Tim Wipperman has joined indie music company ONErpm as its Managing Director for Nashville.
Wipperman, a veteran music publishing and label executive, joins ONErpm as a Billboard 2022 Country Power Player.
Wipperman moved to Nashville in the 1970s at the invitation of his cousin, Hall of Fame songwriter Rory Bourke, and was hired by Nashville musician Chet Atkins to run Vector Music Publishing.
He then joined Cedarwood Publishing as a song plugger and, later, Combine Music, where he pitched songs for writers such as Kris Kristofferson.
Warner Bros. Music, which became Warner Chappell, then asked Wipperman to run its Nashville office.
After nearly 30 years as an executive at Warner, Wipperman moved to Equity Music Group for five years, then formed his own music company, Wipperman Music Group.
He later served as CEO of Rezonant Music before becoming president of Anthem Music Publishing in 2019.
Wipperman became the youngest publisher to receive the ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year and won BMI, ASCAP and SESAC publisher of the year awards more than 10 times.
His notable artist signees include Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean with Michael Knox, Trace Atkins, Restless Heart and David Alan Coe.
During his time at Warner, his team won more than 500 ASCAP, BMI and SESAC awards, Grammy Awards, and ACM and CMA awards, says ONErpm.
At ONErpm, Wipperman will oversee staff and operations in Nashville, including negotiation of artist deals and growth of the local office.
“I’m honored to join the ONErpm team.”
Tim Wipperman, said: “I’m honored to join the ONErpm team, and look forward to building an amazing, diverse roster in Nashville, managed by a premiere staff focused on artist engagement and development.”
“We are thrilled to have someone of Wipperman’s caliber.”
Emmanuel Zunz, ONErpm founder, added: “We are thrilled to have someone of Wipperman’s caliber run our Nashville office and know he will grow our presence in Music City exponentially.”
While Wipperman will be responsible for growing ONErpm’s Nashville office, the company recently expanded its operations in Africa with the opening of five new offices in Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Osagie Osarenz, who joined ONErpm in 2020 when the company opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria, was promoted to Director of African Operations at the time.Music Business Worldwide