SONY/ATV SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH TROY CARTER’S Q&A

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal with Troy Carter and J. Erving’s new music and technology company, Q&A.

Under the partnership, the publisher will administer the music publishing catalog of Q&A, which was launched in April by Carter, Erving and co-founder Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory, OMD) along with Tim Luckow (Stem, GHouse).

Q&A founders Carter, Erving and Ryoo all previously worked together at artist management company Atom Factory, overseeing a roster including Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Nelly and Charlie Puth, while Luckow co-founded artist payments platform Stem and record label / management company, GHouse.

Q&A includes Human Re Sources, a digital distribution and label services company, which was started in 2018 by Erving who serves as its CEO.

The two companies merged in advance of the launch of Q&A. Prior to its merger with Q&A, Human Re Sources’ roster of artists, including Pink Sweat$, Peter Manos, Charlotte Lawrence and Brent Faiyaz, surpassed more than 1 billion streams in less than a year.

“I’VE KNOWN TROY CARTER AND J. ERVING FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY HAVE ALWAYS STOOD OUT TO ME AS TWO OF THE MOST ARTIST-FRIENDLY AND PROGRESSIVE EXECUTIVES IN THE INDUSTRY.”

JON PLATT, SONY/ATV

“I’ve known Troy Carter and J. Erving for many years and they have always stood out to me as two of the most artist-friendly and progressive executives in the industry,” said Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt (pictured right).

“It’s why I am excited to team up with them and their partners for this new venture as it explores fresh and innovative ways of connecting music and technology.”

“JON PLATT HAS ALWAYS PUT CREATORS FIRST AND THAT’S CORE TO OUR MISSION AS A COMPANY.”

TROY CARTER

Q&A Chairman and CEO Troy Carter (pictured left) added: “My partners and I unanimously agreed that Sony/ATV was the right partner to administer our new publishing venture.

“Jon Platt has always put creators first and that’s core to our mission as a company.

“We’re looking forward to building something special with this incredible global team.”  

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