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Celebrity Estates Replay: David Bowie and the Financial Side of A Music Catalog

A music catalog is a complex asset for both the buyer and the seller.


Named the Greatest Rock Star Ever after his death, David Bowie is a singer, songwriter and actor who left his mark on the world along with a $100 million dollar estate at the time of his death. 

Recently, his music catalog sold for a reported $250 million, higher than his initial estate value.

In this episode, a replay from earlier this year, David Lenok is joined by Stacie Jacobsen, director of the wealth strategies group at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, diving into the complexity of a music catalog as an asset for both the seller and buyer, along with details of the planning required before and after the transaction. 

Stacie discusses:

  • The difference between a musician’s catalog and their other traditional assets
  • The impact of interest rate environments on unique investments
  • Why music catalogs are traditionally sold as one unit over individual songs
  • How artists plan for selling their music catalog after they are gone.

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