From the rock revolution to the digital revolution, Dean Kay has successfully participated in the music industry as both a creator and businessperson.
Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, a major independent company, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group and now as President/CEO of his own precedent-setting venture, Lichelle Music Company, Kay's platform for reinventing the music publising business and forging a new set of parameters designed to become the industry standards in the digital age.
Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded, including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. He was also a recording artist for RCA Records, appeared daily as a featured entertainer on the nationally televised Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, performed live across the nation and produced dozens of phonograph records and radio and television commercials.
Throughout his career, Kay has nurtured the careers of scores of songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives. Along the way he has been the chief caretaker of the creative treasures of a diverse group of musical geniuses including Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Johnny Horton, Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs and Rick Springfield to name a few.
For the past several years, he has immersed himself in the workings of the Internet with the intent of using his rich experience in the traditional music industry to create a bridge between the industry's past and its future. Today, Kay is a sought after speaker, consultant and advisor regarding the use of music in the Internet space while simultaneously utilizing the ever expanding array of new technologies to enhance the opportunities of his current client roster of talented creators.
Kay's influential daily news compilations chronicling music's transition into the digital age - The Dean's List and the ASCAP Daily Brief (powered by The Dean's List) - now reach over 170,000 subscribers, worldwide, every morning.
Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the boards of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the ASCAP Foundation. Throughout his career, he has served on many industry boards including the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the California Copyright Conference.