Ralph Peer, II, Chair and CEO of peermusic, oversees a global network of music publishing companies operating from 35 offices in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in the company's catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock 'n' roll, Ralph Peer, II directs the largest privately owned company of its kind in the world.
A respected authority on copyright, Ralph is vice president and director of the National Music Publishers' Association (U.S.A.) and the Harry Fox Agency. He is a lifetime director and past president of the Country Music Association and served for many years as a publisher/director of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). In the international arena, Peer is past Chairman and a Director of the Brussels-based International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) and is on the board of the GRD, the music industryís Global database initiative. He served for a number of years on the board of MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, U.K.).
He is a former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA for whom he delivered the 1983 Jean Geiringer lecture in International Copyright Law. In 2001, the American Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored him with their music publisher's award.
Peer serves as CEO of digitalpressure.com, Inc., peermusic's digital distribution service. He was a founding director of eMusic, the first record company with a primary focus on the Internet as a platform for the sale and electronic distribution of music.
Peer received his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Business School. Peer holds an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.
Mr. Peer is based in San Francisco, California.
Founded by Ralph S. Peer in 1928, peermusic is now the only truly independent music publishing company with a worldwide presence. Through its network of over 30 offices peermusicís professionals actively support and develop a roster of talented writers and artists, while managing a diverse catalog of over a quarter million titles. More information is at www.peermusic.com.