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Katie Vinten and Ryan Press Promoted to Co-Heads, A&R, US, Warner/Chappell Music

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  • December 10, 2015
    Katie Vinten and Ryan Press Promoted to Co-Heads, A&R, US, Warner/Chappell Music

    Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announced the promotion of Katie Vinten and Ryan Press to Co-Heads, A&R, US (excluding Nashville). Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters and reporting to WCM CEO Jon Platt, Vinten and Press will continue to scout, sign, and nurture new and established songwriting talent. 

    “It’s been my great pleasure to watch Katie and Ryan grow from promising young A&R executives to leading lights of the music publishing business,” said Platt. “Katie and I have been working with each other since before our time at Warner/Chappell and, even then, it was clear she had a unique gift in helping songwriters develop songs that made a real impact on global music culture. When I joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, Ryan immediately stood out as a tireless worker with great ears and a knack for connecting the right songwriters and producers with the right artists." 

    Platt added, “At this early stage of their careers, they’ve already accomplished incredible things in developing our roster. A&R is the lifeblood of Warner/Chappell, and Katie and Ryan are both amazing, hands-on collaborators who know how to bring out the best in our songwriters. As we continue to build the most welcoming home for the most outstanding talent, I am confident that Katie and Ryan will be exceptional leaders of our A&R team.” 

    Vinten said, “I take great pride in working at Warner/Chappell. This is an environment that values the nurturing of songwriters above all else, and it’s what sets us apart. I’m grateful to Jon for his years of invaluable mentoring, and am thrilled and honored to take on this exciting new role.”

    Press added, “We’re only as good as our songwriters, and Warner/Chappell is home to the best, spanning all genres and eras. It is a privilege to do what we do — something our team never loses sight of — and I’m thankful to Jon and the entire fantastic Warner/Chappell team for their continued support.”

    Vinten joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, serving initially as Director, A&R, before being promoted to Vice President, A&R. She has been instrumental in the careers of songwriters Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Clarkson), Julia Michaels (Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Zedd, Cash Cash, Fifth Harmony, Nico and Vinz, Kelly Clarkson), Audra Mae (Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert), Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey), Nick Monson (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), and Felix Snow (SZA, Kiiara), as well as performing artist/songwriter Greg Holden, among many more. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Vinten held various roles at EMI Music Publishing where she, along with Platt, signed the songwriter MoZella, co-writer of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. 

    Press joined Warner/Chappell in 2009 as Senior Director, A&R, before being promoted to Vice President, A&R. Ryan works closely with WCM songwriters such as Wiz Khalifa, Mike Will (Rihanna, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne), DJ Spinz (Future, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Rich Homie Quan), Priscilla Renea (Fifth Harmony, Pitbull), Key Wane (Beyoncé, Drake, Jazmine Sullivan), Ross Golan (Selena Gomez), Nolan Lambroza (Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), and Jerome Harmon (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyoncé), among many others. Ryan also oversees a roster that includes Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Rae Sremmurd, Aloe Blacc, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and The-Dream. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Ryan founded Press Conference Management, an artist, songwriter, and producer management firm, and worked as a Creative Consultant at Notting Hill Music Publishing. Previously, he served in a co-management capacity at the J. Erving Group, where he assisted in day-to-day, management, and was also a manager and record producer at Day One Productions.

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on December 10, 2015 - 9:17am

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announced the promotion of Katie Vinten and Ryan Press to Co-Heads, A&R, US (excluding Nashville). Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters and reporting to WCM CEO Jon Platt, Vinten and Press will continue to scout, sign, and nurture new and established songwriting talent. 

“It’s been my great pleasure to watch Katie and Ryan grow from promising young A&R executives to leading lights of the music publishing business,” said Platt. “Katie and I have been working with each other since before our time at Warner/Chappell and, even then, it was clear she had a unique gift in helping songwriters develop songs that made a real impact on global music culture. When I joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, Ryan immediately stood out as a tireless worker with great ears and a knack for connecting the right songwriters and producers with the right artists." 

Platt added, “At this early stage of their careers, they’ve already accomplished incredible things in developing our roster. A&R is the lifeblood of Warner/Chappell, and Katie and Ryan are both amazing, hands-on collaborators who know how to bring out the best in our songwriters. As we continue to build the most welcoming home for the most outstanding talent, I am confident that Katie and Ryan will be exceptional leaders of our A&R team.” 

Vinten said, “I take great pride in working at Warner/Chappell. This is an environment that values the nurturing of songwriters above all else, and it’s what sets us apart. I’m grateful to Jon for his years of invaluable mentoring, and am thrilled and honored to take on this exciting new role.”

Press added, “We’re only as good as our songwriters, and Warner/Chappell is home to the best, spanning all genres and eras. It is a privilege to do what we do — something our team never loses sight of — and I’m thankful to Jon and the entire fantastic Warner/Chappell team for their continued support.”

Vinten joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, serving initially as Director, A&R, before being promoted to Vice President, A&R. She has been instrumental in the careers of songwriters Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Clarkson), Julia Michaels (Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Zedd, Cash Cash, Fifth Harmony, Nico and Vinz, Kelly Clarkson), Audra Mae (Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert), Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey), Nick Monson (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), and Felix Snow (SZA, Kiiara), as well as performing artist/songwriter Greg Holden, among many more. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Vinten held various roles at EMI Music Publishing where she, along with Platt, signed the songwriter MoZella, co-writer of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. 

Press joined Warner/Chappell in 2009 as Senior Director, A&R, before being promoted to Vice President, A&R. Ryan works closely with WCM songwriters such as Wiz Khalifa, Mike Will (Rihanna, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne), DJ Spinz (Future, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Rich Homie Quan), Priscilla Renea (Fifth Harmony, Pitbull), Key Wane (Beyoncé, Drake, Jazmine Sullivan), Ross Golan (Selena Gomez), Nolan Lambroza (Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), and Jerome Harmon (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyoncé), among many others. Ryan also oversees a roster that includes Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Rae Sremmurd, Aloe Blacc, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and The-Dream. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Ryan founded Press Conference Management, an artist, songwriter, and producer management firm, and worked as a Creative Consultant at Notting Hill Music Publishing. Previously, he served in a co-management capacity at the J. Erving Group, where he assisted in day-to-day, management, and was also a manager and record producer at Day One Productions.