Robert Thompson is an accomplished musician, producer, songwriter, and publisher. He has received two Grammy nominations. He is presently the President of Wise Music Group and the President of 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 promoting the local music culture entails giving excellent concerts, establishing publication deals, and generating high-quality sound. Robert Thompson is a driving force in the business, with a good educational background and over 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 received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Florida. In 1992, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the Eastman School of Music. 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 founded 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 worked as the Dean of Music at SUNY Purchase College's arts administration department, where he taught arts and entertainment law and music business.
Robert Thompson was elected President of the Music Publishers Association of the United States, Inc. in 2020. Since 2013, he has also served as President of 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 established NODE Records in 2016.
His work with Wise Music Group has included representing, publishing, and producing music from a varied range of composers and performers for cinema, theater, and commercial music. 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 more have collaborated with him.
He's also played and toured with The Moody Blues, Yes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. He has staged concerts with the Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Nashville, and Phoenix Symphonies, as well as acting as conductor on occasion.
Robert Thompson, as a Kauffman Foundation adviser to the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in Music program, is able to assist young people consider professions in the performing and entertainment industries. He continues to produce music through Wise Music, as well as top-tier theatrical plays through Schirmer Theatrical.
He devotes much of his time to promoting the local music scene and encouraging young people to seek professions in the performing and literary arts. He serves on both the ASCAP Board of Review and the ASCAP Concert Committee.
Robert Thompson has developed a number of theatrical experiences via Schirmer Theatrical, including "REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES," "WOMEN ROCK," "GHOSTBUSTERS" (for Sony Pictures), "THE RED VIOLIN" (Lionsgate), and "AQUAMAN" (Warner).
Thompson has 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 and Philanthropy
Robert Thompson is enthusiastic in introducing youngsters to music. He has firsthand experience with the delights of making music and feels that all children should have access to avenues of creative expression. He has spent eight years assisting significant causes through his firm. He has collaborated with organizations such as Harmony Foundation, New Music USA, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Penny Lane Charitable Trust, and others.
Robert Thompson is committed to giving back to the community via his work at Schirmer Theatrical. He donates the earnings from each concert to several local charity. His objectives include assisting struggling musicians, raising new generations of visionaries, and educating people about the stress-relieving advantages of music.
He also works with kids and youngsters who are interested in pursuing a musical career. Working as a mentor for students in the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in Music program through the Kauffman Foundation is part of this.
Awards and Achievements
Robert Thompson has two Grammy nominations. His extensive background includes working with numerous great musicians and producing high-end performance experiences. He won the University of South Florida's Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honored with the SABRE Award for his contribution 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 has also been featured in articles in Variety, Billboard, and other publications.
Thompson's contributions to the music, theater, and publishing worlds continue to be acknowledged. He has a lot of planned initiatives that are sure to catch the public's eye.