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    Robert Thompson

  • President, Music Industry

    In addition to publishing, Robert Thompson is a musician. He has two Grammy nominations. Mr. Wise is President of Wise Music Group and the Music Publishers Association of the United States.

    Robert Thompson, a publisher and performer, is always looking for new methods to build a strong community. He feels that supporting the local music sector includes great performances, publishing deals, and great sound. Mr. Thompson has a good educational background and over two decades of professional experience.


  • Education and Work History

    Robert Thompson studied music at USF in 1981. The University of South Florida awarded him a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music in 1984. In 1992, he received his D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. He speaks German.
    Then he worked for Universal Edition, an international music label with headquarters in London, Vienna, and New York. After that, he formed Thompson Music Group, LLC to produce. From 2007 to 2014, he taught Arts Management at Purchase College, and from 2008 to 2010, he was Dean of the Conservatory of Music.
    He taught arts & entertainment law and music business at SUNY Purchase College and was Dean of Music.
    Music Publishers Association Of The United States, Inc. Since 2013, he has led G. Schirmer, AMP, Schirmer Theatrical, and Node Records. In 2015, Robert Thompson created Schirmer Theatrical, a Wise Music Group subsidiary. Thompson co-founded NODE Records.
    His work with Wise Music Group includes representing, publishing, and creating music for cinema, theater, and commercials. Others with whom he has collaborated include Heather Christian, John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin), Jimmy Webb, Philip Glass and Missy Mazzoli.
    In addition to The Moody Blues and Yes, he has toured with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He has conducted the Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Nashville, and Phoenix Symphonies.

    Career Now

    Robert Thompson is a Kauffman Foundation adviser at the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in the Music program. WISE MUSIC continues to create top-notch theatrical shows through Schirmer Theatrical.

    Much of his time is spent promoting the local music scene and inspiring young people to seek professions in the performing and literary arts. He is on ASCAP's Board of Review and Concert Committee.

    Robert Thompson's theatrical creations include "REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES," "WOMEN ROCK," "GHOSTBUSTERS" (for Sony Pictures), "THE RED VIOLIN" (Lionsgate), and "AQUAMAN" (Warner).

    Thompson executive produced "Halston" by Stanley Clarke, "Free Solo" by Marco Beltrami (for Nat Geo), "Ask the River" by Rachel Portman, and "Goldenhair" by Brian Byrne (featuring Julian Lennon and Glenn Close).

    Charity and Philanthropy

    Robert Thompson loves bringing kids to music. He knows the delights of making music and believes all children should have access to creative outlets. He has spent eight years promoting organizations through his firm. Among his charities are Harmony Foundation, New Music USA, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and Penny Lane Charitable Trust.

    Robert Thompson works at Schirmer Theatrical to give back to the community. Each concert's revenues go to local organizations. His aims include aiding struggling musicians, raising new generations of visionaries, and promoting music's stress-relieving properties.

    He also works with students and youngsters that are interested in music. This involves mentoring students in the Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneurship in the Music program at the Eastman School of Music.

    Honors and Awards

    Robert Thompson has won two Grammys. To name a few of his achievements, he has collaborated with great performers and produced high He got the Distinguished Alumni Award from USF. He won the SABRE Award for his business and PR activities.

    He's been interviewed by Good Morning America and the New York Times for his work in publishing, cinema, music, and theatre. He's been featured in Variety, Billboard, and more.

    Thompson's contributions to music, theater, and publishing continue to be acknowledged. His forthcoming ventures are sure to catch the public's eye.

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