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R.I.P Tim Hollier

It is with much sadness that we report the unexpected passing of songwriter, music business entrepreneur and long-standing BASCA member Tim Hollier.  Tim passed away yesterday after complications following a minor operation.

Born in Brighton in 1947, Hollier was raised in West Cumberland, and at age 13 formed his first group, the Meteors. He moved to London in the mid-60s and got involved in the folk scene seeing some success as an opening act for such well-known figures as blues songstress Jo Ann Kelly and Paul Simon.

With the help of Simon Napier-Bell, Hollier signed to United Artist Records releasing his first album Message to a Harlequin In 1968. It was a tremendous showcase for Hollier’s excellent voice and challenging, psychedelic-flavored songs.

After releasing a further 3 albums in the 1970s, Tim moved into music publishing and jointly founded what was to become the largest fully independent British music publishing company, Filmtrax Plc in 1983. The Company grew to own such catalogues as the Abba Catalogue of Songs,Columbia Pictures Music Group, Novello and Co, and Belwin Mills. Filmtrax also financed the scores of many major British films including ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Withnail & I’. 

Tim was a long-time supporter of BASCA. He was a founding board director when the current incarnation of the organisation was formed in 1999 and also that year founded Screen Music Services. Then, together with Guy Fletcher, founded Music Copyright Solutions PLC which eventually was listed on the London Alternative Investment Market.

Tim was proud to have commissioned some of BASCA’s leading members, Barry Mason, Brian Hodgson, Peter Sarstedt, Albert Hammond and Peter Lincoln to composer songs for the musical called The Last Horseman. He said “My first love has always been in creating music, and today I believe strongly that a true music publisher should not just be a banking and collection service but should be a commissioner of new world.”

In 2008 Tim, joined by co-director Simon Fawcett, founded the Atlantic Screen Group of Companies, a music publishing, production and media investment company concentrating on the acquisition ,financing, supervision and publishing of major film scores which has now become one of the major independent financiers of Film Music Score in the World. 

BASCA chair, Crispin Hunt comments  “Tim was a key figure in the film music business, his passion , wit and spirit for both  life and music was truly inspirational and as a huge supporter of BASCA  we will miss him sorely. All our heartfelt condolences go out to Tim’s friends and family at this tragic time.

you can read a list of Tim’s writing credits here

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