David Hockman, former chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music, has joined classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes as a non-executive director.

Boosey & Hawkes owns rights in major 20th Century composers such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Britten, Bartók, Copland and Strauss, and has exclusive agreements with many of the top composers. A former public company, the publisher was taken private in 2003 when it was acquired by Hg Capital and a management team led by John Minch, now chief executive.

"David was in the original buyout team, and we are delighted that he is joining us at last," says Minch. "Music publishing is the place to be right now as it is able to make the transition to digital exploitation quite painlessly. The way that we do that needs careful thinking through, and David's experience in this area is perfect for us."

Before joining Sony, Hockman was CEO of Edel Publishing. From 1986 to 1998, he was CEO of Polygram Music Publishing, which he helped build into one of the world's largest music publishing companies. While at Polygram, Hockman led more than 150 acquisitions including
rights in compositions by Elton John, Abba, Bob Marley, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Kern.

"Boosey & Hawkes has clearly been transformed over the last three years," says Hockman. "It's now about really selling this wonderful music in new ways to a new audience. I know I can help with that. Boosey has a rock solid business in its core classical music market, with live concert music in blooming health. They are only starting to scratch the surface in film, advertising and TV exploitation of their music catalog as well as new digital distribution. This is a great time to be joining."

Over the last year, Boosey & Hawkes has published more than 70 new concert works. It currently has five operas as works in progress.

The publisher has offices in New York, London and Berlin.