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Ben Vaughn Rises to President of Warner/Chappell Nashville

Vaughn has claimed the rare distinction of having overseen two major Nashville publishers.

Ben Vaughn has been promoted to president of Warner/Chappell’s Nashville operation.

In his newly expanded role, Vaughn has duties for all creative and commercial activities across A&R, administration, business development, finance, and human resources and will continue to be involved in signing and developing the music publishing giant’s roster of songwriters. 

“There are few places where the art of songwriting is more revered than Nashville,” comments Jon Platt, chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, “and Ben’s promotion to the level of president is a reflection of how important this amazing music city is in the life of Warner/Chappell.”

Vaughn joined Warner/Chappell in 2012 as executive vp and his impact was immediately felt. Warner/Chappell Nashville under Vaughn was named ASCAP’s top country publisher of 2013, its first such honor in 17 years.


Since then, he has “taken our songwriters and our team to unprecedented heights, and he is the ideal leader to help us nurture the next generation of superstars and boldly take our Nashville company into the future,” adds Platt, to whom he reports. 

Vaughn, who was named to Billboard’s “40 Under 40: Music’s Top Young Power Players” list, has claimed the rare distinction of having overseen two major Nashville publishers (he became the youngest executive to head a major publisher in Nashville as evp & GM for EMI). 

Vaughn began his executive career at 20 years old, serving as the general manager of Nashville’s Big Tractor Music before moving to EMI. The exec is president of the ACM Board, is on the board of CMA and Music Comms, serves on Belmont University’s Music Industry Advisory Board, and is a member of NMPA. He is also the recipient of Belmont University and ASCAP’s Music City Milestone Award.