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Frank Davies – CAREER SUMMARY (Please scroll down for a more detailed biography)
PRESIDENT/FOUNDER Let Me Be Frank inc (Canada) 1999-present CHAIRMAN Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (Canada) 2000-2004 FOUNDER Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (Canada) 1998 CHAIRMAN/Co-FOUNDER TMP - The Music Publisher (Canada) 1986-99 PRESIDENT ATV Music Group (Canada) 1982-86 PRESIDENT/FOUNDER Partisan Music Productions Inc. (Canada) 1978-82 PRESIDENT/Co-FOUNDER Daffodil Records (Canada) 1970-78 INDEPENDENT RECORD PRODUCER (UK) 1969 EXPORT MANAGER Liberty Records (UK) 1967-68 ASSISTANT MANAGER International Promotion EMI Records (UK) 1966-67 CORRESPONDENT Billboard Magazine (France) 1964-65
Frank Davies – List of BOARDS served (Please scroll down for more details on the following board director positions held)
CHAIRMAN - Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame(CSHF) 2000-2004 Ontario Media Development Corporation(OMDC) 2001-02 FOUNDING MEMBER - Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA)1970 VICE-PRESIDENT & TRUSTEE - Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Science(CARAS)1983-90 CHAIRMAN - The SOCAN Foundation1990-97
Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record(FACTOR) 1985-88
Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers(SOCAN) 1990-99
Performing Rights Organization of Canada(PROCAN) 1983-89
Music Promotion Foundation(MPF) 1985-90
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - Canadian Music Publishers Association(CMPA) 1982-2000
CHAIRMAN - Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency(CMRRA) 1982-2000
DAVIES WAS MOST RECENTLY THE CHAIRMAN & Co-FOUNDER OF TMP - THE MUSIC PUBLISHER, CANADA'S LEADING INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHER FROM THE MID 1980s TO THE LATE 1990s, AND ALSO CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER OF THE NON-PROFIT CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME.
CHAIRMAN/Co-FOUNDERTMP - THE MUSIC PUBLISHER(CANADA) 1986-99:
After the purchase of ATV in 1985 by Michael Jackson, Davies co-founded TMP and built it into the country's premier music publisher; as well as the largest and most successful publisher of works by Canadian songwriters.
Twice voted “Publisher of the year” in the industry’s annual awards and still the only independent to have ever achieved that honour, Frank sold TMP to Alliance Communications Corp in 1994 and stayed on to run the company until the then merged Alliance Atlantis sold TMP at the end of 1999.
Davies built a catalogue of more than 5000 copyrights recorded by many of the world's top recording artists as well as music featured extensively in feature film and television productions and accompanying soundtrack albums.
TMP had separately acquired the worldwide administration rights to both the Alliance and Atlantis film and television music publishing catalogues in the eighties and continued to administer these rights up to Alliance's purchase (1994) and Alliance Atlantis' sale (1999) of TMP; creating an extensive, international network of representation for Alliance's music rights as well as securing soundtrack album deals throughout the world for that music, in addition to creating and placing 'source music' opportunities within Alliance's U.S. and Canadian productions.
TMP also represented the Canadian-territory music rights to such international film and television production companies asLORIMAR TELEPICTURES and Sesame Street's JONICO MUSIC,as well as the pop catalogues of theSPICE GIRLS, L.A. REID'S HITCOand JIMMY WEBB's classic songs, among others.
Some of the national and international hit songs signed and developed by Davies and TMP include:
'Dark Horse', 'Birmingham' and 'Trust Me This is Love' (allAmanda Marshallhits as well as being recorded by Anne Murray, Mila Mason, Tina Arena, and others); 'Don't Hold Back Your Love' (Hall & Oates); Dirty Dancing's'Overload' (Zappacosta); 'This' (Rod Stewart); 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafts' (The Carpenters, Klaatu); 'Lifestyles of the Not So Rich & Famous' (Tracy Byrd); ‘If I Was A Drinkin' Man' (Neal McCoy); 'Heaven Help My Heart' (Wynonna, Tina Arena); 'Sinking Like A Sunset' (Tom Cochrane); 'When There's Time For Love' and 'All the Lovers in the World' (Gowan); the classic Canadian rock anthem and first ever CanCon single 'Oh What A Feeling' (Crowbar) and 'Make Me Do Anything You Want' (A Foot In Coldwater) both of which Davies also produced; along with almost 1500 other hit recordings by the likes ofJoe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper, the Doobie Brothers, Mountain, Heart, Glass Tiger, Cher, Don Henley & Sheryl Crow, kd lang, Tanya Tucker, Alannah Myles, Loverboy, Terri Clark, EmmyLou Harris, the Wilkinsons, Chilliwack, Junkhouse, George Jones, Bette Midler, Blue Oyster Cult, the Guess Who, and many others.
TMP also had great success with the placement of its songs in major motion pictures such asAs Good As It Gets, Dirty Dancing, Urban Legend, Blown Away, Peter's Friends, The Crow, Cool Runnings, One Fine Day, Pay It Forwardand others; as well as a multitude of song uses made in television productions, and major advertising placements for McDonalds, Harley Davidson, Labatts, Molson and others. TMP received multipleASCAP, GAVIN, R&R, ECMA, JUNOS, SOCAN, PROCAN, CMPAandGENIEawards for its efforts.
Davies opened a US office for TMP in Nashville in the late nineties after having had a creative presence there and in Los Angeles for several years with independent pluggers representing the catalogue.
TMP also owned the career songwriting catalogues of artists likeMurray McLauchlan, Honeymoon Suite and Ron Hynesalong with the song catalogues of many of the artists that Davies brought to TMP from his years running his own record label (Daffodil) and production companies (Love and Partisan) in the seventies and early eighties. These artists include Crowbar, Klaatu, the King Biscuit Boy, A Foot In Coldwater, Tom Cochrane, Alfie Zappacostaand others.
During the early years of TMP, Davies’ signings included songwriterDean McTaggart(ex of A&M’s The Arrows), artist/writersSherry Kean (Capitol), Exchange- the instrumental duo ofGerald O’Brien and Steve Sexton (Mesa), Ian Thomas/The Boomers (Warners & Polygram) andThe Mozz (Virgin); he took on the worldwide administration ofHagood Hardy’s film and television music catalogue, and the management of songwriter/producersDavid Tysonand Eddie Schwartz, through his Cheek-To-Cheek Management company.
In 1991 Davies formed a joint venture between TMP and MCA Music Publishing in the U.S during which time he signed, developed and launched the recording career of hit American trumpeterRick Braun (Warner/Atlantic) resulting in several #1 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart;L.A based singer/songwriterJohn Cody (Duke Street/MCA);signed and published iconic, cult artist Jane Siberry(including her most successful international album “When I Was A Boy” on Reprise); hit Nashville songwriterByron Hill(winner of 3 annual ASCAP awards in the 90’s); the Barstool Prophets (Mercury); Annette Ducharme (Capitol); songwriter John Capek; longtime management client - songwriter/producerEddie Schwartz; and rock poet Andrew Matheson (MCA).
In 1994 at the end of the MCA venture Frank sold a majority interest in TMP to Robert Lantos’ Alliance Communications Corporation while artist managers Bruce Allen (Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Michael Buble) and Sam Feldman (Norah Jones, Diana Krall, the Chieftains, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello) picked up the balance through their A&F Music company. Frank continued building TMP for a further five years, as its President & CEO.
During this ‘Alliance’ period Davies signed artist/writers Dayna Manning (EMI), Gil Grand (Sony), Kai (Sextant), Lawnie Wallace, Staggered Crossing (Warner), Driving Blind (Vanguard), Welcome (Page/Oasis), poet Robert Priest(EMI/artisan), Nashville songwriter/producer Odie Blackmon, songwriter Bill Wallace,and U.S gospel artist/writerConstant Change.
After Alliance merged with its major competitor Atlantis Communications Inc in 1998, the renamed Alliance Atlantis Corporation (AAC) sold TMP to Allan Gregg’s newly formed The Song Corporation (SOC) in late 1999. Davies declined continuing as President/CEO and createdLet Me Be Frank inc.Just eighteen months later, U.S. basedPeermusic, the world’s largest independent music publisher, bought the TMP catalogue from the then-bankrupt SOC.
PRESIDENTATV MUSIC GROUP (Canada) 1982-86:
ATVwas a multinational music publishing group based out of London, England originally owned byLORD GRADE's ITCfilm group.It was later bought byASSOCIATED COMMUNICATIONS CORP,then entertainerMICHAEL JACKSONand finally was acquired as part of the renamedSONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP.ATVis best known asTHE BEATLESmusic publisher. As President of the Canadian company and, in its final months (prior to purchase by Michael Jackson), also responsible for the U.S. East Coast operations, Davies built the company into the largest and most significant independent (non-Major) music publisher in Canada with an extensive and highly successful Canadian talent base that included Aldo Nova, Chilliwack, Toronto, Pukka Orchestra, Headpins, David Tyson & EddieSchwartz, in addition to its renowned international repertoire.
PRESIDENT/Co-FOUNDERPARTISAN MUSIC PRODUCTIONS INC. (Canada) 1978-82:
Partisan was the very first Canadian record production and music publishing company to have an exclusive record production deal with a U.S. based multinational music 'Major' (CAPITOL RECORDS, now EMI). Partisan discovered, developed and produced Canadian and International recording talent for worldwide release by Capitol.
PRIOR TO 1978:
Before 1978, Davies was a leading record producer, independent record label owner and music publisher during the seventies through his companies DAFFODIL RECORDSandLOVE PRODUCTIONS LTD.
Davies came to North America in 1970 from the UK record business where he had worked forEMI RECORDSand atLIBERTY RECORDS'European office in the mid-sixties. Before that, he began his music career at BILLBOARD MAGAZINEas its French correspondent, in 1964.
CMRRA (Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency) 1982-2000 Chairman Canada’s largest and principal mechanical and synchronization rights agency representing approximately 70% of the world’s English language music copyright repertoire in Canada.
CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association) 1982-2000 Executive Committee Canada’s then only national music publishers association, founded in 1949, representing most of the leading English language music publishers based in Canada. The association represents its members on all levels affecting their business environment; including lobbying and copyright reform.
PROCAN (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) 1983-89: One of the two national performing rights societies (the other was CAPAC) that were merged to form SOCAN in 1990. Frank was also a member of the Joint Merger Committee that conceived, implemented and oversaw this merger.
MUSIC PROMOTION FOUNDATION 1985-90: A foundation established by BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) Canada’ to provide grants and other forms of funding to Canada’s composers and music publishers, as well as those seeking to advance that community.
SOCAN (Society of Canadian Composers, Authors & Music Publishers) 90-99: Canada’s now sole performing rights society, created in 1990 to represent the world’s music repertoire in Canada and Canada’s own repertoire worldwide, through reciprocal agreements with the leading performing rights societies globally.
THE SOCAN FOUNDATION 1990-97 Chairman A non-profit foundation created to enhance, through various funding programs, the copyrights and career development of Canadian creators, nationally and internationally.
CARAS (Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences) 1983-90 Vice President & Trustee The organisation that owns and produces the JUNO AWARDS and other such industry initiatives, created to build the Canadian ‘star’ system at home and abroad.
FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record) 1985-88: This national agency is funded by the federal government and private broadcasters to increase the quantity and quality of recordings and videos and touring opportunities for Canadian artists, record companies and music publishers.
CIRPA (Canadian Independent Record Production Association) Founding Member 1970 Founded, with producers Jack Richardson (the Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel), Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu, Max Webster) and others, to represent the interests of Canada’s record producers and record production companies. CIRPA has become a political and lobbying force that exercises influence in the making of Canada’s copyright laws.
OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) 2001-02: Member of the inaugural group of directors after the creation of the OMDC from what had been the OFDC (Ontario Film Development Corporation). This new mantle provided a platform for the coming-together of all the media industries in Ontario under one banner, including the music/sound recording group, for the purpose of creating opportunities for each of the six sectors represented, individually and with each other through funding from the Government of Ontario. CSHF (Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame) 2000-2004 Chairman and founder: Created and founded by Frank in 1998 to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Canadian popular music songwriters and those that have contributed significantly to their legacy. This non-profit venture appointed its first board of Directors in 2000 and made its first national and bi-lingual inductions at its inaugural gale event in 2003. ______________________________________