Member Spotlight: Cory Greenwell


Cory Greenwell

“Find a way to be in every moment (and out of your phone).”

What do you do and what led you to this career?

I’m head of business affairs (i.e., lawyer) for a boutique music publishing company that has grown.

What is the name and age of your kids?

Mavis Ryn is 3.5, and Avner “Cy” was born on 12/17/18!

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a father?

I’ve always known I wanted to be a father but every new moment and every new experience with her is a completely new way for me to experience the world. A lot of people talk about their enjoyment of seeing the world through their child’s eyes to harken them back to a younger more innocent time. Maybe I’m more selfish than than because I like how every experience that I have with my daughter isn’t just about their enjoyment, or even just my enjoyment of experiencing it with her, but the way that the two of us experiencing something together defines that experience.

And what is the most challenging?

Sleep. My little girl will often not go down until 11 or even 1am. 

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

It’s probably the mere achievement of working in the music industry. Growing up in KY, the “business” side of the music industry isn’t one that most people are even aware of. I left my job as a pretty highly paid patent attorney to pursue my passion for music by leaving the very affordable city of Louisville, KY to become an unpaid intern living in Manhattan. Roughly 5 years after taking that intern position I took a job as head of business affairs for one of the most exciting and and fastest growing music publishing companies in the world. I work with the most talented attorneys, creatives, managers and songwriters on a daily basis.

What is your best advice for someone new to your industry?

It all depends on what avenue you enter the industry through, but my overarching advice is to take chances. For the longest time through law school my favorite quote was “Where are you going? What are you doing to get there?” For me, once I learned that music law was an actual thing, I knew it’s what I had to do. I didn’t have any direct path to it. I knew a few artists and made some preliminary contacts that way, but it ultimately didn’t amount too much. Do whatever you have to do to get in. That might mean starting with your own clients to help make a name for yourself.

What is your best advice for a new dad?

Find a way to be in every moment (and out of your phone), but to capture as much of it as you can because it’s all so fleeting. I keep a daily journal on my phone of 1-2 things that happens every single day just to help us recall what life was like at any specific time. Already she loves seeing old stories. Once we found out we were having our first baby and were able to talk about it with our family, we asked our parents so many questions about who we as infants and toddlers were and this journal will be able to give our kids a great account.

But my best in-hospital advice is to not be too proud to let the nurses take the baby that first night or two because that is help that you’re just not going to get once you go home!

What is your current favorite activity with your kids?

There’s really just so much that we do together. We both have a lot of energy and love being outside and we both love singing and we do both often. There’s probably nothing better than seeing her scooting to school on her scooter though because of her independence and confidence as she navigates the path, watches for cars and really shows me who she is. At the same time, as tough as our bedtime rituals are, I love getting her down to sleep because we both sing to one another every night. Our current nightly song is Don McClean’s “Vincent” about Vincent van Gough.

Lyrics to live by:

“I know that my girl's trust is a luxury” - Chance the Rapper, “Work Out”

Follow Cory Greenwell and family at @ryngreenwell