Ryan Johnson (MAM ’09) is a Columbia alumnus currently living the dream. He chose the Master of Arts Management degree at Columbia because he wanted to learn more about the business of the music industry. His degree and his experience through the program, helped Ryan land jobs after graduation at both Universal Publishing and Warner/Chappell Production Music. He is currently the Associate Director of Music Licensing at Sony Legacy. We had a chance to catch up with Ryan and found out why the Business program at Columbia was so valuable to him and his career.
I currently live in New York City and I’m originally from North Carolina. I enjoy music, film, television, and sports.
MAM – Masters in Arts and Entertainment Management. I graduated in 2009.
Synchronization Licensing at Sony Legacy. Previously I worked in the “sync” licensing departments at Universal Publishing and at Warner/Chappell Production Music.
It gave me an understanding of the ever-changing landscape of copyrights and intellectual property within the digital marketplace.
It would have to be my experiences I gained through internships. In particular, my internship during the Study in LA program where I studied music supervision and sync licensing. In addition, my internship at Aware Records/A-Squared Management in Evanston was a very important part of my professional development and networking.