Sony/ATV Nashville has promoted Josh Van Valkenburg to the role of Senior Vice President, Nashville A&R.
In his new position, Van Valkenburg will head up Nashville A&R and will be responsible for new songwriter and artist signings, continuing to develop Sony/ATV’s existing roster, and managing the A&R creative team.
Van Valkenburg will report to Sony/ATV Nashville President/CEO Troy Tomlinson who oversees the company’s Nashville operation.
Tomlinson said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Josh for the past three years since he joined our team with the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. He has proven his ability to recognize and develop new talent and has the ability to relate to the various players in the Nashville music community. Additionally, Josh has demonstrated leadership skills that will both challenge and inspire our A&R team.”
Van Valkenburg commented, “It’s an honor to lead the A&R team of such a distinguished and historic publishing house. I’m excited to work alongside such an innovative, focused and passionate creative team and I strongly believe that we can continue to build upon our culture here—one that appreciates, cares for and protects its songwriters. We are blessed to work under the same roof as some of the best and brightest songwriters in Nashville and we will continue to deliver for them at the highest level. I want to thank Marty Bandier, Danny Strick and especially Troy Tomlinson for their belief in me. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity.”
Van Valkenburg began his career at EMI in 2005. Since joining Sony/ATV he has guided the songwriting careers of hit writer/producers Ross Copperman and Chris DeStefano, CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge, platinum-selling artist Chase Rice and rising stars JOHNNYSWIM, as well as CMA Triple Play songwriter Jon Nite.
Sony/ATV Nashville houses country music’s most revered catalogs including Acuff-Rose, Tree and EMI’s associated Nashville companies. It has been named BMI’s Publisher of the Year for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years, as well as Billboard’s Country Publisher of the Year for the same time period.