Robert Thompson 

President, Music Industry
Robert Thompson

This is My Story 

Robert Thompson is an accomplished musician, producer, author, and publisher. He has received two Grammy nominations. He is presently the President of Wise Music Group and the Music Publishers Association of the United States.

Robert Thompson, a pioneer in the publishing and performance industries, is always looking for new methods to foster a strong and thriving community. He feels that supporting the local music culture entails putting on great shows, signing publishing deals, and generating high-quality sound. Robert Thompson is a driving force in the industry, with a good educational background and two decades of expertise.

Education and Work Experience

In 1981, Robert Thompson enrolled at the University of South Florida to study music. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music from the University of South Florida. In 1992, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.). He speaks German really well.

He worked as a Managing Director for Universal Edition, a European music firm with headquarters in London, Vienna, and New York, after graduation. Thompson Music Group, LLC was formed by Robert Thompson to give his skills as a producer. From 2007 to 2014, he was a Professor of Arts Management at Purchase College, and from 2008 to 2010, he was Dean of the Conservatory of Music.

He taught arts and entertainment law and music entrepreneurship at SUNY Purchase College's arts administration department, where he also served as Dean of Music.

Robert Thompson was elected President of the Music Publishers Association of the United States, Inc. in the year 2020. Since 2013, he has also served as President of the Wise Music Group, which includes G. Schirmer, AMP, Schirmer Theatrical, and Node Records. In 2015, Robert Thompson established Schirmer Theatrical as a subsidiary of the Wise Music Group and a division of Music Sales Corporation. Thompson created NODE Records in 2016.

His work with Wise Music Group has included representing, publishing, and producing a wide range of music for cinema, theater, and commercial music from a variety of composers and performers. Heather Christian, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Jimmy Webb, Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli, Eddie Money, John Corigliano, Jeff Beal, Jocelyn Pook, Bryce Dessner, Tan Dun, and many others are among the artists with whom he has collaborated.

Many musicians, including The Moody Blues, Yes, Four Tops, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett, have performed and toured with him. He has conducted and produced concerts with the Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Nashville, and Phoenix Symphonies.

Currently Working

Robert Thompson can assist young people consider professions in the performing and entertainment industries as a Kauffman Foundation adviser to the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in Music program. Through Wise Music, he continues to generate material, including top-tier theatrical plays through Schirmer Theatrical.

He spends a lot of time trying to improve the local music scene and encouraging young people to seek professions in the performing and literary arts. He is a member of ASCAP's Concert Committee as well as its Board of Review.

Robert Thompson has developed a variety of theatrical experiences through Schirmer Theatrical, including "REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES," "WOMEN ROCK," "GHOSTBUSTERS," "THE RED VIOLIN" (Lionsgate), and "AQUAMAN" (Warner).

Thompson executive-produced Stanley Clarke's "Halston," Marco Beltrami's "Free Solo" (for Nat Geo), Oscar nominee Rachel Portman's "Ask the River," and Brian Byrne's "Goldenhair" through NODE Records (featuring Julian Lennon and Glenn Close).

Charity work and philanthropy

Robert Thompson is passionate in teaching youngsters about music. He has firsthand experience with the delights of making music and feels that all children should have access to creative outlets. He has spent eight years assisting significant causes through his firm. Harmony Foundation, New Music USA, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Penny Lane Charitable Trust, and others are among the organizations with which he has collaborated.

Robert Thompson is committed to giving back to the community via his work at Schirmer Theatrical. He donates the earnings from each show to local charities. Supporting struggling musicians, raising new generations of visionaries, and educating people about the stress-relieving advantages of music are among his priorities.

He also works with kids and youngsters who are interested in pursuing a musical career. This includes serving as a mentor for students in the Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneurship in Music program at the Eastman School of Music.

Awards and Achievements

Robert Thompson has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. His extensive background includes working with a number of great musicians and producing high-end performance experiences. The University of South Florida honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honored with the SABRE Award for his contributions to business and public relations.

He has been interviewed by Good Morning America and the New York Times as a result of his work in the publishing, film, music, and theatrical sectors. He's also been featured in Variety, Billboard, and other publications.

Thompson's contributions to the music, theater, and publishing worlds continue to be acknowledged. He has a number of planned projects that are expected to be well-received by the audience.