David Crosby Signs Deal With Azoff’s Iconic Artist Group For Recorded Music & Publishing Rights

David Crosby
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– David Crosby
David Crosby, founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, brings stories and his old Martin guitar to the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, Va.

With David Crosby celebrating the 50th anniversary of his debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, the timing couldn’t be better to announce that he’s partnered with Irving Azoff’s new venture, Iconic Artists Group, in a deal that will monetize his life work and preserve his legacy.     

“Given our current inability to work live, this deal is a blessing for me and my family and I do believe these are the best people to do it with,” Crosby said in a statement. 

Iconic Artists Group announced its launch last week along with the news that it had partnered with the Beach Boys “to purchase a controlling stake in the band’s catalog, including sound recordings, the brand, select musical compositions, and memorabilia.”
As far as Crosby’s deal with Iconic, the company has purchased his catalogue, including his publishing and recorded music rights for his solo material as well as work with The Byrds; Crosby & Nash; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
“I’ve known David as a friend and have admired him as a great artist since our earliest days at Geffen Roberts Management shortly after I moved to Los Angeles,” Azoff, Chairman and CEO of The Azoff Company and co-founder of Pollstar parent company Oak View Group, said. “This is an incredible time to be involved with David and his tremendous catalogue of music. He’s truly one of music’s most prolific songwriters and artists and I’m honored he has made Iconic the steward of his timeless musical legacy.”
Olivier Chastan, Founder and CEO of Iconic Artists Group, added, “David’s impact on music and culture is only equaled by the lasting power of his beautiful and sophisticated songs. From the gorgeous melodies of Guinnevere and Deja Vu to the biting messages of Wooden Ships and Almost Cut My Hair, his music remains as innovative and relevant as it did when it was first created. I’m thrilled that David has chosen Iconic to be the custodian of his legacy.”
Crosby’s most recent studio album – released with his quartet The Lighthouse Band featuring Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis – is 2018’s Here If You Listen. The folk-rock pioneer’s accolades over the years include being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice (with The Byrds in 1991 and again with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997) and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” includes five albums that Crosby was a part of: three with the Byrds, and two with CSN(Y). 
Reports for Crosby’s solo headline concerts reported to Pollstar include a June 10, 2019, show at Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, N.J., that sold 1,419 tickets and grossed $81,087. His 2015 Crosby, Stills & Nash tour through Europe included an October 2015 show at the Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany that sold 2,599 tickets and grossed $211,334 (€188,427).