Matt is the CEO of SONGS Music Publishing, and a Co-Founder and Partner of its sister label, RECORDS. Matt founded SONGS in 2004 on the theory that contemporary songwriters were underserved by the broader industry. Under his stewardship, the company has grown into the leading contemporary independent music publisher. In 2017, Billboard Magazine named Matt to its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Music.
In addition to his roles at SONGS and RECORDS, Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. One of the youngest senior members of the trade, Matt has been a strenuous advocate for fair and equitable pay for songwriters and independent publishers. Some of Matt’s signature initiatives include advocating rate parity for independent songwriters and publishers (click here
for more), and equitable compensation for music videos for independent publishers and songwriters (click here
for more). In a nod to his roots as the bass player for the seminal New York hardcore band Judge, Matt recently created Know Your Rights, a not for profit initiative aimed at getting storied hardcore and punk artists paid for their streaming music.
Before founding SONGS, Matt was a Strategy Associate at EMI Group, plc, one of the four major global music companies. Prior to that, he founded Some Records, an independent record label, and Ultra14, an Internet marketing firm. Previously, he was a writer and Assistant Editor at New York Magazine. Matt earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2002.