Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the establishment of a new office and studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Located in Buckhead, the Sony/ATV Atlanta office and studios will occupy the former RedZone Entertainment (RZE) production complex, which has served as a creative hub and cultural touchstone in Atlanta for over 25 years.
RZE’s studios have been the foundation for music written and produced for artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Future, Usher, The Dream, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and many others.
Sony/ATV has additionally committed to “provide opportunities for Atlanta’s youth to learn the music publishing business through masterclasses and songwriter training workshops”.
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt stated, “Atlanta has been a major part of my journey for 25 years, and the community there has fostered some of my strongest friendships and relationships in the business. I am so proud that we are officially expanding Sony/ATV’s presence into Atlanta and it is important that we give back to the city’s vibrant creative community. With this new office, we will offer the Atlanta music community special songwriter workshops and all of our best-in-class services.”
” I am so proud that we are officially expanding Sony/ATV’s presence into Atlanta and it is important that we give back to the city’s vibrant creative community.”
Jon Platt, Sony/ATV
Tricky Stewart, CEO of RZ3, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Sony/ATV to a city filled with some of the greatest songwriters and producers. Atlanta has been so good to me, and I want to keep that lifeline and inspiration going for upcoming creators in the same spirit that was done for me 25 years ago.”
Sony/ATV’s new office will be led by A&R veteran Mike Jackson, who will be taking on the role of Vice President, Creative.
The Atlanta office will be the company’s fifth location within the United States, joining Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Miami.
“It’s an honor be a part of cultivating the careers of new and established songwriters, producers and artists in Atlanta with this new Sony/ATV initiative. Atlanta has given us so much great culture and music over the years – it is a tremendous pleasure to help give something great and resourceful back to the Atlanta music community,” stated Mike Jackson.
In his new role, Jackson will be responsible for managing the growth of the Sony/ATV Atlanta A&R team, as well as fostering relationships with songwriters, producers and artists throughout the area.
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt stated, “I’ve worked closely with Mike previously, and I couldn’t be happier to reunite with him as we expand Sony/ATV’s presence into Atlanta. Mike is a veteran A&R executive with a strong track record, and his expertise and leadership will be integral to our success.”
“I am honored to work with Jon and the Sony/ATV team, and I’m looking forward to adding value and keeping up with the already winning momentum here.”
Mike Jackson, Sony/ATV (pictured, main)
Jackson added, “I am honored to work with Jon and the Sony/ATV team, and I’m looking forward to adding value and keeping up with the already winning momentum here.”
As Vice President, Creative, Jackson has already signed hit songwriters to deals with Sony/ATV – Bighead and Priority Beats.
Bighead is a producer and DJ best known for his work with Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, Lil Pump, Lil Tracy, Lil Peep and SmokePurpp, among others.
Gucci Gang by Lil Pump is his biggest produced hit, which earned #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Jackson has also signed Priority Beats, an Atlanta based production team who has worked with Lil Baby on his current album and upcoming releases for Stunna 4 Vegas, Lil Tecca, Polo G, Jacquees, Bryson Tiller and City Girls.
Throughout his career, Jackson has signed and collaborated with major songwriters and producers including Steve Franks, who has produced and written for Social House, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez; Jean Marie, producer of the hit “Power Glide” by Rae Sremmurd; and Chrystal Johnson, who has penned songs for Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Prior to Sony/ATV, Mike most recently worked for BeatRoot Music as its Senior Executive Business Development Consultant. Before his time at BeatRoot Music, he held the position of Head of Music, Director of A&R at Blackground/Interscope and BlackFountain Publishing, which collectively earned the coveted ASCAP “Song of the Year” award.
Previously, Jackson worked at EMI Music Publishing from 2006 to 2010.Music Business Worldwide