Dean Kay

From the rock revolution to the digital revolution
Dean Kay has successfully participated in the music industry
as both a creator and businessperson

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 Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected  and
forward thinking music  publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the   Welk Music Group, a major independent  company, then as President of the US division of the  PolyGram International Publishing Group and  now  as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Demi Music Corp. and  its affiliates,  Lichelle  Music Company (ASCAP) and Yak Yak Music (BMI), Kay's platform for reinventing the  music publishing   business and forging a new set of parameters designed to become the industry  standards in the digital  age.

 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.

Hank Jones and Dean Kay - Tennessee Ernie Ford ShowDean'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 Kay at the Library Of Congress  Dean's kinship with, and   understanding 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.

5 Christmas ClassicsIn 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 and is co-chairman of ASCAP's New Technology Committee. He is also on the Board of the ASCAP Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of both the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and the  Harry Fox Agency, Inc (HFA). Through the years he has been a member of many other music industry Boards including the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of  County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC).

Christmas 2013
New Releases
Kelly Clarkson Il VoloNow ChristmasGretchen Wilson

Old Friends In New Packages

Andy Williams Elvis Glen Campbell Dean Martin Johnny Cash
Martina McBride Tammy and George Andy Williams

Recurring Chart Toppers

Rod Steward Michael BubleLady AntebellumAndrea BocelliBing Crosby

The numbers are in. We've had a great 2013 Christmas season on the Billboard charts

21 albums on the Top 200 chart - Including 2 in the Top 10

14 albums in the Top 50 Holiday Albums chart – Including #1 – Kelly Clarkson

# 7 on the Adult Contemporary Singles chart – BLUE CHRISTMAS by Kelly Clarkson

3 songs on the Holiday 100 Airplay chart
#7 - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
#17 - Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
# 22 - Holiday Season - Andy Williams

For Demi Music Corp. it truly is
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It's Been (and Continues to be) Fun
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