Founder & CEO, Reservoir
Golnar Khosrowshahi is the Founder and CEO of Reservoir, an award-winning independent music company headquartered in New York City with operations in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Founded in 2007, Reservoir is the first female founded and led publicly traded independent music company in the U.S. Under Golnar’s leadership, Reservoir has grown to own and administer over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings, with titles dating as far back as 1900. Golnar continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, earning her the recognition as Billboard’s Women In Music Executive of the Year for 2022 after being named one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Female Executives for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and a Billboard Indie Power Player for 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, Reservoir was awarded Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards in 2017 and 2019 and was named Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2020 and 2022 Music Week Awards.
In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Golnar serves as a Director on the board of the National Music Publishers’ Association, based in Washington, DC and working to ensure fair compensation and property rights for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, an organization that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside Artist Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Golnar served as Board Chair of Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000, and is now a Director. In 2018, Golnar was elected to the Board of Directors for RBI (Restaurant Brands International) and in 2022, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the New York Philharmonic.
A Fireside Chat between Reservoir Founder & CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi & NYU Steinhardt's Larry Miller
10/14/22, 4:00 PM
Mondo welcomes Reservoir Media CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi, Billboard's Executive of the Year and the first woman to take an independent music company public in the U.S. – one that she founded! In a wide-ranging conversation with Larry Miller, Professor & Director at NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, we’ll focus on Reservoir's culture as a source of its competitive advantage.
We’ll ask the important questions: How did Reservoir go public and why? How has it dramatically outpaced industry growth and sourced off-market deals against stiff competition? How has it been able to attract, retain and reward employees? And perhaps most interesting of all, what is Reservoir’s client service competitive advantage that has enabled it to outperform larger publishers so that writers (and owners of administered catalogs) don’t want to leave?
We'll touch on the industry-wide issues including the CRB, regulation and consent decrees in music publishing, the most exciting future revenue sources and much more.