Big Machine Music’s Executive Team Extends Tenure

Pictured: Alex Heddle, Mike Molinar, Grayson Stephens

As Big Machine Music celebrates its eighth anniversary this month, Big Machine Music General Manager Mike Molinar and Vice President Alex Heddle have both extended their tenures with the company. Grayson Stephens also rises to Sr. Director of Royalties and Finance at the company.

Leading BMM since inception, Molinar is a graduate of Leadership Music Class of 2015 and was named a member of the 2012-2013 MTSU Class of Distinguished Alumni. Heddle joined the company in 2013 and was vital in signing Dillon and Hurd as well as providing day-to-day duties for Maddie & Tae. A graduate of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Stephens held positions at Sony/ATV prior to accepting a finance position at Big Machine Label Group in 2016 then Big Machine Music in 2017.

“What Big Machine Music has become in just eight short years is nothing short of amazing,” said Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta. “Rising from the spark of an idea and a desire to ‘do it ourselves,’ all the way to an industry-leading powerhouse, Mike Molinar has built a publishing company to be reckoned with every day of the week. A sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Mike, Alex, Grayson and the entire BMM team for a job extremely well done.”

BMM celebrates its 30th No. 1 with Luke Combs’ “Does To Me” featuring Eric Church, and 33 consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart thanks to crossover smashes  Maren Morris’ “The Bones” (Laura Veltz) plus Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s “10,000 Hours” (Jessie Jo Dillon).

“Proud doesn’t begin to express how I feel about our entire team and roster of writers,” said Molinar. “I’m grateful to Scott Borchetta, Andrew Kautz and Malcolm Mimms for their long-standing faith and guidance as well as the support of Scooter Braun and SB Projects who continue to help open doors to new opportunities. I’m elated that Alex Heddle and Grayson Stephens can be recognized for their significant contributions to the growth of Big Machine Music and support of our songwriters.”

Previous BMM catalog No. 1s include “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You,” “Mercy,” “Here Tonight” and “Catch” ( Brett Young); “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” “One Number Away,” “She Got The Best of Me,” “Beautiful Crazy,” “Even Though I’m Leaving” (Luke Combs); “Yours If You Want It” and “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” (Singleton); “I’ll Name The Dogs,” “Any Ol’ Barstool” and “Drowns The Whiskey” (Josh Thompson); “I Could Use A Love Song,” “What If I Never Get Over You” and “Speechless” (Laura Veltz); and “Break Up In The End” (Jessie Jo Dillon), among others. BMM was named to Billboard’s Year End Top Ten Hot 100 Publisher Corp and Hot Country Publisher Corp for three consecutive years, in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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