Larry Mestel, Founder and CEO of Primary Wave Music, Joins NMPA Board of Directors
Main wave Music founder and CEO Larry Mestel has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA).
Mestel has over 30 years of experience working at multiple record labels before founding Primary Wave, an independent music publishing, marketing and talent management company in the United States.
New York-based Primary Wave acquired the rights to the music of the likes of Prince, Bing Crosby, Luther Vandross, Chris Isaak, Teddy Pendergrass, Gerry Goffin, James Brown and many others.
The company also recently acquired all rights to Regent Music Corporation and Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc., the catalog publisher founded by music publishing legend Gene Goodman and his late brother, Harry.
Prior to founding Primary Wave Music, Mestel was the CEO and General Manager of Virgin Records, where he was responsible for the marketing, sales and business related aspects of the company.
During his tenure here, he worked with artists including The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri and Lenny Kravitz.
From 2000 – 2004, Mestel was Executive Vice President and General Manager at Arista Records, managing sales, international and strategic marketing, A&R and marketing administration, finance and business affairs.
While at Arista, he helped develop artists such as Avril Lavigne, Outkast, Usher, Pink, Carlos Santana and Dido.
Mestel also holds the position of CEO of Island Entertainment Group, which includes Island ProfileIsland Music Publishing and Island Pictures.
“Larry has always had a great vision of where the business is going.”
Irwin Robinson, NMPA
Irwin Robinson, Chairman of the NMPA Board of Directors, said: “Larry has always had a great vision of where the business is headed and has closely fostered the careers of some of the most talented musicians in the world.
“I am delighted to welcome him to the board and know that he will make an immediate impact as we face so many exciting changes and huge challenges.”
“I have known and respected Larry for many years.”
David Israelite, President & CEO of NMPA, added: “I have known and respected Larry for many years and am delighted to have him on our board as we lead the charge to music creators are overrated, a task that Larry takes very seriously.
“He is a strategic leader in all aspects of our industry and is ahead of the curve on many of the biggest trends we’re seeing today.
“Known for his passion and commitment to creators, his insight and experience will be a huge asset to our leadership.”
“I am honored to be working with David, Irwin and the rest of the Board of Directors.”
Larry Mestel, said: “I am honored to be working with David, Irwin and the rest of the Board of Directors.
“I admire David Israelite’s tenacity, wisdom, and commitment to the artist and publishing community over a decade.
“NMPA is an important partner for those who create and own songs, and I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to its mission.”Worldwide music business
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