Brian Bradford is a veteran music publishing administrator with over 20 years of experience in copyright management and administration, music licensing, royalty accounting and client services. A self-described “jack-of-all-trades,” Bradford has worn many hats throughout his career, including administrator, licensing agent, royalty accountant, graphic designer, IT and systems manager, multi-tasker and the ultimate team player. With a deep love of music and a tremendous respect for the creative process, working with songwriters on a day-to-day basis is right in his wheelhouse.
In 1995, Bradford began his career in music publishing, after graduating with a BBA from Belmont University, as catalog manager for Leslie Salzillo-Schmidt’s company, To The Moon Music – a joint venture with Sony/ATV. Working with talented writers Billy Kirsch (“Is It Over Yet” by Wynonna Judd, “Holes In The Floor of Heaven” by Steve Wariner), Grammy Award winner Don Henry (“Where’ve You Been” by Kathy Mattea), Greg Trooper and Ariel Caten (“A Man’s Home Is His Castle” by Faith Hill), he managed the song catalog, made tape copies and handled administration.
He made the move to Murrah Rich Baierle International (MRBI), a worldwide administrator and sub-publisher formed by Roger Murrah, Ellis Rich and Rolf Baierle, in 1997. There, he worked under the guidance of industry vet Carol Lindsey Vincent, managing client accounts and accounting royalties for various clients, including Major Bob Music (Garth Brooks, Neil Thrasher), HoriPro Entertainment (REO Speedwagon), Emerald Forest Entertainment (Marilyn Manson, Sophie B. Hawkins), N2D Publishing/Old Desperados (David Lee Murphy) and many more.
After a couple years of service with MRBI, Bradford joined the team at Cal IV Entertainment in November 1998 to handle royalty accounting, with eventual promotion to Director of Licensing and Royalties. In 2003, he was promoted to Director of Administration, assuming additional copyright administration responsibilities and other duties, including IT management and graphic design. In the time since Spirit Music Group acquired Cal IV in 2014, Bradford has been a key cog in the transition from Cal IV to Spirit Music Nashville. Currently, he is responsible for the management of new and existing copyrights, supports the Nashville creative staff, creates marketing and promotional materials and remains a big supporter of Spirit’s songwriters, past and present.
Bradford resides in Spring Hill, TN, with his wife and two daughters, and is a member of the ACM and CMA.