The Business of Popular Music Publishing: An Interview with Troy Tomlinson, CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville

Armen Shaomian

Troy Tomlinson is the President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in Nashville, a division of Sony/ATV. He has been in the music publishing industry for more than three decades, and has been with Sony/ATV since 2002. He was named to his current position in 2005 and has been guiding the company through the evolution of the music industry with the rise of digital music consumption and a dramatic drop in physical record sales. Being based in Nashville, Tennessee, Tomlinson oversees the operations of all country music for the world’s largest music publisher. He has won numerous industry awards during his tenure at Sony/ATV, including being named the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Publisher of the Year as well as Billboard’s Country Music Publisher of the Year—10 times in a row. He is also responsible for having signed acts such as Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, and others. At his role at the publishing giant, Tomlinson is also in charge of supervising and overseeing the catalogs and publishing rights of legends such as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and the Everly Brothers, plus millions of other works. I sat down with him in Nashville to ask him about his view on the changing industry of music publishing.

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