Downtown Music Services makes raft of senior US promotions

Bruce Lampcov has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President & Executive Producer

Downtown Music Services (DMS) has announced a raft of senior executive promotions within its US team.

DMS was launched in April as a subsidiary of Downtown Music Holdings, following a shift to focus exclusively on music services after Concord acquired the New York-based firm’s entire owned music rights catalog for $400 million.

Bruce Lampcov has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President & Executive Producer, while Sean McGraw takes on the newly created role of SVP, Catalogue Management.

Emily Stephenson, meanwhile, has become Vice President, Business Operations, and Frank Pagano has been promoted to become Vice President, Global Client Services.

Sean McGraw and Frank Pagano are based in New York, Emily Stephenson will work out of Nashville and Bruce Lampcov will operate from the company’s office in Los Angeles.

All four executives will report to Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music Services.

In his new role, Lampcov will continue to source new business opportunities, and will be focused on securing new deals with active songwriters, catalogs and estates, as well as bringing in new marketing and distribution opportunities on the master side of the business.

Lampcov began his career in the 1980s as a producer and engineer, working with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Brian Ferry, The Pretenders, Lou Reed, The The, and The Eurythmics.

He also helped launch Kobalt Music, where he was Managing Director for its initial 4 years.

As SVP, Catalogue Management, McGraw will develop and manage executive relationships with the company’s legacy catalogues, alongside cultivating lasting partnerships.

He joined Downtown Music Publishing in 2007, before moving to Downtown affiliate Songtrust in 2018 as Global Head of Rights Management.

In her new role, Stephenson will provide Downtown Music Services and the Downtown Music Holdings leadership with resources to make informed business decisions and improvements based on partner and client performance, says the company.

Stephenson moved to NYC from Nashville in 2012 to run Publishing Operations at Downtown affiliate, Songtrust.

There, Stephenson onboarded Songtrust’s first enterprise B2B partnership, and led Downtown’s publishing administration global expansion to over 120 territories.

Since joining the company in 2009, Frank Pagano has held a number of key positions in Rights Management, including tenures managing the Sync Licensing, Copyright and Royalties departments, before co-heading the Global Client Services dept.

The new appointments follow the news of the promotion of Kasey Fries, who was named Vice President of Operations at DMS in November.

“Emily, Sean, Frank and Bruce are hugely talented and dedicated people.”

Mike Smith, Downtown Music Services

Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music Services said: “I am delighted that at the end of a successful year for Downtown Music Services, I am able to announce new roles for some of Downtown’s longest serving employees.

“Emily, Sean, Frank and Bruce are hugely talented and dedicated people who have always enjoyed a close relationship with our songwriters and their catalogues.

“These positions reflect the tremendous contribution they have made to the company in recent years and underline our commitment to providing the best possible service to the songwriting community.”Music Business Worldwide

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