(Nashville – April 18, 2018) – Sony/ATV Nashville has added four new team members to its creative staff.  Dane Schmidt joins Sony/ATV as Creative Director, Katie Kerkhover joins as Creative Manager, Stephen Denninger joins as Creative Coordinator, and Laura Castillo joins as A&R Assistant.

Dane Schmidt comes to Sony/ATV from Tree Vibez Music, where he oversaw daily operations.

Katie Kerkhover previously worked as an A&R consultant at CAM Creative.  She also toured as a fiddle player for several artists, including Sara Evans and Billy Currington. 

Stephen Denninger is a 2016 Belmont graduate and comes to Sony/ATV from Universal Music Publishing.

Laura Castillo is a soon-to-be Belmont graduate and has interned with Sony/ATV for the past year, working in both the Administrative and Creative offices.

Dane, Katie, and Stephen join veteran A&R team members Josh Van Valkenburg, Terry Wakefield, Tom Luteran, and Hannah Williams.  Their responsibilities will include pitching Sony/ATV’s vast catalog of songs, managing the day-to-day schedules of their writers, and signing new talent to Sony/ATV’s exceptional roster of writers and artists.  Laura is responsible for assisting all members of the A&R team.

The four new additions will report to Senior Vice President Josh Van Valkenburg, who oversees the A&R team in Nashville.  Josh commented, “Dane, Katie, Stephen, and Laura bring another level of energy, excitement, and experience to our team.  They are passionate about songwriters, and we are thrilled to have them join our family!” 

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995, is the world’s leading music publisher.  Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights, including those of EMI Music Publishing and iconic music catalogs such as Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music.  Sony/ATV also controls many of the best known songs ever written such as “New York, New York”, “Hallelujah”, “All You Need Is Love”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Moon River”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “The Mission Impossible Theme”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Stand By Me”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ in the Rain”.  In addition, Sony/ATV represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, The Supremes, Wyclef Jean, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others.  Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Avicii, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Calvin Harris, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga,  P!nk, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Stargate, Taylor Swift, Walk The Moon, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

Paul Williams
Vice President, Communications
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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April 19, 2018 7:05pm ET by Pressparty   Comments (0)

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