This week’s Power 100 issue of Billboard Magazine is dedicated to today’s top music business influencers. Among those on the list is Incoming chairman and ceo of Sony/ATV Jon Platt, who sat down with Billboard to discuss overcoming adversity, the importance of diversity in the industry, and why the passing of the Music Modernization Act is such a huge achievement.
“To me, the most powerful people are the ones who have faced adversity and then turned that into a better situation than they ever had before,” Platt tells Billboard. The executive notes that when he looks at people like JAY-Z, Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift, he sees people who have used their platforms to help others and who put other people ahead of themselves. “I don’t think it’s really about power,” he adds. “It’s about using the opportunities you have to help others.”
Platt also discusses diversity within the music industry, pointing out that it is a conversation that should be forever ongoing. “Everybody should be given an opportunity to perform, to do jobs,” he says. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from. It doesn’t matter what you look like. Everybody should be given an opportunity.”
“We have to be — as industry and as a country, even — to be disciplined in keeping that conversation going,” Platt continues. “It’s just more important to expand that pool of participants. We have a very diverse industry. Music is diverse. There’s music from all types of people who do all types of music. And my wish is that our industry, the inside of our industry, can and will reflect the outside of our industry.”
You can watch the full video interview with Jon Platt above to hear more, including why he considers the Music Modernization Act to be “the most important piece of legislation passed in a generation that will benefit songwriters directly.”