Ben Vaughn Exits EMI Music Publishing

It remains unofficial, but MusicRow has learned that EMI Music Publishing Nashville Executive VP/GM Ben Vaughn has exited the company in the wake of the completed merger with Sony/ATV.

Vaughn became the youngest publisher to lead a major Nashville organization such as EMI, where he has spent the last 10 years and helmed the company since 2010. During this time EMI’s market share has grown from 7.3% in Q1 2010 when Vaughn took over, to 14.1% in Q1 2012. He personally signed songwriters such as Dallas Davidson (current ACM/BMI Songwriter of the Year), Rhett Akins (BMI Songwriter of the Year), Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott (SESAC Songwriter of the Year) and others.

Vaughn got an early start in the publishing game being named GM at Big Tractor Music at just 20 years old. He currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Country Music, is a Governor on the Nashville NARAS Board and an active member of the CMA and NMPA.

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