Downtown Music Publishing: New Kid In Town

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[caption id="attachment_203527" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Steve Markland, Downtown Music Publishing VP of A&R. Photo courtesy DMP[/caption] Nashville is filled with long-standing institutions in the songwriting/publishing industry, but there’s a relatively new player in town shaking things up: Downtown Music Publishing. Downtown was founded in 2007 by CEO Justin Kalifowitz in an attempt to inject the industry with technological foresight and a more personal touch to publishing. Since then, the company has racked up a catalog of 100,000 songs that they manage, with songwriters John Lennon & Yoko Ono, One Direction, Hans Zimmer, The Kinks’ Ray Davies, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and Santigold on their roster. They began with an office in New York City but soon expanded across the U.S. (Los Angeles, Nashville) and the rest of the globe (London, Tokyo, Amsterdam). As the company grew, a Nashville office was an essential piece on their path to become one of the top tier publishing firms in the business. Music City held a treasure trove of songwriters looking to capitalize on their established successes and make their marks worldwide. “Nashville is the most important songwriting community in the world,” Downtown COO Andrew Bergman says. “Given our aspirations as a publisher, it was…

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