Warner/Chappell Music Announces Partnership With Roc Nation Nashville & Rhythm House, BJ Hill Upped To VP/A&R
June 28, 2016 at 7:55 AM (PT)
ROC NATION NASHVILLE, a newly formed division of ROC NATION, has entered into a publishing partnership with WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC (WCM), the music publishing arm of WARNER MUSIC GROUP (WMG). Under the agreement, WCM will publish ROC NATION NASHVILLE’s music publishing repertoire. This marks the latest pact between ROC NATION and WCM, which first joined forces in 2013 when the companies signed global publishing agreements for JAY Z and ROC NATION’s music publishing roster.
ROC NATION NASHVILLE and WCM have also established a venture with chart-topping songwriter/producer/publisher/DJ JESSE FRASURE. The new venture, RHYTHM HOUSE, will comprise FRASURE’s own writing and production activities, as well as the signing and development of other composers and producers. Coinciding with the launch of ROC NATION NASHVILLE, WCM has upped BJ HILL from Sr. Director/A&R.
ROC NATION President JAY BROWN stated, “There is nothing like working with the right individuals, at the right time, forming the right partnership. Launching ROC NATION NASHVILLE with WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC NASHVILLE is a natural extension of the relationship we started so many years ago, and our venture with JESSE FRASURE and his RHYTHM HOUSE take the possibilities to a next level. JESSE's talent, understanding of the craft, and creativity are unmatched. We’re also excited to work with BJ HILL. He has a passion and respect for artists and their artistry and we look forward to working alongside him as we grow the ROC NATION NASHVILLE roster."
“I am thrilled to welcome ROC NATION to Music City and to our WARNER/CHAPPELL NASHVILLE FAMILY,” said WCM NASHVILLE EVP BEN VAUGHN. “All of us at WCM are excited to expand our already successful relationship that started with JON PLATT, JAY Z, and JAY BROWN. We’re also fortunate to work with ROC NATION’S TAMARA CONNIFF, and are incredibly happy that JESSE FRASURE is on board with the new partnership. JESSE’s one of the most creative, dynamic, and multi-talented figures on the music scene today, and his new venture is a fantastic way to help ROC NATION make the NASHVILLE music market more diverse and exciting. To top it off, we’re excited to watch long time publishing colleague BJ HILL flourish in his expanded role.”
FRASURE added, "I'm honored and grateful to begin this next chapter with partners like ROC NATION and WARNER/CHAPPELL, whom I've admired throughout my career. Having this opportunity -- combined with having a longtime friend and industry-respected individual like BJ HILL join the RHYTHM HOUSE team -- is a dream come true."