Heath Johns (BMG Rights Management Australia P/L)
Since launching BMG Australia in March 2016 as the company's inaugural Managing Director, Heath Johns has signed global publishing deals with Neil Finn/Crowded House, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, Kasey Chambers, Golden Features, What So Not, JET, Wolfmother, Didirri, Kwame, Illy, Winston Surfshirt, SAFIA and more. Heath also heads up BMG Auatralia’s recorded operation and has signed record deals with Angus & Julia Stone, Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Ladyhawke, Example, Dune Rats, Hockey Dad, Julia Stone, CHAII, Tim Minchin and more. Heath led the Australian BMG operation through the acquisition of iconic Australian music company Alberts as well as one of Asia Pacific’s leading PM operations Big Bang & Fuzz.
Heath holds MBA and Master of Marketing degrees from the University of Newcastle, was the 2020 recipient of the Newton-John Medal recognising extraordinary services to the Arts and was previously Director of A&R at UMPG for over 13 years where he signed Gang of Youths, Passenger, The Veronicas, Daniel Merriweather, Guy Sebastian, M-Phazes and Jessica Mauboy as well as signing JET, Wolfmother and Peking Duk and others to their first publishing deals. He is also a current board member of AMPAL and AMCOS.
I believe I bring a unique mix of skills and experience to both the AMCOS and APRA Boards. Serving as a Director on the AMPAL and AMCOS Boards has given me a sense of what is required to help continue improving the conditions of Australian and New Zealand songwriters and I’d love the opportunity to further involve myself at APRA level.
As the Managing Director of BMG Australia & New Zealand- the fastest growing music company in the region, I feel I bring a unique point of view to the table as I also head up a relevant, frontline record label with a stream of hit records from artists including Chet Faker, Dope Lemon, Julia Stone, Tim Minchin, Ladyhawke, Dune Rats and Hockey Dad. I feel this gives me a sense of balance and objectivity as we seek to achieve a fair environment for both artists and songwriters and as a result of that, labels and publishers.
After 6 years of operation in Australia, I believe it is time that the World’s Fourth Largest Music Company is represented on the APRA Board for the first time.
Contact Heath at [email protected]