Words & Music Appoints VP, Business Development & Creative

Dave Hopper

Dave Hopper

Dave Hopper has been appointed Vice President, Business Development & Creative, for Words & Music, it was announced today by Kim McCollum-Mele, President and Owner of Words & Music.

In this role, Hopper will lead in developing new business and strategic partnerships through client acquisitions, marketing and branding opportunities. While continuing to focus on the Nashville market, Hopper will also provide concentrated efforts on expanding Words & Music’s footprint in other music markets.

“The addition of Dave to our team marks an important step forward for Words & Music,” commented McCollum-Mele. “This new position will be essential to our continuing growth and development and will allow us to offer a wider spectrum of services to our songwriters. We’re very excited to have Dave join us.”

Added Hopper, “I feel honored to be joining Kim and her team. I cannot wait to help build upon the work they have already done to solidify Words & Music as an industry leader.”

Hopper has spent the last three years operating Violet Hill, which offers exclusive management to songwriters, producers and engineers from various musical genres in Nashville and Los Angeles.   Hopper will continue to represent those clients alongside his new responsibilities with Words & Music. Previously, Hopper was an integral part of the management and publishing team at Maximum Artist Management and MAXX Music Publishing, working with a roster of Gold and Platinum-selling artists and songwriters including Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), Natalie Grant, Catt Gravitt, Phillip LaRue and Bernie Herms.

Words & Music is a full service copyright administration company dedicated to protecting the intellectual property of songwriters and music publishers and is currently ranked No. 7 on Billboard’s all genre “Top 10 Publishers Airplay Chart.” Over the past 12 years, the company has built an impressive roster of clients including Sea Gayle Music (Brad Paisley, Frank Rogers, Chris DuBois, Brandy Clark), Big Yellow Dog (Josh Kear, Shawn Camp, Al Anderson), Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Paul Overstreet, Jeff Cohen, Katrina Elam and Luis Resto, among many others. In addition to administration, Words & Music also co-publishes songwriter Bonnie Baker (Rascal Flatts, Reba, Sara Evans), who is currently enjoying success as a co-writer of Hunter Hayes’ latest single, “Invisible,” which he debuted on the 2014 Grammy Awards live telecast.


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