Billboard 40 Under 40: Ron Perry, President, SONGS Music Publishing
President, SONGS Music Publishing
Since joining SONGS Music Publishing in 2004, Ron Perry, 34, has worked with founder/CEO Matt Pincus to build the company and its roster, and now oversees 300 writers. In first-quarter 2013, SONGS broke into Billboard’s Top 10 Publisher’s Rankings, thanks to a publishing stake in Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath,” Jonn Hart’s “Who Booty” featuring IamSU! and Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” remix featuring Nelly. Other songwriters on the SONGS roster include Diplo, DEV, Marsha Ambrosius, Brian Lee, Matt Thiessen, Nelly, Q-Tip, Morgan Kibby, Jose Gonzalez and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. Pincus credits Perry with leading the company’s push into diversified genres after starting out mainly signing rock songwriters. Perry now also manages the company’s joint ventures. Beyond the company’s front-line signings, Perry is also in charge of all contract negotiations, song-plugging activities and artist co-writes.