Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Rick Krim as Co-President in the US.
The exec will look after Sony/ATV’s US A&R activities alongside Co-President, U.S. Danny Strick, who is based in the company’s New York office.
Both report directly to Martin Bandier, the Chairman and CEO of the company.
In addition, Krim’s role will carry a number of other responsibilities, which will include expanding the company into new areas of business.
Martin Bandier said: “Rick is a true music industry professional with deep relationships with the best artists, talent managers and industry executives. He truly knows songwriters and will be a great asset to an already strong team. Given his time at MTV and VH1, he will also bring to us a number of additional skills to complement his immense A&R capabilities.”
Krim’s arrival at Sony/ATV returns him to the world of music publishing, while reuniting him with Martin Bandier whom he worked under for six years at EMI Music Publishing.
Rick Krim said: “I cannot wait to get started in this role as I am not only returning to music publishing, but will be reunited with Marty Bandier who I learned so much from during my time at EMI. It is so exciting and such an honor after all these years to get a chance to work with him again, especially at a company as dynamic as Sony/ATV that is blessed with so many great songwriters and artists. I am also looking forward to working with Danny and the rest of the Sony/ATV team.”
Krim brings to the new role more than 30 years’ experience in the music industry. He started his career at MTV Networks as a business manager in 1982, the year after the music TV service launched in the US.
By 1985 he had risen through the ranks to become Manager of Talent and Artist Relations and in 1992 was made Vice President of Talent and Artist Relations where he served as a proxy between MTV, artists and the music industry.
A career switch took him to EMI Music Publishing, then the world’s leading music publisher under its Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier.
He spent six years at the company as Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Marketing in which he oversaw the promotion and marketing department, while signing new artists and songwriters. Among the talent he signed were Train, Goo Goo Dolls and Good Charlotte.
He returned to music TV broadcasting and MTV owner Viacom in 2001 when he was named Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming for VH1. It gave him responsibility for all talent and label relations for VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia and VH1 Digital as he served as the main link between the Network, music artists, their management and record labels. During this period he also oversaw the development of VH1’s You Oughta Know, which exposed viewers to new and emerging artists, while his other successes included VH1 Storytellers and VH1 Divas.
Krim joined Republic Records in 2014 in the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Artist Development.Music Business Worldwide