The Big Machine Label Group proudly announces the promotion of General Manager Andrew Kautz to Chief Operating Officer. In this newly-created position, Kautz will continue to oversee all operations of the label, spearheading the company's financial, legal, administrative and business development processes.
As one of the original employees when Big Machine opened its doors on Music Row in 2005, Kautz has experienced a rich history within the organization. He has been instrumental in growing the then start-up with just 13 employees into one of the leading independent record labels across all genres of music today. Currently, with a staff of over 60, the company has been able to further develop its reach worldwide.
Working closely with Big Machine CEO/President Scott Borchetta, Kautz has led the charge for some of Big Machine’s largest initiatives, including the label’s history-making performance royalty rights agreements with Clear Channel and Entercom last year. He helped guide Big Machine’s growth from a single imprint with domestic distribution to the multi-faceted structure it is today. In 2007 The Valory Music Co. was founded and is home to Reba, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks and Thomas Rhett. In 2010, Big Machine and Republic Records joint venture established the Republic Nashville label, whose roster boasts GRAMMY-nominated trio The Band Perry, Platinum hitmakers Eli Young Band and NBC’s "The Voice" (Season 3) winner Cassadee Pope. The latest expansion has been rebranding Big Machine Music Publishing and delving into worldwide music distribution for BMLG Superstars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
“It is an amazing adventure every day with our team that never sleeps. Scott, seeing everyone pull together to build this rocket ship and having your trust from the start to help set its course has been a dream come true. The day you told me your vision I knew this was something I had to be a part of; getting to see it become a reality has been awe inspiring. Thank you for the opportunity and especially this recognition; it’s truly an honor,” said Kautz.
“Andrew has literally been with me before we even settled on the name Big Machine. He bought into the vision from our very first sit-down meeting at the Sunset Grill and has never veered from that vision, he has only added to it. He has been my 'get-it-done guy' from the first moment. This promotion is richly deserved," said Borchetta.
Before joining Big Machine, Kautz was COO of The Emerald Entertainment Group the Southeast’s largest recording facility (Emerald Sound Studios, Masterfonics, Emerald Broadcast Division, Digital Audio Post) where he started as a college intern and escalated through the ranks from 1989 to 2005.
Kautz earned a Music Business degree from Belmont University. He is also an advisory member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).