40 Under 40: Ben Vaughn


Executive VP, Warner/Chappell Nashville


Here’s something that even Ben Vaughn doesn’t know about Ben Vaughn. He had been chosen for the 2012 40 Under 40 list—until we received a bounced-back email announcing he’d fallen victim to EMI layoffs last year. No matter. His rapid comeback at Warner/­Chappell Nashville confirms our previous judgment. Vaughn, 37, has long known what his future held, so perhaps it’s not surprising that he has already led three of the most successful music publishers in Nashville. “I was raised to find what you love to do and figure out how to make money doing it,” says Vaughn, who moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and at the age of 21 was named GM of Big Tractor Music. Thirteen years later he was tapped to be executive VP/GM for EMI Publishing Nashville, and in October 2012, Vaughn was appointed executive VP of Warner/Chappell Nashville. Since he’s been on the job at Warner/Chappell, Vaughn has been instrumental in signing Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Derek George (Rascal Flatts), among others, as well as the extending the company’s publishing partnership with THiS Music. “Our goal is to grow, smartly,” Vaughn says, adding, “Opportunities abound. We’re getting pitched new music daily. The talent’s there, and fortunately we have a company that attracts talent.”