Matt Pincus is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Songs Music Publishing, a music publishing firm located in New York and Los Angeles. The company's writers include Matt Thiessen (Relient K, Owl City), Q-Tip, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), Jose Gonzalez, Greg Garbowsky (Jonas Brothers), Andrew McMahon (Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate), and Drake Bell (Star of Nickelodeon TV's Drake & Josh). Songs also publishes and administers a 50% share of the Pharrell Williams catalog, which contains the global hits "Hollaback Girl" (Gwen Stefani), "Rock Your Body" (Justin Timberlake), "Milkshake" (Kelis), "Hot in Herre" (Nelly) and many others.
Under Matt's leadership, Songs has grown from its inception in 2004 to represent over 250 songwriters in all genres of music. The company now employs a staff of 16 people in New York and Los Angeles. Songs' substantial growth has traditionally been organic and bottom up, through the signing of co-publishing agreements with individual writers. Recently, the company has begun acquiring catalogs of existing compositions, completing the Pharrell Williams catalog purchase in December 2009.
Songs is a family enterprise bringing a long-term ownership oriented perspective, leading-edge practices, and a client service mentality to the traditional music publishing business. The company is a copyright partner in 100% of the repertoire it represents and controls its interest in 100% of the copyrights it holds. The key to Songs' success lies in its intimate knowledge and direct control of the copyrights it owns and represents, and its efficient, technology-enabled clearance processes to 'activate' mid-level catalog copyrights without de-valuing top-earning songs.
Before founding Songs, Matt was a Strategy Associate at EMI Group, plc, one of the 4 major global music companies. Prior to that, Matt founded Some Records, an independent record label, and was a writer and Assistant Editor at New York Magazine.
In 2002, Matt graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA. In 1995, he graduated with a BA in English from Columbia College at Columbia University. Matt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and a member of the ASCAP Board of Review. He is also a member of the board of directors of Community Impact, Columbia University's undergraduate community service program, and a member of the board of trustees of the Wooden Nickel Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting cultural arts institutions.