NY creative rights manager opens Row office, buy song catalog

Firm hires MPR, Warner/Chappell alum to lead local operations

A New York-headquartered rights management company focused on music publishing has set up shop on 18th Avenue South and acquired a song catalog that includes No. 1 hits by Lonestar and George Strait.

Round Hill Music also has recruited local music industry veteran Mark Brown as vice president and general manager of its Nashville office. Previously, Brown, pictured here, was with MPR Entertainment Group's publishing arm, Root 49 Music, where he spent three years as chief creative officer. Brown also has spent time at Warner/Chappell as creative director for Universal Music Publishing Group and senior director of A&R for Sony Records.

“Nashville is a vital hub of creators,” said Neil Gillis, president of Round Hill and a former president of S1 Songs America. “Round Hill is proud to expand our business by entering into this market.”

In addition to their office and personnel news, Round Hill execs also said they have acquired the Big Tractor song catalog, which includes “Amazed,” by Lonestar, which spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard Country charts in 1999. Also in the catalog are the more recent hits, “Doin’ What She Likes,” by Blake Shelton and “All Over The Road,” by Easton Corbin.