Prior to joining Concord Music Publishing, DeSavia was A&R/Head of Creative Services for SONGS Music Publishing, where he managed a large portion of the pubco's roster. He spent many years at ASCAP where he served as SVP of Membership, heading up the PRO’s pop/rock staff, managing offices in LA, NYC, and Chicago. DeSavia also spent six years as VP of A&R at Elektra Entertainment where he signed and developed talent and worked on projects with many iconic artists on the label’s historic roster. He has served on the board of directors for the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (West Coast), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). In 2016 DeSavia co-authored "Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk" with punk rock legend John Doe, which spent eleven weeks on the L.A. Times non-fiction bestseller list; the audiobook version received a 2017 Grammy Nomination in the "Best Spoken Word" category. Doe and DeSavia's 2019 follow-up book, "More Fun in the New World," also spent many weeks on the bestseller charts and received great acclaim. The paperback edition of "More Fun..." was released by Hachette in June of 2021.
SoundExchange Influencer Sound-off and Performance featuring John Doe & Folk Uke
October 12, 2021, 5:00:00 PM
The SoundExchange Influencer Series brings together legends and rising stars to focus on the impact of legacy artists on music culture and business. Acclaimed author Tom DeSavia will moderate a one-of-a-kind multi-generational chat with punk rock icon John Doe of the band X, Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke. Then, watch an exclusive performance as John Doe and Folk Uke join musical forces from Austin’s legendary Continental Club. The influencer series reflects SoundExchange’s commitment to raising awareness around the value of all generations of music — past, present and future.