Sony Music Jim Catino has been promoted to Senior Vice President, A&R. Most recently Vice President of A&R, Catino is a 22-year music industry veteran who first joined the label group in October of 2001. Based in Nashville, he continues to report directly to Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Randy Goodman.
In his new role, Catino will continue signing and developing artists with Sony Music Nashville’s three labels – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville, and RCA Nashville – and, overseeing the A&R team which includes Senior Director Taylor Lindsey, Associate Director John Johnson and A&R Representative Margaret Tomlin.
“I’m excited to be making this announcement today,” said Goodman. “Since arriving at Sony Music Nashville 21 months ago, I’ve been impressed with Jim’s ‘ears’ and sensibilities as well as the great team that he’s built around him. He’s always looking to do the right thing as it relates to the artists and their music and has been the driver of some of our great, early successes.”
“It has been an honor to be a part of the Sony Family over the past 15 years,” Catino says. “My A&R experiences have been so rewarding. I’m grateful to Randy for the opportunities he’s given me, particularly entrusting me with our A&R focus going forward. We’re creating an exciting, fresh culture that is so artist and music friendly. Randy has allowed our A&R team to lead that charge in new ways.”
Prior to joining Sony Music Nashville, Catino held posts at DreamWorks Music Publishing, Giant Records and MCA Music Publishing. At each company, he worked closely with songwriters and secured copyrights.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Catino graduated from Belmont University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Music Business. He serves on the Board of Belmont’s Music Business Department and is a member of the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Leadership Music and The Recording Academy, including the P&E Wing.
Catino and his wife Molly and daughters Katy and Kelly reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.