Matt Pincus

CEO & Founder

SONGS Music Publishing


Matt Pincus is currently an Executive in Residence at LionTree. Most recently, he was the Founder & CEO of SONGS Music Publishing until the company’s exit to Kobalt Capital, Ltd. in December 2017. At the time of its sale, SONGS was the leading independent music publisher of contemporary music in the U.S.


Matt founded SONGS in 2004. Under his leadership, SONGS made itself a contender by pursuing an innovative strategy for a music publishing startup: signing songwriting deals with young contemporary hitmakers like The Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo, & DJ Mustard rather than buying old catalogs of existing songs. During that time, SONGS held the largest market share by copyright outside of the 3 major publishers.


SONGS became one of the highest-returning investments in a startup music pub company.