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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

These People Changed My Life
Ernie Ford, Frank Sinatra, Michelle Kay, Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Frank Sinatra, my wife, Michelle, Lawrence Welk and Andy Williams

Michelle Kay
December 23,1933 
March 5, 2017
Michelle Kay

Dean Kay - 11 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 CongressDean's kinship with, andunderstanding of, the creative community  facilitates 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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