24 May, 2019Print
Downtown Music Publishing Promotes Roberto Neri to EVP, U.K. & Head of European Business Development
New York and London, May 24, 2019 — Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Roberto Neri to Executive Vice President, U.K., and Head of European Business Development for its parent company, Downtown Music Holdings. In this dual role, Neri will lead broader acquisition and expansion opportunities in the region while continuing to represent Downtown Music Publishing’s interest in the U.K., and maintain Downtown’s relationships with collective management organizations. He will continue to report directly to CEO Justin Kalifowitz.
“Roberto has been instrumental in bringing first-rate songwriters, producers and iconic catalogs to Downtown, while simultaneously supporting the growth of our global business and serving as a key ambassador for Downtown in the U.K. music publishing community. I’m thrilled that he’s taking on this expanded leadership role with our broader group and can’t think of anyone better suited as we continue to invest within the region,” said Downtown Music Holdings CEO Justin Kalifowitz.
In the past two years, Neri has led signings with numerous high-profile songwriters and producers, including Saltwives, the British writer-producer duo behind some of the biggest songs globally (“Remind Me To Forget” - Kygo ft. Miguel, “Dusk Till Dawn” - Zayn ft. Sia). Neri also led the acquisition of Salli Isaak Music including the works of U.K. hitmakers Jimmy Napes, who is behind much of the Sam Smith catalog, and Paloma Faith, as well as driving partnerships with Faber Music, home to songs from the Cats Musical.
“I’m excited and truly honoured to take on this new role within Downtown Music Holdings. It is an exciting time for the company, and I’m grateful to Justin for his continued support. The U.K. and Europe continue to be incredibly important markets for both creators and consumers of music, and I’m eager to help shape and execute our ongoing expansion in the U.K. and across Europe,” said Neri.
Overseeing Downtown’s activity in the U.K. and other European territories, Neri’s leadership has frequently been recognized by the broader music publishing community, helping to land the company a nomination for “Publisher of the Year” at the 2019 Music Week Awards.
Neri, who joined Downtown in 2015 through its acquisition of Eagle-i Music, represents Downtown as an authority on copyright and is an elected board director at PRS for Music, PPLPRS Ltd, and the Music Publishers Association. He has also been instrumental in the company’s development and implementation of its multi-territory licensing strategy.
About Downtown Music Holdings
Downtown Music Holdings is an integrated music copyright management, investment, and technology company that owns and operates Downtown Music Publishing, SongtrustⓇ, AVL Digital Group, and Downtown Music Studios. Downtown Music Publishing offers bespoke creative publishing services to some of the world's most beloved songwriters and storied catalogs including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Geroge Gershwin, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, Tori Amos, John Prine, The Kinks, One Direction, Mötley Crüe, Robin Thicke, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, and Carla Bruni, among others. Songtrust, the world’s most popular rights management platform, powers royalty collection from over 100 territories and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide. Today, more than 170,000 individual songwriters and music publishers use the Songtrust platform to manage their licensing and royalty collection. AVL Digital Group comprises industry-leading music distribution, rights management and artist services businesses, including AdRev, CD Baby, DashGo and Soundrop. Downtown Music Studios, a professional multi-room recording facility located in Manhattan’s Soho district, has contributed to the creation of some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful sound recordings of the past decade.