Jody Gerson
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
United States
2021

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jody
Gerson

Chairman / CEO

If Gerson took home a trophy every time her company or its writers won an award, she would need a bigger house. After closing out last year as SESAC Publisher of the Year, Universal Music Publishing won 2021 awards as BMI’s Latin Publisher of the Year and ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Publisher of the Year, the latter org also naming UMPG-signed Lil Baby as Songwriter of the Year. The publisher’s writers also earned more than an armload of Grammys, with H.E.R., Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and Brandi Carlile among them. UMPG’s revenue has increased 76% in the six years since Gerson arrived. With Julia Michaels, Clairo and Holly Humberstone among its 2021 deals, licensing pacts with TikTok, Snap and Triller and a new office in Israel, expect that growth to continue.

Career

  • Sony Music Publishing
  • Universal Music Publishing Group
  • EMI Music Publishing

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Hitmakers
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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