Ben Vaughn has been promoted to the role of president at Warner/Chappell Nashville.
In his expanded leadership position, Vaughn will head the company’s entire Nashville operation, reporting directly to Warner/Chappell chair and CEO Jon Platt. He will oversee creative and commercial activities across A&R, administration, business development, finance, and HR.
Vaughn will continue to play a role in signing and developing songwriters, while also engaging in songwriter advocacy and rights protection initiatives.
“There are few places where the art of songwriting is more revered than Nashville,” said Platt, “and Ben’s promotion to the level of President is a reflection of how important this amazing music city is in the life of Warner/Chappell. Ben is a tireless champion of great songwriting talent and a music publishing executive of real passion and integrity. He is loved and respected by the Nashville community, not only for the songwriters he represents, but for his deep commitment to protecting the rights of everyone who creates music. Since joining Warner/Chappell in 2012 as EVP, he has taken our songwriters and our team to unprecedented heights, and he is the ideal leader to help us nurture the next generation of superstars and boldly take our Nashville company into the future.”
"I thrive on supporting and advancing the careers of songwriters, and I’m incredibly fortunate to work with some of the best in the world,” added Vaughn. “It’s a privilege and a thrill to be able to collaborate with the world-class team of people that make up Warner/Chappell. Above all, I’m proud of the first-rate service we give our songwriters, while constantly seeking leading-edge, innovative approaches to expanding their opportunities. Thank you to Jon Platt, who has been a fantastic mentor, partner, and friend. I’m eternally grateful for the trust he’s put in me.”
In recent months, Vaughn and his team have helped secure significant label deals for a number of up-and-coming artists, including Cale Dodds, Devin Dawson, Seth Ennis, LANco, Brandon Lay, Midland, among others.
Vaughn is president of the ACM Board, is on the board of CMA and Music Comms, serves on Belmont University’s Music Industry Advisory Board and is a member of the NMPA. He is also the recipient of Belmont University and ASCAP’s Music City Milestone Award.