Senior VP of Latin America/U.S. Latin, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
With 45 charting titles on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in the past 12 months, Sony/ATV Music Publishing continues its streak of hits, second only to Universal in a year-to-date recap of top publishing corporations. Jorge Mejia, a pianist/composer who has led the company for the past five years, says his biggest challenge has been "finding alternative sources of revenue to combat the ongoing and unrelenting decline in the mechanical market."
In performance royalties, Sony/ATV has delivered, taking home ASCAP's Latin publisher of the year award for the ninth consecutive year, thanks to the work of writers that include Enrique Iglesias, Claudia Brant and Mario Domm. The publisher also scored a coup signing Pitbull; Dominican El Cata, who co-wrote Shakira's hits "Rabiosa" and "Loca"; and renegotiating with Tito "El Bambino," who won ASCAP's Latin songwriter of the year honor. Outside the United States, Mejia also reports an increased market share across Latin America through several subpublishing agreements, including administration of such catalogs as BMG Rights/Cherry Lane (the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Quincy Jones), What a Publishing (David Guetta) and DIPIU (Wilhelm). Perhaps most important, he has taken a proactive stance in spearheading new initiatives to license publishing rights for digital use across the rest of the region and recently delivered a speech at IFPI's Latin America meeting asking for all countries to work toward stronger copyright legislation.
Advice to future Latin Power Players: "Music is more beautiful and stronger than ever today. It is just a matter of time before the music business once again monetizes the amazing potential all around us. In the meantime, it will be your privilege, responsibility and great joy to see it through."