Ian Holder is the Senior Vice President of Creative at Sony Music Publishing, the world’s number one music publishing company, reporting directly to the CEO. Over the course of his career, he has signed and / or worked with artists including Post Malone, Frank Ocean, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Tjay, and Jack Harlow. Getting here wasn’t easy or obvious for Ian, but from the time he decided in his early 20s that he was going to turn his love for music into a career, he was dogged in his determination to make it. There was no blueprint for what he wanted to do, he didn’t have connections, exposure or experience. He made his own way, guided by his curiosity and embracing risk. He made some bad choices, but rather than allowing his failures to douse his passion, he decided to turn every mistake and setback into a brick in the foundation of his ultimate success.
Ian is more attuned than most on how our personal and professional lives influence one another. He talks to us about the importance of his family in supporting him no matter what and how his parents influenced his determination and understanding of commitment to individuals and the task at hand. He tells us how fatherhood has not only taught him about balance, patience and humility, but has made him a more effective communicator and stronger leader.
Ian gives us a peek behind the curtain on how the music industry works. He tells us that having the opportunity to work with creatives who channel their powers of self-reflection, empathy for others and connection to the world around them into the artform of music inspires him every time he opens his eyes.
Ian leans into life with gratitude and generosity for others, knowing that there were many people along the way who did the same for him.
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