Zach Katz, the recently appointed president of US repertoire and marketing for BMG, has joined the National Music Publishers’ Association’s Board of Directors. Katz takes over the seat previously occupied by BMG's former president of the US operations Laurent Hubert.
“I’m honoured to join the respected music industry professionals as a member of the NMPA’s Board, an organisation that champions the rights of creative people with such unwavering commitment," commented Katz. "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.”
Katz is the second most prominent addition to NMPA's Board, following the appointment of Warner/Chappell Music Chairman & CEO Jon Platt at the end of June.NMPA’s Board of Directors consists of 18 music publishers in the United States. In addition to Katz and Platt, it consists of Irwin Robinson (The Richmond Organisation); Martin Bandier (Sony/ATV), Jody Gerson (Universal Music Publishing); Lee Eastman (Eastman & Eastman); Willard Ahdritz (Kobalt); Caroline Bienstock (Carlin); Barry Coburn (Ten Ten Music Group); Neil Gillis (Round Hill Music); Justin Kalifowitz (Downtown); Golnar Khosrowshahi (Reservoir); Jody Klein (ABKCO Music & Records); Leeds Levy (Leeds Music); Chip McLean (Disney Music Group); Ralph Peer (peermusic); Matt Pincus (Songs); and David Renzer (Spirit).
“Zach’s eye for talent is matched by his keen understanding of our business," said NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson. "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.”