David Kassner is the owner and managing director of Kassner Associated Publishers Limited, a family business founded in 1944 by his father Edward Kassner. Representing over a century’s worth of classic songs, the Kassner catalogue is the home of the early creations of Sir Ray Davies and hit songs recorded by a host of popular music’s greatest artists such as Bill Haley, Matt Monro, Ray Charles, Kiss, Paul Young and many more.
Educated in Canada, David entered the family business straight from school in 1972, starting his career as a promotion man and producer for the Kassner Music group’s label, President Records. He was a key figure as the label enjoyed major success in the years following his arrival, starting in 1974 with George McCrae’s chart-dominating Rock Your Baby followed by a string of hits with KC and the Sunshine Band. He continued to develop the label’s roster throughout the 80s and early 90s adding world-renowned artists such as Mike D’Abo, Denny Laine and Rick Wakeman.
Concentrating on growing the publishing side of the business since the mid-90s, David has progressed the Kassner operation into a client-oriented copyright administrator fit for the new media age, substantially expanding the catalogue through licensing and acquisition and by working with both new and established writers.
A determined champion of the value of copyright and a voice for the independent music community, David has served on the MPA Board since 2001. He is also a strong believer in the power of music to inspire and enhance people’s lives and has devoted his time as a trustee of the BRIT Trust since 2005.
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Proposed for appointment by: Box & Cox Publications Ltd, Bucks Music Group Ltd, Edmond Grant, Roger Greenaway, Imagem UK Ltd, Novello & Co Ltd, peermusic (UK) Ltd, Shapiro Bernstein & Co Ltd, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd and Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Current and recent directorships: Evengral Investments Limited, Kassner Associated Publishers Limited, Beautiful Music Limited, Cecil Lennox Limited, Holland Hill Media Limited, Mediant Music Limited, Performance Music Limited, President Records Limited, The Edward Kassner Music Company Limited, Gemini Records Limited, Bonney Music Limited, Denker Music Limited, Wyfold Studios Management Limited, Music Publishers Association Limited, BRIT Trust Limited.