Jody Gerson
United States

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jody
Gerson

Chairman / CEO

Gerson’s music industry roots go back to her father, who owned and ran nightclubs in the Philadelphia-South Jersey region where performers like Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross would regularly headline. But her business bona fides are entirely self-made.

A veteran of music publishing since the days of sheet music, Gerson started at Chappell Music in an entry level position from which she was able to learn the ins and outs of what was then – and still is now – a business of pennies. Gerson parlayed her knowledge to make a move to EMI Music Publishing, where she ran the company’s east coast office, and later headed west in 1991.

In January 2008, Gerson left EMI for rival Sony/ATV Music Publishing, ascending to US Co-President. It was there that she signed a 15-year-old Alicia Keys and also brought in Lady Gaga, Norah Jones and Pharrell Williams. In 2015, she assumed the post of chairman of Universal Music Publishing Group, arguably one of the top positions in the music business – for a woman or otherwise.

There, Gerson has signed dozens of deals with top-selling and –streaming artists like Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Maroon 5. Additional feathers in her always fashionable cap include an exclusive deal to administer Prince’s entire song catalog and poaching Bruce Springsteen’s publishing over the summer.

Beyond lyrics and melodies, Gerson has produced several movies, including “Drumline” and “ATL,” with plans to further expand UMPG’s visual media initiatives in the coming years.

Career

  • EMI Music
  • Universal Music Group
  • Warner/Chappell Music

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Power of Women

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Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Carly Simon to Global Admin Deal

Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Carly Simon to Global Admin Deal

Singer and songwriter Carly Simon, whose hits include "You're So Vain," "That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be," and "Let the River Run" from the movie "Working Girl," has signed a global administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the company announced today. The deal covers Simon’s song catalog as well as music published by Simon's C’est Music and Quakenbush Music Ltd.Said UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson: “Both as an iconic songwriter and heroine of the heart, Carly has...

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