Chief Innovation Officer | Recorded Music for Warner Music Group
Scott Cohen is Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group (WMG). In his role he works closely with WMG’s CEO of Record Music, Max Lousada, and other members of Warner’s senior management team to help chart the long-term course of the company at the intersection of music, technology, and culture.
Cohen is a widely respected music entrepreneur who co-founded pioneering digital music, film & video distribution company The Orchard. He is a prominent public speaker and lecturer, and travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. He is an outspoken proponent of AR, VR, Blockchain and AI and is also the co-founder of CyborgNest, a company exploring the interface of biological and digital intelligence.
Cohen began his music career in the late ‘80s in independent and major label artist management. In 1997, Cohen and Richard Gottehrer (co-founder of WMG’s Sire Records label), started The Orchard on New York’s Lower East Side to provide independent artists the ability to sell their music to mainstream audiences. With the launch of iTunes in 2003, The Orchard delivered the largest catalogue of independent music to the digital music consumer. A year later, they had become the first indie digital distributor to hit one million paid downloads. In subsequent years, The Orchard expanded into video, music licensing, marketing & analytics, royalty collections, sports media, and other arenas. Two decades after its formation, the company is now owned by Sony Music and has operations in 40 global territories.
Cohen sat on the British Phonographic Industry Council for many years and sits on the boards of many cutting edge companies. He is also a human rights activist and strict vegan. Cohen holds a BA degree in Psychology from George Mason University.