Warner/Chappell Brings Global A&R Conference To Nashville

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Pictured (L-R): Jon Platt (CEO, Warner/Chappell Music), Nicolle Galyon (W/C Songwriter), Lee Miller (W/C Songwriter), Liz Rose (W/C Songwriter), Cameron Strang (Chairman, W/C and Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records), Ben Vaughn (EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Tim Nichols (W/C Songwriter), Jody Williams (VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI Nashville)

Warner/Chappell welcomed several of its top executives from around the world to Nashville this month for the publishing company’s global A&R conference. Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt chose Nashville for the inaugural event because of the Nashville office’s recent chart success, as well as the city’s deep-rooted support for the songwriting community.

“Nashville was the perfect location to gather our very talented colleagues from around the globe and collaborate in real time, and Ben Vaughn and the Warner/Chappell Nashville team were excellent hosts. The conference allowed us to share ideas, learn from one another, and spawn some potential collaborations—across different genres and coming from different parts of the world—that might have otherwise not have happened. Everyone brought their ‘A’ game and we’re a stronger unit for it,” said Platt.

Pictured (L-R): Warner/Chappell Songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Lee Miller, Liz Rose, Tim Nichols.

In addition to meetings, the event featured a BMI-sponsored evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame — which included a museum tour, cocktails, dinner and a writers round featuring Warner/Chappell songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Lee Miller, Liz Rose, and Tim Nichols—as well as an ASCAP-sponsored dinner at Prima Restaurant.

 L-R: Ben Vaughn (EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Jon Platt (CEO, Warner/Chappell Music), John Titta (EVP, Creative Services, ASCAP), Clark Miller (EVP, Operations, North America, Warner/Chappell Music)

Pictured (L-R): Ben Vaughn (EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Jon Platt (CEO, Warner/Chappell Music), John Titta (EVP, Creative Services, ASCAP), Clark Miller (EVP, Operations, North America, Warner/Chappell Music)

“The Nashville music community is proving time and again to be a global ‘Music City’ and it was a real honor for Jon Platt to have the Global A&R Conference in Nashville,” said Ben Vaughn, EVP of Warner/Chappell Nashville. “Warner/Chappell has best-in-class A&R and it was a productive and enriching experience to grow relationships with peers that truly appreciate our extremely talented songwriters.”

“While I speak with my colleagues in different territories on a daily basis, I was still amazed by the sheer power of being in the same room, face-to-face, with the entire global creative team,” said Lars Karlsson, Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Sweden. “It’s apparent everyone’s been hard at work because I heard so much incredibly good music! We accomplished a lot this week, and we all left Nashville feeling very excited about the next phase of Warner/Chappell.”
From L-R: Derek George (W/C Songwriter), Clark Miller (EVP, Operations, North America, Warner/Chappell Music), Michael Martin (VP, ASCAP), Ben Vaughn (EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Brandon Lay (W/C Songwriter), Ashley Gorley (W/C Songwriter), Cale Dodds (W/C Songwriter), Jon Platt (CEO, Warner/Chappell Music), Seth Ennis (W/C Songwriter), John Titta (EVP, Creative Services, ASCAP) Brett James (W/C Songwriter), Marc Emert-Hutner (VP, ASCAP)

Pictured (L-R): Derek George (W/C Songwriter), Clark Miller (EVP, Operations, North America, Warner/Chappell Music), Michael Martin (VP, ASCAP), Ben Vaughn (EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville), Brandon Lay (W/C Songwriter), Ashley Gorley (W/C Songwriter), Cale Dodds (W/C Songwriter), Jon Platt (CEO, Warner/Chappell Music), Seth Ennis (W/C Songwriter), John Titta (EVP, Creative Services, ASCAP), Brett James (W/C Songwriter), Marc Emert-Hutner (VP, ASCAP)

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