In November last year MBW reported that Steve Clark, a two-decade veteran of Warner Chappell Music, would be departing the company’s ranks at the end of 2019.
Today (August 20), we learn that the widely-respected executive has joined New York-based Round Hill Music as Global Chief Operating Officer.
Based primarily in London, Clark’s appointment is effective immediately and he will report to Round Hill Founder and CEO Josh Gruss.
Clark was most recently Executive VP of Global Operations at Warner Chappell Music.
An accomplished musician, after graduating from Liverpool University in 1987 with a music degree Clark joined sheet music specialists IMP as a music editor and many of his published arrangements are still in print today.
During his 10 years at IMP, Clark rose through the ranks to head up all production, copyright and licensing, before joining Warner Chappell Music as Head of Copyright in 1998.
Clark’s responsibilities at Warner Chappell Music extended to all copyright and royalty administration across Europe before being appointed EVP, Global Operations during which he led the build and rollout of the company’s new global contracts, copyright and royalty system, which now allows songwriters and composers to view statements and other metrics online and via mobile apps.
Steve has also been influential on a number of high-profile music industry committees, having sat on the UK boards of MPA, the ICMP and IMPA.
In December 2019, he was awarded the MPA’s ‘Tony Pool Award’ for his outstanding contribution to administration within the music industry.
“Steve joining Round Hill Music is a major coup for our company as he brings with him an unparalleled level of industry insight and expertise.”
Josh Gruss, Round Hill Music
Josh Gruss, Founder and CEO of Round Hill Music, said: “Steve joining Round Hill Music is a major coup for our company as he brings with him an unparalleled level of industry insight and expertise.
“His experience in the global music publishing sector will be invaluable to us as we push forward with our ambitious plans for growth while continuing to position Round Hill Music as one of the world’s leading independent music companies.”
“After twenty great years at Warner Chappell Music I was ready for a new challenge and having watched the rise of Round Hill Music over recent times I was intrigued and impressed with what they had managed to achieve in a relatively short space of time.”
Steve Clark added: “After twenty great years at Warner Chappell Music I was ready for a new challenge and having watched the rise of Round Hill Music over recent times I was intrigued and impressed with what they had managed to achieve in a relatively short space of time.
“Meeting Josh and hearing the passionate way he spoke about his ambitious plans for the company was enough to convince me to join the team.
“Round Hill Music has developed a tremendous platform and I am excited to be joining the firm at this exciting time in its evolution.
“I look forward to working alongside Josh and his talented team to help the company move forward and continue to grow as a leader in this space.”Music Business Worldwide