Phil May Promoted to SVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville

Phil May

Phil May

Phil May has been promoted to Senior Vice President & General Manager, Warner/Chappell Nashville. Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, announced the promotion on Thursday (Dec. 3).

In this role, May will oversee business development, songwriter negotiations, finance, acquisitions, and royalty and copyright and contract administration for the major publisher’s Nashville operation. He previously served as Vice President & General Manager.

“Phil May is professionalism personified,” said Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Nashville. “The writers and staff of Warner/Chappell Nashville are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable, hard-working, and caring person on their team. It’s with great pleasure that we announce this well-deserved promotion.”

“Warner/Chappell songwriters and staff are the best in the business—they are loyal, passionate and talented people,” said May. “Working with them is a pleasure that I never take for granted. I’m honored to take on this role, and am grateful for the continued support of Ben Vaughn and Jon Platt.”

May joined Warner/Chappell in 2009. He was previously one of the Founding Partners of global music publisher R2M Music LLC, where he worked on catalog valuations and acquisitions, and integrated acquired catalogs into R2M Music’s portfolio.

Before that, he spent 11 years with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, including as VP of Global Administration, where he headed the company’s U.S. and international royalties, copyright, licensing, and information systems departments.


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