Phil May has been appointed to the newly created position of VP/GM Nashville at Warner/Chappell Music. May will report directly to Scott Francis, President Warner/Chappell Music and Chairman/CEO Warner/Chappell Music U.S. May will oversee business and administrative activities for the Nashville office and work closely with Tracy Gershon, Senior VP A&R who also reports to Francis. May’s responsibilities include the day-to-day business management of Warner/Chappell’s Nashville office, as well as the contracts and copyright administration departments. May will negotiate songwriter contracts and the acquisition of songwriter catalogs while identifying future strategic partnerships 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. He also spent 11 years with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, including from 2001 to 2003, as VP of Global Administration where he headed the company’s U.S. and international royalties, copyright, licensing and information systems departments.
Last Fall the Warner/Chappell Nashville office also brought veteran Steve Markland on board as VP of A&R. Markland reports to Gershon.