Nestled in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, Pacific Electric Music Publishing is a music publishing and administration company founded in 2002. We currently represent the catalogs of The Apples in stereo, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Richie Havens, Kurt Wagner (Lambchop, heCTA), Idaho, David Egan, Kelley Ryan (astropuppees), The Radar Brothers, Kelley Stoltz, Peter Walsh (the Apartments), Franklin Bruno, James Bertram (Lync, 764-HERO, Beck), Scott Low, Buddy Flett, The Modey Lemon, Holger Beier (Mexican Institute of Sound), Paz Lenchantin (Zwan, A Perfect Circle), Ann Magnuson (Bongwater), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Black Heart Procession), Jonny Kaplan, Tom Chasteen (Tranquility Bass) and many others. We have established a close working relationship with a worldwide network of like minded independent sub-publishers to provide aggressive and timely representation for our clients.  Our catalog is small enough to allow our clients direct access and quick turnaround on licensing requests.  We are not beholden to venture capital funds or outside investors looking to make a quick buck.

BRIAN MCPHERSON - (President) Brian McPherson started his music business career as an assistant to then head of A&R Dennis Herring at I.R.S. Records in 1987.  He attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1992.  In the intervening years he built a thriving music practice from the ground up, first under his own name and then with the prestigious Beverly Hills firm Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman.  His law practice focuses exclusively on the representation of artists, songwriters, publishers, music supervisors, managers, executives, producers, new media companies and record companies.  Past and current clients include such critically acclaimed artists as Fleet Foxes, fun., Father John Misty, Poor Moon, Pop Etcetera, Rilo Kiley, Faith No More, Beck, Cracker, Royal Trux, Apples in Stereo, M. Ward, Arthur Lee and Love, X, John Doe, Creeper Lagoon, Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and Superchunk.  Additionally, he has represented seminal independent record labels Merge Records, Drag City and Alias Records.  In September 1999, Hal Leonard Bookshelf published his first book, entitled Get It In Writing: The Musician’s Guide to the Music Business.  He left Rosenfeld, Meyer and Susman in April 1999 to join London Records as Vice President of A&R in Los Angeles.  When London Records shut down in 2000, he returned to private practice on a full time basis, opening an office in Los Angeles.  From 2000 to 2003 he managed Epic Records recording artists Modest Mouse.  In 2002 he founded Pacific Electric Music Publishing, a full service music publishing company.  He lives in Eagle Rock with his wife Lisa and their dog Edna and enjoys music, food and basketball.


BILL MURPHY  - is a music publishing veteran with twenty years experience in copyright, licensing and royalties.  He has worked with Bug Music, Universal Music Publishing, Universal Music Group, Virgin Records, Microhits Music, Barton Music, and as an auditor on various digital reviews and publishing due diligence projects.  He has worked extensively with the Counterpoint Music Maestro and Maestro 400 royalty systems since 1990 and attended Berklee College in Boston.  He can often be found at his computer trying to collate bad data and listening to bebop.