Concord Music has appointed a new leadership team that will be headed by Jake Wisely, Chief Publishing Executive of Concord, who has relocated to the company’s new Nashville office. Also joining the team are Bill Gaden, who will lead Concord Music’s domestic publishing as its President/North America, John Minch, who will oversee Concord Music’s international publishing interests as its President/Europe, and Kent Hoskins, who has been appointed Concord Music’s Chief Financial Officer for all publishing operations.
“Jake is one of the founding members of Bicycle Music and has been a key factor in the growth of Concord Music,” said Concord Music CEO Scott Pascucci. “He will continue to steer our publishing business in unique and successful directions in the years to come.”
“As principals of Concord Music’s publishing executive committee, Bill, John, and Kent have proven themselves invaluable partners in the melding of a spectacular roster and catalog, along with the systems, infrastructure, and best practices of the Bicycle and Imagem businesses,” said Wisely. “Their wealth of knowledge, experience, and resources, along with that of our entire staff, cements Concord’s future as a dynamic, world class music publisher.”
Wisely spent the past decade running The Bicycle Music Company, which merged with Concord Music Group in 2015. He joined Bicycle Music after previous stints at ASCAP, Universal Music Publishing, and EMI Music Publishing. A current NMPA Board member, Wisely will report to Concord Music’s CEO, Scott Pascucci.
Prior to joining Concord, Gaden held senior positions at BMG Records, BBC Worldwide, Simon & Schuster, and Golden Books. He joined The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in 2005, and in 2015, six years after its acquisition by Imagem, became CEO of Imagem USA. He will work from Concord Music’s New York office and will report to Jake Wisely.
Based in London, Minch has managed Boosey & Hawkes since 2001. Subsequent to the sale of Boosey & Hawkes to Imagem in 2008, Minch took on the role of Chief Executive of Imagem UK. He will report to Jake Wisely as well.
A New Zealander by birth, Hoskins is based in London and is a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After working as a Finance Manager with the BBC, he joined Boosey & Hawkes as Group Financial Controller in 2001. When Boosey & Hawkes was sold to Imagem in 2008, he was made Imagem UK CFO and in 2015 was promoted to Global Head of Finance. Hoskins will report to Concord Music’s overall Chief Financial Officer, Bob Valentine.
Concord Music’s publishing business already consisted of the catalogs of Bicycle Music and Razor & Tie before they acquired Imagem Music Group in 2017 – a landmark purchase that tripled the company’s publishing portfolio from 130,000 to 380,000 copyrights. The result is a newly consolidated publishing group which is comprised of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Boosey & Hawkes, The Bicycle Music Company, Imagem Music, and Razor & Tie Publishing.
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