On my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? Absolutely not. We stopped by our CEO’s office, Brad Navin, who made it clear his was an open-door policy, said hello to our CTO, Josh Builder, who lends his name to some of our signature tools like Release Builder and Artist Builder, and before I could get cold feet, we entered Richard Gottehrer‘s office, the uniquely charismatic and impressive Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard.
Richard is one of those people whose work and reputation precede him. If you haven’t heard the name, you’ve heard “My Boyfriend’s Back.” If you’re not familiar with the face, you’ll recognize “I Want Candy.” It doesn’t stop there. Richard Gottehrer has worked with industry staples like Blondie and The Go-Go’s, he’s been an advisor and contributor to The Raveonettes since they formed in 2000, he produces the growing buzzband Dum Dum Girls, and of course, he — along with Co-Founder Scott Cohen — is responsible for bringing distribution to indie artists and labels who previously had never had access to it by founding The Orchard 16 years ago and helping it grow into the world’s largest supplier of digital music.
Tonight, Richard will be honored with SESAC’s “Visionary Award” at their annual Pop Music Awards. It’s only the second year the performing rights organization has bestowed this award, and we couldn’t be more proud to support Richard in this exciting milestone. His 50+ years of contributions to the industry aren’t even close to being over, and having been lucky enough to work with Richard, I can confidently assert that the man is a living legend, an inspiring leader full of ideas and ideals, a generous spirit and a remarkable man.
See what I’m talking about in this video about his life and career. Let his stories transport you and his charm seduce you. Learn about his achievements and notice how humbly he talks about them. And please, join me in congratulating him whole-heartedly for the award he’s receiving tonight. Spread the word: you’ve not seen the last of Richard Gottehrer, folks!