Matt Pincus is Co-Founder and CEO of MUSIC, a joint venture with LionTree. MUSIC is a merchant banking platform that partners with companies in and around the music business through equity investment, and capital structuring and implementation. Launched in May 2019, MUSIC portfolio investments thus far include leading music tech platform Splice (where Matt sits on the board) and global live music experiences company Sofar Sounds.
Previously, Matt was the Founder and CEO of SONGS Music Publishing, until the company’s exit to Kobalt Capital, Ltd. in December 2017. At the time of its sale, SONGS was the leading independent music publisher of contemporary music in the United States, peaking at 5.41% market share in the US according to Billboard. The company’s songwriters included The Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo, DJ Mustard, and many other global hitmakers. With its exit to Kobalt, SONGS became one of the highest-returning investments in a startup music publishing company, with a 27% IRR on a total capitalization of just over $20M.
During his time at SONGS, Matt was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) – a seat he still holds. In addition, Matt serves on the Board of Directors of The Public Theater – an artist-driven, radically inclusive and fundamentally democratic theater of, by and for all people.
In a nod to his roots as the bass player for the seminal New York hardcore band Judge, Matt created Know Your Rights, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at getting storied hardcore and punk artists paid for their streaming music.
Before SONGS, Matt was a Strategy Associate at EMI Group, plc, one of the four major global music companies. Prior to that, he founded Some Records, an independent record label, and Ultra14, an Internet marketing firm. Matt started his career as a writer and Assistant Editor at New York Magazine. In 2002, he earned an MBA from Columbia Business School.