Peermusic is a United States-based independent music publisher.
|Founded||January 31, 1928|
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
|Ralph Peer, II: Executive Chair|
and Mary Megan Peer: CEO
Ralph Peer, a field recording engineer and A&R representative for Victor Records, went on a scouting trip to Bristol, Tennessee. For two weeks, he recorded artists such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in what later became famous as the Bristol sessions. With the success of these recordings, Peer incorporated Southern Music Publishing Co., Inc., on January 31, 1928, which began doing business as 'Peermusic' in 1994. The company became very successful and influential in the 1930s. It hit the big time through Peer's introducing Southern American music to the world. In 1940 there came another watershed when a dispute between the ASCAP and US radio stations led to the inauguration of the rival Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). BMI supported music by blues, country and hillbilly artists, and Peer, through his Peer International Corporation, soon contributed a major part of BMI's catalogue.
During and after World War II Peer published songs such as "Deep in the Heart of Texas " and "You Are My Sunshine" (sung by Jimmie Davis, covered by Bing Crosby and many others), "Humpty Dumpty Heart" (Glenn Miller), "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" (Russ Morgan), "The Three Caballeros" (the Andrews Sisters), "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There" (Deanna Durbin), and "I Should Care" and "The Coffee Song" (both Frank Sinatra). In 1945, he published Jean Villard Gilles's and Bert Reisfeld's composition "Les trois cloches" ("The Three Bells"), which was recorded by the Browns.
In the 1950s Peer published "Mockingbird Hill", a million seller for Patti Page; "Sway" (Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell); and the novelty "I Know an Old Lady" (Burl Ives). Then came rock 'n' roll, and Southern published hits by Buddy Holly, Little Richard, The Big Bopper and the Platters.
Ralph Iverson Peer II (born 1944), the son of Ralph and Monique Peer, is the current Chairman and CEO of peermusic. He became CEO in 1980. Peer II is also the vice president and director of the National Music Publishers Association and the Harry Fox Agency. He is also a director and past president of the Country Music Association, an editor/director of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and Chairman of the International Confederation of Music Publishers. At the 2008 MIDEM, he was honored as "Music Maker of the Year." In 2013, he received the inaugural International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) award for "outstanding contribution to music publishing". 
Peermusic's catalogue includes the publishing rights to David Foster, George Clinton, Corey Hart, Poo Bear, Salaam Remi, De La Ghetto, Big Deal Music, Molotov, KillBeatz, and Russian publisher First Music Publishing.
In October 2020, peermusic announced its expansion into the neighboring rights with the acquisition of Canada-based Premier Muzik, France-based All Right Music and Netherlands-based Global Master Rights.
Mary Megan Peer assumed the role of CEO of peermusic in January 2021 with Ralph Peer, II to transition to executive chair.
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- "Mexican Rock Band Molotov Signs With peermusic for Global Publishing". Billboard.
- "Peermusic signs Joseph 'Killbeatz' Addison to global deal". www.musicweek.com.
- "PeerMusic signs deal to represent Russian music catalogue worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. September 21, 2015.
- "Peermusic expands into neighbouring rights, acquiring Premier Muzik, All Right Music & Global Master Rights". Music Business Worldwide. October 7, 2020.
- Variety Staff (December 12, 2020). "Mary Megan Peer Succeeds Her Father as CEO of Peermusic".