Heath Johns (BMG): Industry Insights

Music Industry Insights is our exclusive interview series featuring the heavyweights and thought leaders of Australian music. Hosted by music industry veteran and AIM Chair Ed St John, the series is filmed on Tuesday nights at AIM’s Sydney campus before a live audience and live streamed on the AIMTv YouTube channel. In 2021, the deep dive interviews will also be available as a podcast. 

This week’s guest: Heath Johns – Managing Director, BMG

BMG describes itself as a “new kind of music company for a new world,” a rights management business that proudly espouses the values of Fairness, Transparency and Service.  With a rapidly growing roster of Australasian artists including AC/DC, Neil Finn, Nick Cave, Tim Minchin, Tame Impala and Jet, the new-look BMG is the fastest-growing music company in Australia. Their services include music publishing, recorded music, synch and licensing. Their international film division has been responsible for some of the best music documentaries of recent memory.

Can companies like BMG rewrite the rule book of the way music rights are managed and monetised?  Will “fairness” and “transparency” catch on? In this fascinating instalment of AIM’s Industry Insights series, AIM Chair Ed St John chats with BMG’s Heath Johns about the future of the music industry and so much more.

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About AIM Industry Insights 2021

Our first series for 2021 will take place over six weeks from February 2nd. Guests include the music managers of some of Australia’s most exciting artists, major label heads and those leading the way in the Australian music media. An author responsible for a new book exploring addiction, mental health and the dark side of the industry round out what is sure to be an entertaining and thought-provoking series of interviews.

AIM students, alumni and the music industry are invited to attend the 2021 series of AIM Industry Insights, which is filmed at the Australian Institute of Music’s Sydney campus. Light refreshments provided. 

AIM Industry Insights 2021 season #1 guests:

Feb 2 : John O’Donnell – Managing Director EMI, Co-Manager Cold Chisel

Feb 9: Regan Lethbridge – Manager of Tones and I and Tash Sultana; MD of Lemontree Music 

Feb 23: Heath Johns – Managing Director, BMG

March 2: Poppy Reid – Managing Editor, The Brag Media

March 9: Paul Saintilan – Author, Musicians and Addiction

Note: Our events adhere to COVID-safe guidelines for Sydney. More details here.

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