Amy Thomson is stepping out of her role as Chief Catalog Officer at Hypnosis Song Management at the end of September, MBW has confirmed — but will remain with the company as an advisor.
Hipgnosis founder Merc Mercuriadis has paid tribute to Thomson and her contributions to the music firm, noting “how many hours and careful consideration she puts into every detail.” [of her role] was too big”.
Thomson joined Hypnosis two years ago after a highly successful stint in artist management, working with clients including Swedish house Mafia and DJ Snake. Thomson also served as Kanye West’s marketing consultant during the artist’s Yeezus period.
Founder of ATM Management, his achievements prior to Hipgnosis included taking the Swedish house mafia to Madison Square Garden, selling the venue in four minutes.
At Hipgnosis Song Management, UK-based Thomson helped with the development of an in-house data platform for Hipgnosis’s acquired catalogue, as well as working closely with the firm’s sync and marketing functions.
Following Thomson’s departure from the full-time role, his previous management duties will be split between Ben Katowski (COO and President, Hypnosis Song Management) and Ted Cockley (Chief Music Officer, Hypnosis Song Management).
In July, with Mercuriadis, Thomson announced A digital governance and sub-publishing partnership with Sacem and PeerMusic. Thomson said that, through this deal, “the true agenda of completely transparent and optimal revenue takes a huge leap forward in the direction we promised”.
Paying tribute to Thomson today, Mercuriadis said: “I’m pretty sure Amy and I have been together more than a few lifetimes. Regardless of how our careers have developed, we are first and foremost managers who share the same Songwriters/artists-share first principles.
“We have both chosen to grow our careers beyond artist management because of our passion to drive change in the industry to move songwriters and artists from the bottom of the economic equation to the top. We advocate with simple logic and fight regardless of the politics of this industry. We know the difference between right and wrong and we are the deciders.”
He continued: “Amy was one of the most successful people in our industry prior to coming to Hypnosis and the confidence that came with it has been a huge asset to us as we took the traditional publishing business and reinvented it in song form. Introduced Management.
“To say Amy is fearless would be a huge understatement, so when I asked her to throw all the rules out the window and redesign everything as she saw it, it came very naturally.”
Merck Mercuridis, Hypgnosis
“To say he’s fearless would be a huge understatement, so when I asked him to throw all the rules out the window and redesign everything as he saw it it came very naturally. Even though he To make it easier for us to make a future, I know how many hours and careful thought he put into every detail was enormous.
“Amy is a force of nature that easily effort our 2 plus years 4 years and I can’t think of anyone else that has done that. Simply put, she helped accelerate our growth.” Of.
“I’m so grateful to him for believing in me and in Hipgnosis and making such a significant contribution to our success. One of the most successful and culturally significant songs ever made in 4 years by any other company for the better part of $3 billion.” It was not easy to do but it would have been impossible if Amy had not put the fort down.
“As a result of our partnership with Blackstone we now have all the capital we need and again I have been able to make this a reality because I knew I could rely on Amy to manage the catalogue. He Equally has helped super-serve our public fund and make it a huge success for both our shareholders and the incredible songwriters who have entrusted us with their iconic songs.
“I am delighted that she will continue to be part of the Hypnosis family through the new counseling arrangement we have established. Over the years, no matter where I am in the world, I know I am either going to wake up or Amy I’m going to sleep with a flurry of emails from me and this will continue for a long time.”
Amy Thomson appeared on Popular MBW Podcasts Earlier this year he outlined three things he believed the modern music industry needed to fix — and why.
The Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a UK-listed Hipgnosis entity, has so far spent over $2 billion on the rights to the songs.
Hypnosis Song Management It is the Investment Manager and ‘Song Management’ partner of both Hypnosis Songs Fund and Hypnosis Song Capital.
The latter is backed by private fund Blackstone and has this year acquired catalogs from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and the Leonard Cohen estate.worldwide music business