Ben Vaughn Named Warner/Chappell's Nashville EVP
Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Ben Vaughn to the newly-created position of executive vice president of its Nashville office, the company announced.
Vaughn started at the company as an intern, then served as general manager of Nashville's Big Tractor Music before moving to EMI Publishing, where he worked closely with current Warner/Chappell president of creative Jon Platt. Vaughn was responsible for signing Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Rhett Akins to EMI, as well as working with Alan Jackson, Jerry Flowers, and more.
In early 2010, Vaughn became the youngest executive to head a major publisher in Nashville, running EMI Publishing’s country unit until the company’s acquisition by Sony/ATV in June.
Warner/Chappell has been rapidly renewing itself over the course of this year, consolidating its production properties in April, increasing its focus on R&B and hip-hop, hiring Platt, the man who brought Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Usher, and more to the EMI roster, and nabbing the music rights of Miramax's entire filmography.
The company said in its statement: "Warner/Chappell songwriters contributed to 34 of this year's American Country Award nominations," as well as scoring a 15.1% share of country radio airplay in the second quarter of the year.