Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: David Hirshland

David Hirshland, Executive Vice President of BMG Rights Management, visits FAMIS for an interview with Professor Billy O'Connell (11/03/2014).

About David Hirshland

Attorney David Hirshland is currently president of music publishing firm Bug Music, as well as executive vice president of BMG Rights Management. (The two firms merged in 2011).

During David's seventeen years at Bug, he worked his way up from Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs to Executive Vice President, and was named president in 2006. In addition to his management role, David also functions in an A&R capacity, allowing the company to increase the size of its ever expanding roster of writers and catalogs. Among them are the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, legendary artists such as Iggy Pop, The Guess Who, and Los Lobos, and contemporary alternative rock stars such as Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, and Wilco. Recently, Bug expanded its catalog through acquisitions of other music publishing companies, securing classic hits including “What a Wonderful World,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Fever,” “Survivor,” and “The Real Slim Shady.” Bug also counts Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, and Kings of Leon among its impressive client list.

David received a B.A. in English Literature from Brown University and earned his J.D. from UCLA. Previously, he worked for the firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer, and Susman where he represented both talent and institutional clients in the film and music industries. Prior to his legal career, David was an agent at the Rosebud Agency and later formed his own management company.