Martin N. Bandier is Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position he assumed on April 1, 2007. Bandier oversees Sony/ATV's global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company's long-term strategic initiatives.
Bandier's move to Sony/ATV matched one of the most renowned music-publishing executives in the industry with the company that controls some of its most valuable catalogue assets and boasts a stellar roster of the most active and popular current artists and writers. The Sony/ATV catalogues include some of the biggest names in music, such as the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Richie Sambora and Hank Williams, as well as some of the industry's leading songwriters and producers, including RedOne, Johnta Austin, Linda Perry, J.R. Rotem, John Shanks and Diane Warren. Its growing current roster of chart-topping artists includes Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Mike Posner, the Jonas Brothers, Akon, Sara Bareilles, Kenny Chesney, Flo Rida, John Mayer, Shakira and Rascal Flatts.
Within months of joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier negotiated the acquisition of the Famous Music catalogue from Viacom, which is widely considered one of the world's largest and most sought-after music catalogues. It comprises 125,000 songs, including scores from films such as The Godfather, Braveheart and Mission Impossible. Bandier also oversaw the acquisition of the Lieber Stoller catalogue, which includes one of the world's best known songs "Stand By Me," as well as over 20 of the greatest songs ever recorded by Elvis Presley, including "Jailhouse Rock," "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Treat Me Nice."
Prior to joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bandier ran EMI Music Publishing for over 16 years. Under his leadership, it became the world's largest and most successful music publishing company, as he acquired the rights to some of the most famous songs ever written and signed many top songwriters and artists.
Bandier's involvement in the music industry dates to 1975, when he, Sam LeFrak and Charles Koppelman formed the Entertainment Company, which achieved hits with a number of best-selling songs. He co-founded the Entertainment Music Company and SBK Entertainment World, expanding the use of the catalogue into commercials, films, sound recordings and stage productions. SBK sold its music publishing interests to Thorn EMI in 1989.
Bandier's many civic and industry commitments include membership on the boards of the City of Hope, ASCAP, NMPA, MusicCares and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and he serves as a trustee of the T.J. Martell Foundation.
In June of 2003, Bandier was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as Patron of the Arts. Bandier is also a trustee of Syracuse University and a 1994 Arents Award winner. He recently founded The Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries at Syracuse.
Bandier has two daughters, Allison and Jennifer. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in New York with their son, Max.