The core strength of any organization is the people on its team. Simply put, our team rocks! They come from diverse backgrounds in the music business and bring their deep and long-lasting personal relationships with them. This is more than just a collection of great people, as the sum of them together equates to a group that has a strong sense of mutual commitment to the RHM Mission and, therefore, to Round Hill’s success.
Josh Gruss was previously a partner at Gruss & Co., a private investment firm based in New York City. Prior to working at Gruss & Co., Joshua worked in investment banking at Bear Stearns & Co. Before his career in finance, Josh worked at Sony Music, Atlantic Records and Clear Channel’s Live Music Division. Mr. Gruss earned his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and an MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School. Josh is a Berklee School of Music trustee. He served 6 years in the U.S Coast Guard.
Neil is the former Managing Director of Alfred Music Publishing. Neil was previously President of S1 Songs America and also its predecessor Dimensional Music Publishing. Previously, he was East Coast GM for Concord Music Group after spending 16 years with Warner/Chappell Music, most recently as SVP of Creative Music Solutions. He also spent 6 years as the Head of International for BMI. Neil is a composer, classically trained French horn player and jazz guitarist. He serves on the boards of the BMI Foundation, the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the National Music Publishers Association.
Richard was a founding partner of R2M Music. Previously, Richard was the President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, having worked for Sony Music/ CBS for over 26 years. Richard negotiated the acquisition of ATV Music Publishing that included the Beatles catalog. He was responsible for signing writers such as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Stevie Nicks, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan, Fugees, Sade, Everything But The Girl, and Oasis. Richard is a UK solicitor and is based in New York, London and Los Angeles.
Jennifer Scher is the Chief Financial Officer of Round Hill Music. Previously, from 2008 to 2012, Ms. Scher was the Chief Financial Officer of Spirit Music Group. From 2004 to 2007, she was Senior Director of Corporate Finance at EMI Music Publishing, where she also served as Director of Finance for North America from 1997 to 2004. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Scher worked at CBS in the Corporate Audit Department. From 1993 to 1996, she was a Senior Analyst in the Audit and Business Advisory Practice Department of Arthur Andersen. Ms. Scher graduated with a B.S. from Tufts University, earned an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michael spent 7 years at Warner/Chappell music serving as the Sr. Director of Creative IT and Marketing Development, and previously the Director of Strategic Marketing. Throughout his tenure he helped build the advertising and video game division by pitching and licensing Warner/Chappell’s catalog; developed branding and marketing strategies; developed and deployed interactive promo kits; and was the designer of the company’s creative pitching system. Prior to Michael’s tenure at WCM, he was a music supervisor with credits ranging from CBS’ 94 and 98 Winter Olympic broadcast; Cartoon Network’s “Courage the Cowardly Dog”; Scholastic’s feature “Clifford’s Big Movie” to WBOL’s interactive Looney Tunes and Gotham Girls webisodes. Early in his career, Michael produced and managed a number of music libraries. Michael is a composer and a graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Mark comes to Round Hill Music with an extensive Nashville based career. He has been involved in the music industry as a creative in the both the record label and music publishing areas. Mark started his career at Silverline/Goldline Music where he worked with such songwriters as Steve Earle, Jimbeau Hinson, and Tony Brown. When Silverline/Goldline merged with Lorimar Telepictures, Mark remained with the company as the main creative marketing person in the Nashville operation. During this time he secured many recordings for the company including “A Little Bit In Love” and “Chains” both of which were #1 hits for Patty Loveless. When Lorimar Telepictures merged with Time-Warner, Mark remained and worked for Warner/ Chappell Music. During his tenure he had the opportunity to work such writers as Gretchen Peters, Gail Davies, Steve Bogard, Lionel Cartwright, Jon Vezner, and Steve Earle as well as securing many notable cuts for the company including “The Chill Of An Early Fall” #1 for George Strait, title cuts on Randy Travis’ “High Lonesome,” Highway 101’s “Paint The Town,” and other top 10’s with Patty Loveless “Jealous Bone,” and new artist Jann Brown “Tell Me Why.” In 1993, Mark was asked to join the A&R team at Liberty Records. There he served as the primary creative for song acquisition and worked closely with many artists on the label including John Berry, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, and Suzy Bogguss. In 1995, the Liberty Records name changed back to it’s original name, Capitol Records, and Mark was named of V.P. and head of A&R. In this new position, Mark was instrumental in the creative development of the debut projects for both Trace Adkins and Deana Carter, as well as being part of the team that signed Keith Urban. In July 1999, Mark joined Universal Music Publishing Group where he served as Creative Director working with such notable songwriters as Kostas, Rivers Rutherford, Monty Powell, Troy Verges, Stephanie Bentley, Mark D. Sanders, and Gordon Kennedy. In 2002, Mark joined the A&R team at Sony Records. While at Sony, Mark worked on projects for Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery/Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Keith Gattis, Van Zant, and Trent Willmon, as well as many others. Mark was responsible for picking the Montgomery/ Gentry single, “Hell Yeah,” which sold an estimated 700,000 pieces as well as their #1 hit with “Lucky Man.” In 2007, Mark re-entered the music publishing world by joining the new music publishing company, Crossﬁre 3. At Crossfire 3, Mark establish policies and procedures, brought in writer/artist Keith Gattis and a catalog of songs, obtained funding to record a new album, and was the executive producer of Gattis’ Bones album. In 2010, Mark joined Root 49 Music Publishing as the Chief Creative Oﬃcer where he oversaw the song catalogs and careers of songwriters Danny Myrick, Bridgette Tatum, and Odie Blackmon. Mark is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in with a double major in Economics and Engineering Science. Before entering the music industry, Mark spent four years as a musician in the Nashville local band scene.
After having worked for 6 years in Broadway production at Jujamcyn Theaters (Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, American Idiot), she most recently had the honor of working in music marketing and company management on the Tony Award winning Broadway production and US National Tour of FELA! Amy has performed, produced events and booked bands at Bonnarroo, SXSW, Calgary Folk Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center’s Songbook Series, Al Sharpton events, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, The Apollo, Bowery Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, The Troubador LA. She was proudly a backup singer and manager for Daptone Records artist Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens and has shared the stage with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Roots, Burning Spear, Langhorne Slim, as well as having recorded with Mark Ronson and Foreigner. Prior to working in Broadway production, Amy had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of the most talented actors, directors and producers: Billy Crudup, Jeremy Piven, Christine Ebersole, Richard Kind, Edie Falco, Mary Louise Parker, Tony Award winning director Michael Mayer, Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowments for the Arts and Jack Viertel, creative director of Encores! at City Center. Amy is a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Music Vocal Performance and a minor in Communications. She is currently developing an original Broadway Musical with members of the Daptone family.
Penny Gattis is the former Director of Writer/Publisher Relations in BMI’s Nashville office. While at BMI, Penny developed new opportunities for BMI songwriters and publishers. Gattis launched Sync THIS!, an exclusive, two-day networking and musical discovery gathering designed to connect Nashville talent and tastemakers with top music supervisors in 2013. In addition, she helped create and coordinate BMI’s substantial calendar of local and national songwriter-focused showcases, seminars, and other events including Lollapalooza, Hangout, ACL, Key West Songwriter Festival, Fontanel Winter Songwriter Retreat, Maui Songwriter Festival, East Side Sounds and many more. She secured and oversaw sponsorships with local and national companies to support many of these events.
Before joining BMI, Gattis served as Creative Director at Tom-Leis Music and Love Monkey Music in Nashville where she arranged co-writes between staff songwriters and chart-topping artists, scouted and developed talent, and pitched songs including a top 5 single.
A Wisconsin native, Gattis graduated from Nashville’s Belmont University with honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business degree.
Josh Saxe joins Round Hill Music from BMG Chrysalis Nashville. Saxe is a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College where he studied Music Business with a concentration in Music Publishing. While at Belmont University, Saxe was the president of Bruin Publishing as well as participated in BMI's Catalog Cast, which compiles songs from local publishers to pitch. Post graduation, Saxe joined BMG Chrysalis Nashville where he was involved in managing the company’s song catalog data, as well as helping streamline the system of song delivery. Saxe is co-chair on the Leadership Council of Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP), Nashville’s fastest growing young professionals network. Saxe has also been instrumental in managing the talent selection for numerous writer showcases with both Belmont and YEP.
Bob joins Round Hill Music from his position as Catalog Manager at Big Yellow Dog Music in Nashville. Bob attended school at Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business. Bob is also a graduate of the SAE Institute Of Technology, where he studied Audio Technology. During his time at MTSU, he completed two internships at the independent publishing company Ten Ten Music. Following graduation, he worked for a short time at Ten Ten Music before joining the team at Big Yellow Dog. Bob is a lifelong musician and is excited to bring his experience and passion for music to Round Hill.
Tami’s early career started out as Adult Contemporary Promotion Manager at Epic Records where she worked on various projects ranging from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual” to Quiet Riot. After her stint at Epic she spent the next few years at Lorimar/WB Television as the Music Coordinator for such shows as Dallas, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Perfect Strangers as well as many other shows and movies of the week. Next Tami joined Killer Music as an A&R rep for the company’s publishing division. A few years later, Tami jumped back into a music supervisory role by joining The Budd Carr Company. During her tenure at The Budd Carr Company, she music supervised the films Rockstar, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wild Things, Dance With Me and the television show, Cupid. Tami later found a home at EMI Music Publishing as its VP of Film and Television. While there Tami managed the staff of EMI’s film and television department, oversaw and achieved the $50M annual synch/licensing goals by pitching the company’s vast catalog of over one million copyrights to film and television. For the first few years at EMI, Tami concurrently acted as an independent Music Supervisor for the film Barbershop 2, television shows such as Fastlane, Kevin Hill as well as consulted for ABC during their 2006-2007 pilot season. Most recently, Tami founded the independent music creative licensing company, Forward Syncing.
Steve joins Round Hill after spending the last five years of his career at Cherry Lane Music Publishing and BMG Rights Management. During his tenure at BMG, Steve was involved in the company’s largest growth period and was instrumental, from a synch (creative and licensing) perspective, in the integration of such companies as Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Evergreen Copyrights, Stage Three Music, Chrysalis Music Group, Bug Music, and R2M. Steve’s most recent role at BMG was Senior Manager of Marketing, Film & TV, wherein he managed international creative and licensing. This role involved the licensing and promotion of U.S.-based artists and writers to BMG’s foreign offices and sub-publishers. At BMG, one of Steve’s unique responsibilities was to present and explore ways of introducing and integrating European-based artists and songwriters into the U.S. market. Additionally, Steve developed a synch and licensing presence for BMG in Canada by opening direct relations with the local Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising agencies. Steve started his career at ASCAP, where he was responsible for processing and reporting performances for TV commercials and On-Air Promotions. Steve is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor's degree in Music Business. Steve has studied classical guitar and plays the mandolin.
Nick Koletic spent five years at Universal Music Publishing Group where he filled the role of Associate Manager of A&R Film/TV Creative. He pitched the company’s catalog across all forms of media. Koletic was responsible for coordinating the synchronization department’s efforts with the other UMPG's global offices. In addition to pitching the company’s catalog, he led Universal’s sync-focused songwriting camps in L.A.; managed all of the synchronization department’s marketing efforts; and helped develop UMPG's global library and pitching system. Nick is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and a standing member of the State Bar of California.
Amy Roberts brings a decade of experience in music licensing, sales, operations and marketing to the Round Hill Synch team.
For the past nine years, Amy has acted as licensing and sync manager for the LA based music production company, Bosshouse Music. Her duties at Bosshouse (now part of the Round Hill family as well) include sync pitches across all media platforms (Film, TV, Advertising, Trailers) as well as clearances, marketing management, and creative consultation to the Bosshouse composers and songwriters. Amy has also been instrumental in building the Bosshouse brand culminating in Bosshouse’s partnership with Round Hill in 2014.
Some of Amy’s sync credits at Bosshouse include, Halt And Catch Fire (AMC), The Office and Parks & Rec (NBC), Shameless and Dexter (Showtime), True Blood (HBO), Nashville, Lost, Suburgatory, and The Neighbors (ABC), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Lifetime) just to name a few. In the world of advertising Amy has also been a key team member in securing advertising campaign placements for INVISALIGN, LEGAL ZOOM, TOYOTA, GARNIER / LOREAL, PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC, and SOUTHWEST AIRLINES. In addition, she has been instrumental in negotiating and securing trailer placements for Sex & The City 2, Guitar Hero, The Other Guys, Open Season 3, and The Disney Films, The Muppets and Planes.
Prior to her tenure at Bosshouse Music, Amy served as Music Licensing Coordinator for TouchTunes Music Corporation and as Marketing & Operations Coordinator for Equity Marketing. With a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Amy is also a studio vocalist / songwriter and has contributed her creative touch to the Bosshouse and Transphonic catalogs throughout the years. In her spare time, she provides vocal coaching services to other career vocalists.
Kevin Thompson joins Round Hill Music as Manager, Licensing. Before joining Round Hill, Kevin held the position of Coordinator, Synch Licensing Administration, at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. During his time in Sony/ATV’s Los Angeles office, Kevin was instrumental in providing a smooth transition for clearance companies and music supervisors during the merger with EMI Music Publishing. After two years in the Film & TV department, Kevin relocated to Sony/ATV’s Nashville office where he drafted licenses and collected outstanding synchronization fees. Kevin’s achievements at Sony/ATV Nashville included his contribution to the digitization of the company’s licensing process and the reduction of outstanding balances. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Sciences in Communication Studies.
Previously head of Administration for global independent music publisher, S1 Songs America, John possesses more than twenty years of industry experience in the areas of publishing administration, copyright, licensing, business affairs, income tracking and royalties. Holding positions with multi-national corporations and independent companies in both New York and Nashville, John has managed posts with music publishers (Sony/ATV Music, Reach Global, The Royalty Network), as well as, record companies (Sony Music, Elektra Entertainment, Wind-Up Records). Beginning his career in BMI’s International Department, he then joined Sukin Law Group as a legal assistant. John has also been a guest lecturer at the music business schools at NYU, Hofstra and SUNY – Oneonta. John possesses a BS in Music Merchandising, Hofstra University and a MS in Music Education from Long Island University. Also, a studied guitarist, he has performed and taught guitar for many years.
Maddy joins Round Hill Music bringing varied experience in the music industry both in New York and Nashville, Tennessee. While a student in Nashville, she held licensing, publicity and marketing internships with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Group and Dualtone Music Group. She has additional work experience in New York, including marketing, publishing and studio internships with Downtown Music Group.
Amanda joins Round Hill Music Nashville from Warner/Chappell Music Publishing in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota where she studied Music Business and, during her time there, completed an internship at The Firm in Los Angeles. She then relocated to Los Angeles where she was an executive assistant to Sheila E. and manager Lynn Mabry at Heaven Productions Music. Amanda began her publishing career in counterclaim resolution and foreign affiliate relations at Bug Music (now BMG Rights Management). Following her time at Bug Music, she joined Warner/Chappell where she specialized in Pre-1978 copyright research. She is excited to bring her expertise to the Round Hill Music family.
Casey Reznik joins Round Hill Music as Senior Coordinator, Administration. Casey is a graduate of William Paterson University and began her music industry career as the Licensing & Music Product Coordinator at Drew’s Entertainment in New Jersey. There she was responsible for mechanical, synchronization and master licensing as well as curating song placements in various products. She then transitioned to ASCAP in New York City and focused on processing royalties and copyrights for classical and jazz music. Casey recently relocated to Nashville and is delighted to begin her journey in Music City with the Round Hill family. Outside of the office, Casey enjoys crocheting and spoiling her pet rabbit, Cappie.
Chelsea Grim is a graduate of Belmont University where she studied Music Business. During her time at Belmont, she completed licensing internships at both Round Hill Music and Bluewater Music Services. Following graduation, she began her administrative career by working in the copyright department at Bluewater Music. There she gained experience managing registrations and communicating with affiliates around the world. She now joins Round Hill Music as an Administrative Coordinator.
Erin Ruth Schleiff joins Round Hill Music as Coordinator, Royalty Services. Erin Ruth is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta and began her music industry career as Executive Assistant and Webmaster at Fieldhouse Music, a joint venture with BMG in New York. After relocating to Music City, Erin Ruth served as Copyright and Royalty Administrator at Capitol CMG Publishing, where she focused on royalty tracking, statement auditing, financial analysis, and copyright conflict resolution. Erin Ruth couldn’t be more excited to join the Round Hill team! Outside the office, she enjoys writing and performing in an indie rock band.
Emily joins Round Hill Music as Coordinator, Royalty Services. Before joining Round Hill, Emily worked in Royalty Distribution & Research Services at SESAC. She was responsible for processing TV and film cue sheets and ensuring affiliate registrations were up-to-date. Emily previously worked in Licensing where she maximized revenue for the sales team, educated licensees on U.S. Copyright Law, reviewed and countersigned licensing contracts and provided various accounting services.
Emily's music industry experience also includes a publicity internship at Universal Music Group and live entertainment assistance with Music City Roots. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business and a Minor in Journalism.
Amanda is the Senior Financial Analyst at Round Hill Music. Previously, from 2012 to 2014, Ms. Wang was a private equity associate at Greenbriar Equity Group, where she focused on middle-market leveraged buyouts in the transportation and transportation-related industries. From 2010 to 2012, she was an investment-banking analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Global Natural Resources Group, where she advised clients on mergers, acquisitions, debt, and equity transactions. Ms. Wang received a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.