It has been a good few months for Martin Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who received exciting news on two fronts: a top industry honor and easier access to his beloved cigars.
The Recording Academy last November announced that Bandier, 73, will receive the President’s Merit Award at the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons on Feb. 7, at the pre-Grammy bash hosted by Clive Davis. The award, which never before has been given to a music publisher, recognizes an executive’s career contributions to the music business and philanthropic endeavors. Then, in December, President Barack Obama announced diplomatic moves with Cuba that could increase import availability of personal products, including cigars.
“I smoke Trinidads when I can get them,” says Bandier. “Hopefully, I will be able to buy them more readily.”
Seizing opportunities in a changing landscape is how Bandier built his 40-year career. Since 2007, he has led Sony/ATV, the world’s largest music publisher. And he has given back: 100 students have graduated from the selective Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries, which he founded in 2006 at Syracuse University, his alma mater.
Longtime friend and top music industry attorney Allen Grubman sums up his pal: “Marty is without a doubt the greatest music publisher of his generation.”