Music or Money: What do executives really care about?

Music Industry Insights: In this episode, we chat with John Ozier, Executive Vice President at Reservoir. We spoke about the importance of signing talent based on sound and feeling instead of just numbers as well as explored the new opportunities for music creators.

About John & Reservoir

John started his career as a songwriter. The path of a creator is a long one so he landed an internship that opened the door for him to learn about the business aspect of music. Although now a top executive at Reservoir, John has written top hits and has received several awards from some of the songs he’s written. 

Reservoir is an independent music company based in New York City and with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto and London. Founded as a family-owned music publisher in 2007, the company has grown to represent over 110,000 copyrights and 20,000 master recordings with titles dating as far back as the 1920s, and hundreds of #1 releases worldwide. Reservoir holds a regular Top 10 U.S. Market Share according to Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly and was twice named Publisher of the Year by Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards.

Music or Money?

We spoke to John about the current situation in the music industry and how publishers have been able to thrive thanks to the digital nature of their work. During this time, Reservoir has closed successful syncs and are developing new talent whilst finding new opportunities for their existing songwriters.

John mentioned the importance of signing talent that can genuinely make you feel and move audiences with their music.

At the end of the chat, John offers his three top tips for publishers.

“The key to being successful in the music business is being able to adapt” 

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