CEO, Songs Music Publishing (USA)
Matt Pincus is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Songs Music Publishing, a music publishing firm located in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Among the wide range of writers represented by Songs are Big Jerm (Mac Miller), Dev, Q-Tip, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), Jose Gonzalez, Brian Lee (Lady Gaga), and Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate). Songs also owns control shares in a growing number of catalogs, including the works of Pharrell Williams (Hollaback Girl, Milkshake, Rock Your Body, etc.), Living Colour (Cult of Personality, Time's Up, etc.), Das EFX, and Stryper. In addition, Songs has publishing joint ventures with Crush Management, Indie Pop Music, and Mom+Pop Records, a division of QPrime Management.
Under Matt’s leadership, Songs has grown from its inception in 2004 to represent over 250 songwriters in all genres of music. The company now employs a staff of 20 people across its three offices. Songs’ substantial growth has traditionally been organic and bottom up, through the signing of co-publishing agreements with individual writers and, more recently, through a string of catalog acquisitions.
Songs is a family enterprise bringing a long-term ownership oriented perspective, leading-edge practices, and a client service mentality to the traditional music publishing business. The company is a copyright owner in 100% of the repertoire it represents and controls its interest in 100% of the copyrights it holds. The key to Songs’ success lies in its intimate knowledge and direct control of the copyrights it owns and represents, and its efficient, technology-enabled clearance processes to ‘activate’ mid-level catalog copyrights without de-valuing top-earning songs.
Before founding Songs, Matt was a Strategy Associate at EMI Group, plc, one of the 4 major global music companies. Prior to that, Matt founded Some Records, an independent record label, and was a writer and Assistant Editor at New York Magazine.
In 2002, Matt graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA. In 1995, he graduated with a BA in English from Columbia College at Columbia University. Matt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and a member of the ASCAP Board of Review. He is also a member of the board of directors of Community Impact, Columbia University’s undergraduate community service program, and a member of the board of trustees of the Wooden Nickel Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting cultural arts institutions.
Session(s) featuring Pincus Matt
Tuesday, 31st January 2012 from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
The relationship between artists and publishers is fundamental in the new music ecosystem. Publishers are playing an increasing role in developing artists and new talents. This consolidated model of direct partner ...