The National Music Publishers’ Association has named Zach Katz, President of U.S. Repertoire and Marketing for BMG, as part of the NMPA Board of Directors.
While currently based in Los Angeles, Katz is also responsible for BMG teams in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, as well as Rise Records in Portland, Oregon. Katz is in charge of a roster which includes star writers such as Bruno Mars, will.i.am, DJ Snake, John Legend, Pitbull, Frank Ocean and Quincy Jones and more.
Prior to BMG, Katz co-founded record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner JR Rotem, where they represented artists including Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. Previously he served as GM of Groove Attack USA. He began his career in 1996 as a music attorney.
NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson said, “Zach’s eye for talent is matched by his keen understanding of our business. He has always strived for songwriters to be given the respect and royalties they deserve, and the NMPA Board will benefit greatly by his expertise across the industry.”
NMPA President & CEO David Israelite added, “Zach’s career has been defined by finding innovative songwriters and fighting for their rights and their futures. He has extensive knowledge of the obstacles songwriters are up against when it comes to being treated fairly by digital companies, and I am excited that he will join in our efforts directly by joining our Board.”
Katz said, “I’m honored to join the respected music industry professionals as a member of the NMPA’s Board, an organization that champions the rights of creative people with such unwavering commitment. The NMPA and BMG share a similar mission — to create a fair and transparent environment where the interests of publishers and songwriters are protected. I’m looking forward to the work we’ll do together for the advancement and benefit of music industry professionals.”
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