BMG U.S. President Zach Katz Joins NMPA Board of Directors
For Immediate Release: August 11, 2016
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Music Publishers’ Association’s announced that Zach Katz, President of U.S. Repertoire and Marketing for BMG, has joined the NMPA Board of Directors.
NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson said, “Zach’s eye for talent is matched by his keen understanding of our business. 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.”
Zach Katz, President, US Repertoire & Marketing said, “I’m honored to join the respected music industry professionals as a member of the NMPA’s Board, an organization that champions the rights of creative people with such unwavering commitment. 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.”
As President of U.S. Repertoire and Marketing, Katz is in charge of a roster which includes in music publishing star writers such as Bruno Mars, will.i.am, DJ Snake, John Legend, Pitbull, Frank Ocean and Quincy Jones and in recordings artists such as blink-182, Janet Jackson, Alabama, Iron Maiden, Scarface and OK Go. While currently based in BMG’s Los Angeles office, Katz is also responsible for BMG teams in New York, LA, Nashville as well as Rise Records in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to BMG, Katz co-founded record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner JR Rotem, where they scored multi-million album sales and tens of millions of singles sales with artists including Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. Previously he served as GM of Groove Attack USA. He began his career in 1996 as a music attorney.
About the NMPA: Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Learn more at www.nmpa.org.