About Me

Robert Thompson is a highly skilled musician, producer, writer and publisher. He has been nominated for Grammys twice. He currently serves as President at Wise Music Group and President of the Music Publishers Association of the USA.

As a leader in the publishing and performance industry, Robert Thompson continues to look for ways to promote a strong and vibrant community. He believes supporting the local music scene includes conducting top-notch performances, creating publishing deals and producing high-quality sound. With a solid educational background and two decades of experience, Robert Thompson is a driving force in the industry.

Education and Work History

Robert Thompson went to the University of South Florida in 1981 to study music. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degree in 1984 from the University of South Florida. He then went on to get his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1992. He is fluent in German.

After graduating, he worked as a Managing Director for Universal Edition—a European music company that has offices in London, Vienna and New York. Robert Thompson then started Thompson Music Group, LLC. to provide his services as a producer. He went on to work for Purchase College as a Professor of Arts Management from 2007 to 2014, and he served as Dean of the Conservatory of Music from 2008 to 2010.

He spent time working for SUNY Purchase College's arts administration program, where he taught arts & entertainment law and music entrepreneurship and served as Dean of Music.

In 2020, Robert Thompson became President of Music Publishers Association of the United States, Inc. He also has been President of Wise Music Group since 2013, including G. Schirmer, AMP, Schirmer Theatrical and Node Records. Robert Thompson founded Schirmer Theatrical as a part of the Wise Music Group and arm of Music Sales Corporation in 2015. In 2016, Thompson founded NODE Records.

His work with Wise Music Group has included representing, publishing and producing a wide variety of music from diverse composers and artists for film, theater and commercial music. Artists he has worked with have included 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 others.

He has performed and toured with many artists as well, including The Moody Blues, Yes, Four Tops, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He has produced concerts with Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Nashville and Phoenix Symphonies, sometimes acting as conductor.

Current Career

As a Kauffman Foundation advisor to the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in Music program, Robert Thompson is able to help youth consider their careers in the performance and entertainment industry. He continues to produce work through Wise Music, including top-level theatrical productions through Schirmer Theatrical.

He spends much of his time looking for ways to build up the local music scene and encourage youth to pursue strong careers in the performing and literary arts. He is a member of both ASCAP's Board of Review and ASCAP's Concert Committee.

Through Schirmer Theatrical, Robert Thompson has created a number of experiences in the theater, including "REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES," "WOMEN ROCK," "GHOSTBUSTERS" (for Sony Pictures), "THE RED VIOLIN" (Lionsgate) and "AQUAMAN" (Warner).

Through NODE Records, Thompson has executive-produced Stanley Clarke's "Halston," "Free Solo" by Marco Beltrami (for Nat Geo), Oscar-winner Rachel Portman's "Ask the River" and Brian Byrne's "Goldenhair" (featuring Julian Lennon and Glenn Close).

Philanthropy and Charity Work

Robert Thompson has a passion for introducing children to music. He has a personal connection to the joys of creating music and believes all children should have access to forms of creative expression. Through his company, he has spent eight years supporting important charities. Some of the nonprofits he has worked with include Harmony Foundation, New Music USA, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Penny Lane Charitable Trust and more.

Through work at Schirmer Theatrical, Robert Thompson is dedicated to giving back to the community. He uses proceeds from each concert to support various local charities. His goals include supporting struggling artists, bringing up new generations of visionaries and helping people discover the stress-relieving benefits of music.

He also spends time working with students and children who may have an interest in a musical career. This includes working as a mentor for students in the Eastman School of Music's Entrepreneurship in Music program through the Kauffman Foundation.

Awards and Accomplishments

Robert Thompson is a two-time Grammy nominee. His vast experience includes performing with many legendary musicians and creating high-end concert experiences. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida. He received the SABRE Award for his impact in driving business and PR work.

Because of his work in the publishing, film, music and theatrical industries, he has been interviewed for Good Morning America and the New York Times. He has also been covered by stories in Variety, Billboard and more.

Thompson continues to be recognized for his contributions to the music, theater and publishing scene. He has a number of upcoming projects that are poised to garner public attention.


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