So successful was the Welk Music Group in every genre of popular music under Kay's tutelage that one year the company received the "Publisher of the Year" award at every major music industry event that recognized such endeavors.
Throughout his career, Dean has nurtured the careers of scores of songwriters, recording artists and music industry executives and has consummated innumerable acquisitions around the world including the purchase of over 100 music publishing catalogs involving more than 100,000 copyrights. Along the way he has been the chief caretaker of the creative treasures of a diverse group of musical geniuses including Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Johnny Horton, Don Williams, Bob McDill, Wayland Holyfield, Ricky Skaggs and Rick Springfield to name a few.
Dean's creative roots, however, have always been the foundation for his business accomplishments. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had many of his compositions recorded (including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra), was a recording artist for RCA Records, appeared daily as a featured entertainer on the nationally televised Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, performed live across the United States and produced dozens of phonograph records and radio and television commercials.
Dean's kinship with, andunderstanding of, the creative community facilitates a unique, symbiotic relationship between business and art which has been a distinguishing factor in his business endeavors throughout his entire career.For the past several years, he has immersed himself in the workings of Internet with the intent of using his rich experience in the traditional music industry to create a bridge between the industry's past and its future. Today, Dean is a sought after speaker, consultant, and advisor regarding the use of music in the Internet space while simultaneously utilizing the ever expanding array of new technologies to enhance the opportunities of his current roster of talented creators (Clients).
Dean's daily news digest, The Dean's List, chronicles the rapid - and irreversible - transformation taking place in the entertainment industry and is read by songwriters, artists, prominent music and digital distribution industry professionals, politicians, government agencies, university students and members of the legal community throughout the world. The Dean's List and its sister web publication, The ASCAP Daily Brief (powered by The Dean's List) now reach 165,000 subscribers a day.In recent years Dean has achieved a goal he set for Demi Music Corp., that of becoming the home of some of the worlds favorite Christmas standards. "At Demi, it's Christmas year 'round - and, that's nice place to be."
Dean has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1989. He is also on the Board of the ASCAP Foundation. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc (HFA). the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC).
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New Releases For Christmas 2015
Perennial Chart Favorites
2015 Year End Wrap Up
Our Songs were featured on
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1 That's Christmas To Me Pentatonix 2 Christmas Michael Buble 7 It's Christmas Time Elvis Presley 10 NOW That's What I Call Country Christmas Various Artists 13 These Are Special Times Celine Dion 14 Elvis: Ultimate Christmas Elvis Presley 16 The Classic Christmas Album Elvis Presley 17 My Christmas Andrea Bocelli 20 Cheers, It's Christmas Blake Shelton 21 Wrapped In Red Kelly Clarkson 28 Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration Johnny Mathis 31 White Christmas Bing Crosby 34 NOW Christmas Various Artists 36 Merry Christmas... Love, Elvis Elvis Presley 39 On This Winter's Night Lady Antebellum 42 21 Classic Christmas Favorites Various Artists 45 Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit Of Christmas Michael W. Smith 50 The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas Various Artists
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