Richard Rowe, the respected music publishing veteran, is leaving Round Hill Music, has confirmed MBW.
Rowe is said to be on her way to becoming another major music industry company (more on that when we get it).
UK CEO Rowe co-founded Round Hill Music in 2010 along with the company’s CEO, Josh Gruss, and its President, Neil Gillis.
Rowe has been vice chairman of Round Hill Music since then.
Prior to Round Hill, Rowe was a founding partner of R2m Music and ran the North American publisher at Kingstreet Music (also known as Crosstown Music).
Rowe’s longest tenure in the music business came from / with Sony.
“Richard Rowe was the third person to join Round Hill in its infancy in 2010 and his ten-year contribution has been very important to the company.”
Josh greetings, Round Hill
From 1991 to 1993 Rowe was President of Sony Music Publishing.
For the next 12 years, Rowe was President of Sony / AT Music Publishing and played a pivotal role in merging Michael Jackson’s ATV catalog with Sony. (Talk about timing: Sony / ATV renamed itself Sony Music Publishing just 25 years after the Jackson merger completed.)
Josh Gruss, confirming Rowe’s departure from Round Hill, told MBW today, “Richard Rowe was the third person to join Round Hill in its infancy in 2010 and his ten-year contribution has been very important to the company.
“We will miss him and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Round Hill Music recently oversaw the acquisition of US $ 282 million in music rights from a private fund it manages (“Fund One”). The buyer was another Fund managed by Round Hill that was recently listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Fund One’s remaining assets – a 29% stake in 100,000 copyrights previously owned by Carlin Music – is expected to be acquired by Round Hill’s listed UK fund in the coming weeks.
Richard Rowe began his career at CBS Records in 1978 before becoming Director of Business Affairs at Sony Records UK (formerly CBS Records UK) from 1982 to 1991.Music business worldwide