Michael McCarty is one of those much-needed forward-thinkers in the music industry, trying to anticipate what’s coming next or what’s next that needs to be done. He’s not a coaster, resting on his many laurels. In his case, his raison d’être is to make things better for songwriters — to create and get paid.
Last week, Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN announced McCarty’s pending departure Nov. 30 from a position he’s held for the past seven years, as chief membership & business development officer. He has agreed to provide consulting services until April 2021.
The music industry veteran, who began his career as a recording engineer and producer working for the late Jack Richardson (The Guess Who) and Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel), transitioned into the publishing side when he took a job as creative manager at ATV Music Group Canada, then moved on to CBS/SBK and SBK Records and Publishing in Los Angeles. His biggest mark was as president of EMI Music Publishing Canada for 17 years, signing and developing such acts as Billy Talent, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire (with Dallas Green) LEN, esthero, Matthew Good Band and Moist. In 2009, after EMI was sold, McCarty became president of ole music publishing for over three years. After his departure SOCAN snapped him up. Last year, he was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.