexter Story, Carlos Nino, Ondatropica, Meridian Brothers, Julien Dyne, and Flamingo Pier, among others. Soundway Publishing is also home for the majority of the label’s compositions, artists, songwriters, and composers. Among the company’s many awards and accolades, it was notably hailed by The Guardian as “One of the 10 British Labels defining the Sound of 2014,” and in 2017 named “Label Of The Year” at the Worldwide Awards in London. 



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