Phil Cialdella has been appointed chief operating officer of US independent music publishing house Atlas Music Publishing, founded in 2013 by Richard Stumpf.
Cialdella had been previously SVP of administration and licensing at indie Cherry Lane Music Publishing where he served for 11 years, until July 2010, after which he set up his own company Wonderlous Music.
"Phil joining Atlas feels like a homecoming," said Stumpf, to whom Cialdella reports. "To say Phil is the best publishing operator out there is simply speaking the truth. Atlas is very fortunate to have Phil on the team to help guide the ship as we continue to grow."
At Cherry Lane, Cialdella attracted and retained a broad array of publishing clients over the years, including contemporary platinum-selling artists (Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, John Legend), classic song catalogues (Elvis Presley, Quincy Jones, Ashford & Simpson), and film and television studio heavyweights (DreamWorks SKG, Lionsgate, Weinstein Co., Marvel, World Wrestling Entertainment, NFL Films, 4Kids/Pokémon).
Currently, Cialdella serves on the board of directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), chairs the Licensing & Publishing Committee for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), and is actively involved with other industry trade groups including The Recording Academy, NARIP, NYC3, and others.