Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), and one of the world's largest music publishers, today announced that Phil May has been appointed to the newly-created position of Vice President and General Manager, Nashville. Effective immediately, May reports to Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.
A music publishing veteran with more than 17 years of experience, May will oversee business and administrative activities for Warner/Chappell Nashville and will work closely with Tracy Gershon, Senior Vice President of A&R, who continues to report to Scott Francis. His responsibilities include the day-to-day business management of Warner/Chappell’s Nashville office, as well as the contracts and copyright administration departments. In addition, May negotiates songwriter contracts and the acquisition of songwriter catalogs while identifying future strategic partnerships in Nashville.
In making the announcement, Francis said, “It is a great benefit to our organization to have someone with Phil’s business acumen and leadership to oversee our business and administrative operations in Nashville. His extensive knowledge of music publishing will be a strong complement to the outstanding A&R department headed up by Tracy and will enable us to continue identifying and capitalizing on many new business and A&R opportunities in country music. Phil and Tracy form the perfect team for our Nashville operations.”
Gershon added, “I’m thrilled to have Phil joining our team at such an exciting time in our industry and at our company. I look forward to working with him and further expanding Warner/Chappell’s place in Nashville.”
Prior to joining Warner/Chappell Music, May was one of the Founding Partners of global music publisher R2M Music LLC, from 2006 to 2009, where he worked on catalog valuations and acquisitions and integrated acquired catalogs into R2M Music’s portfolio.
From 2003 to 2006, May served as a consultant to a number of independent music companies and investment groups where he helped value, acquire and administer music publishing interests.
Prior to becoming a consultant to the industry, May spent 11 years with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, including from 2001 to 2003, as Vice President of Global Administration where he headed the company’s U.S. and international royalties, copyright, licensing and information systems departments. In this role, May was also very active in songwriter and catalog contract negotiations as well as catalog valuations and integration, including the integration of Sony/ATV’s acquisition of music from the Beatles catalog and Acuff-Rose Music. In addition, May also initiated Sony/ATV’s consolidation of its various worldwide administrative operations in Nashville.
Previously, May served as Vice President of U.S. Publishing Administration and Information Technology from 1996 to 2001, Director of U.S. Administration for Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Imaging from 1994 to 1996 and Director of U.S. Royalties from 1992 to 1994.
May started his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse, where he worked from 1987 to 1992.
About Warner/Chappell Music
Warner/Chappell Music is WMG's award-winning global music publishing company. The Warner/Chappell Music catalog includes standards such as "Happy Birthday To You," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Winter Wonderland," the songs of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, as well as the music of Eric Clapton, Green Day, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Lil Wayne, Madonna, Nickelback, Paramore, Red Hot Chili Peppers, T.I. Timbaland, and others. Warner/Chappell Music is a leader in creating innovative strategies for marketing and promoting its songwriters and their music. The company's extensive catalog makes it a natural first stop for A&R executives and record producers, feature film and television production companies, and others looking to record or license some of the world's greatest music.
Source: Warner/Chappell Music