In 10 years since its inception, Big Machine Music has amassed a catalog of more than 12,000 songs and 45 No. 1 hits. Formed June 1, 2012, the independent music publisher has become a mainstay in the country genre and has ranked on Billboard’s Year End Top Ten Hot 100 Publishing Corp chart for the last five years.
Big Machine Music General Manager Mike Molinar credits the company’s success to a team that leans into hard work and long hours. Molinar and his colleagues also focus first and foremost on the song and its writers.
“If you take care of the song, the song will take care of you,” Molinar tells me. “That goes for the writers and team. On the pitching side, make sure that the song goes to the right home…not the fastest cut or the politically convenient cut. Big hits don’t come around very often and need to be protected as much as the writers that created them.”