Big Deal Music Founder and President Kenny MacPherson Joins NMPA Board
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2018
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer
Washington, D.C. – The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today announced Kenny MacPherson has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors. As the Founder and President of Big Deal Music Group, Kenny oversees all operations from their headquarters in Los Angeles including their offices in New York, Nashville and London.
“We are extremely pleased to have Kenny MacPherson on our board,” said NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson. “As a trailblazer in the music industry with incredible experience and a hugely respected and expanding company, Kenny will be an invaluable addition.”
“We are very excited our Board has elected Kenny,” NMPA President & CEO David Israelite said. “I know he is deeply passionate about protecting music creators, and I’m thrilled he will be at the table while we work towards that goal.” Israelite added, “Kenny’s rapid growth of Big Deal is a testament to his skill at finding and shepherding talent. His history as a songwriter advocate and business innovator will be a huge asset to us as we work to improve the music licensing landscape so companies like his can thrive.”
“I am honored to have been elected to serve alongside my peers at the NMPA,” said MacPherson. “The NMPA plays a crucial role in advocating for the rights of songwriters and I am thrilled to be able to contribute in any way I can.”
Prior to forming Big Deal Music Group, Kenny served as President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music Division North America, a company he joined in 2001. While at Chrysalis, Kenny and his team revitalized the company with the signing of such acts as Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, OutKast, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Afghan Whigs, Thom Yorke and Dan Wilson, as well as esteemed producers Joe Henry, Ethan Johns, Daniel Lanois and Dave Sitek. MacPherson continued to head Chrysalis N.A. until the parent company was bought by BMG in late 2010.
Kenny got his start in music publishing in the early 80s, forming Redhead Music Publishing a venture between Rondor music and Mismanagement, the company that managed Supertramp and other superstars. In 1989, he went to Warner/Chappell, running the company’s New York offices, later moving to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. During his 13 years at WCM, MacPherson signed such prestigious artists as Radiohead, Underworld, Paul Westerberg, Afghan Whigs, BRMC and the Blue Nile. He began his musical journey as a concert manager Glasgow’s Apollo Theatre before becoming Billy Connolly’s tour manager.