19 July, 2017Print
Downtown Promotes Andrew Sparkler to Senior Vice President, Business Development
(New York, NY) July 19, 2017 -- Downtown Music Publishing today announced the promotion of Andrew Sparkler to the role of Senior Vice President, Business Development, reporting to Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Bergman.
Having originally joined Downtown in 2014 as Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations, Sparkler has been an integral part of the team sourcing, negotiating and closing new deals with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Nikki Sixx, Jason Isbell, RJD2, Fania and many more. Additionally, he was the main catalyst behind Downtown's innovative direct partnership with YouTube - an alliance that has already resulted in increased royalties for our songwriters. Andrew also is a frequent writer and speaker on issues surrounding technology, publishing and performing rights.
In his newly expanded position, Sparkler will manage all catalog acquisitions and strategic business development opportunities across the company's global offices.
"It's been amazing to be a witness to Andrew's growth as an executive over the past 3 years and we're truly thrilled to announce his promotion today," said Andrew Bergman. "He shoulders an ever increasing workload and has made himself an indispensable part of the management team. We look forward to many more years with Andrew leading our business development efforts."
"Thanks to Justin and Andrew for this amazing opportunity," said Andrew Sparkler. "Working with the Downtown team has been the most fun and rewarding job that I've had since helping to DJ Bar-Mitzvah's with my cousin, 'Big Al.' I look forward to growing the company and, more importantly, fighting everyday for fair payment to songwriters."
Prior to joining Downtown, Sparkler was Vice President and Head of Business Affairs at ASCAP where he worked closely with songwriters and their representatives. He began his career in the music industry at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman, and is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham School of Law.
Founded in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the world's leading rights-management firms, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, encompassing some of the world's most beloved songwriters and artists including The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, The Kinks, Cy Coleman, Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen, Mötley Crüe, One Direction, Naughty Boy, Hardwell, Sturgill Simpson, Santigold, Carla Bruni, and Social Distortion. The company's technology platform, Songtrust, powers global royalty collection from over 100 countries and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.