Warner Chappell Music (WCM) was named ASCAP, BMI and SESAC’s writer of the yr throughout CMA Awards week in Nashville, marking solely the third time a publishing firm has swept the honor in any respect three performing rights organizations’ annual celebrations.

Only Sony/ATV Nashville has ever additionally achieved this honor: first in 2007 and once more in 2012.

On Sunday, WCM took residence the SESAC writer of the yr award for the second time in three years. On Monday, WCM marked its seventh consecutive win as ASCAP writer of the yr. And on Tuesday, WCM captured its second consecutive writer of the yr award from BMI.

WCM songwriters nabbed a document 56 awards throughout the three award reveals. Additionally Nicolle Galyon received BMI songwriter of the yr (sharing the award with Ross Copperman); Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” co-written by WCM songwriters Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds and  Galyon, received BMI tune of the yr; and The Brothers Osborne obtained the ASCAP Vanguard Award. 

“This momentous achievement is a testomony to our songwriters and the groundbreaking work Ben [Vaughn, CEO/president of Warner Chappell Nashville] and his crew are doing over in Nashville,” mentioned Guy Moot, WCM co-chair and CEO, and Carianne Marshall, WCM co-chair and COO, in a joint assertion. “There’s little question nation music is prospering, and WCM is in command, shaping the way forward for the style and redefining what success seems to be like.”

Vaughn spoke with Billboard by way of electronic mail about his crew capturing the Triple Crown. 

What technique do you have got in place for working along with your writers that led to this yr’s success? 

Our technique is to be constant in a market that has been seeing many adjustments. It issues what you do in the day-to-day particulars and we’re all the time conscious of that. Being a spot the place individuals can belief they’re taken care of — from inventive, to licensing, to staying on the forefront of adjustments in the business, is how we roll. 

I’m proud that the success we’ve had this yr is unfold out — from longtime companions Lady Antebellum and Nicolle Galyon (celebrating her first BMI author of the yr!) to writers receiving their first tune awards like Riley Green and Morgan Evans.  And we’re all loving the real-time international exploding story that’s Dan + Shay and are proud to say they had been OG WCM from day one! 

What did you assume the first time you heard “Tequila?” 

I acquired a textual content of the tune from Dan after he, Nicolle and Jordan wrote it. I thought it was particular — and it was simply nice to see the continued evolution of that group of writers as they’d been working collectively for some time. It’s simply the finest when writers actually gel and discover inventive security in one another — actual magic can occur.

The Brothers Osborne obtained ASCAP’s Vanguard Award. Talk about how they’ve developed a powerful profession that features airplay, however isn’t dependent upon it.

Go see a Brothers Osborne present and watch John Osborne shred guitar and TJ Osborne wail by their set. Everything they do is so genuine to who they’re as creators — identical genuine guys on stage, in the author room and the studio.   

Many of your Nashville-based songwriters, together with Nicolle Galyon and Emily Weisband have been seeing cross-genre success. Do you see any obstacles that also want to come back down?

I assume the obstacles are down in so some ways for like-minded expertise discovering connection in Nashville. I see the subsequent step as persevering with to construct on all of the cross-genre success with extra collaboration domestically and internationally. It’s nice to observe so many writers and artists from throughout the globe discovering their means into Nashville writing rooms and being very proud of the classes. We’ve solely scratched the floor when it comes to what’s attainable and I’m excited for what’s to come back.

How are you going to have a good time?

We determined to provide a spa day to all our workers and songwriters that obtained an award this yr. Everyone deserves a complete chill second inside this loopy yr!


Comments to: Warner Chappell Nashville CEO/President Ben Vaughn on the Publisher’s ASCAP, BMI & SESAC Sweep