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July 18, 2019

Time: 11:30 - 1:45 p.m.

BEHIND THE WRITER: The Evolving Role of A&R in Publishing

Behind the song, there is a songwriter. And behind the songwriter, there is A&R. Join top A&R and management executives as we discuss their evolving role in music publishing.

We’ll explore how they now identify talent, develop and grow careers, provide direction when writing for specific artists or for synch, and how managers compliment the role for many hit songwriters. 

We will look at the close, and sometimes personal, relationship with their writers, how the A&R role and skill set has changed, and we’ll seek their perspective and insight on what truly distinguishes the successful songwriters of today.


David Margolis
Manager/Publisher, My World MGMT/Third & Verse Music Publishing (Kobalt)

Tuff Morgan
Vice President A&R, peermusic

Christa Scheler
A&R, Secret Road


Marc Caruso
CEO Angry Mob Music & LA Chapter Vice President

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 N. La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From left, Vincent 'Tuff' Morgan/peermusic, Christa Scheler/Secret Road, Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks & AIMP LA President, Marc Caruso/Angry Mob Music & AIMP LA Vice President and David Margolis/My World MGMT/Third & Verse Music Publishing (Kobalt).

Additional Speaker Information

David Margolis is the President and founder of My World MGMT, a boutique management company devoted to developing artists in all aspects of their careers, with a heavy focus on publishing. He’s also a partner in Third & Verse Music Publishing/Kobalt, with combined offices in LA, NYC, Nashville and London. Successes include worldwide #1 “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur, US #1 “Home” (5x platinum) by Phillip Phillips, Holland #1 “The Lost Boy”, German #1 “Stardust”, global #1 album by Back Street Boys “The Way It Was”, #1 Country album “Tornado” by Little Big Town, Ivor Novello nominated song “Let Me Out”, ASCAP Latin Award winning song “Solo Yo” and Canadian top 10 “Heartbreak Back”.

Vincent “Tuff” Morgan is an Urban/Pop music industry insider with over 15 years of experience, including: artist/producer, management, writing/production, publishing, and A&R. During his college years at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Morgan landed a record deal as part of the group Channel Live with KRS1-One and Capitol Records. After receiving a Gold album, and 3 major label deals later, he moved to the West coast where he started writing and producing with various artists including; Dr. Dre, Mike City, Method Man, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Melanie Fiona and Rhianna. As a writer/producer, he started developing and managing artists doing A&R for major music executives, Jheryl Busby(Umbrella records) and Brian Turner (Melee/formerly Priority Records). Morgan signed as a writer/ Joint Venture owner with Peermusic Publishing in 2013. In his newly promoted position as Vice President of A&R at Peermusic, Morgan oversees writers across Peermusic such as Salaam Remi( Nas, Amy Whinehouse, Alicia keys, Jasmine Sullivan), James Poyser(Anthony Hamilton, Rhianna),Volume Venture’s Larrance Dopson ( Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce), Sons of Sonix (Tre Songz, Ty$, Stormzy, Jennifer lopez), The Audibles (Justin Bieber, Sam Smith), Ayo &Teo, Madison Ward and indie bands such as Dead Sara, Black Violin, Family of the Year, and Cigarettes After Sex.

Christa Scheler brings an eclectic mix of music industry experience and a commercial music education from the University of North Alabama. She began her career with work in music supervision at Zenden and Song Stew followed by music rights management at ZEFR and a stint at the legendary music talent agency, WME. As Catalog Manager and A&R at Secret Road, Christa is the point of entry for all new music and does everything from song registration and metadata management to orchestrating co-writes and writing camps. Christa also coordinated music for the feature film Humor Me, starring Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, and Secret Road’s Ingrid Michaelson.

As CEO and Co-Founder, Marc Caruso oversees all facets of Los Angeles-based Angry Mob Music, a truly independent music publishing company. Under his leadership, Angry Mob has grown since 2009 into a diversified music company with successful operations in publishing, rights management and trailer music production; and has led direct signings ranging from major label artists and accomplished songwriters to emerging producers and composers. Prior to Angry Mob, Marc was composer, producer and Emmy-nominated music editor. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Recording Academy, the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, and represents Angry Mob's interests as a Team 100 member of the NMPA.

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