With 40 years of experience, Fran Amitin knows the ins and outs of administering music catalogs. Long before it was fashionable for artists to retain their own publishing rights, Fran, in the employ of John Levy Enterprises, Inc., and its sister company, Gopam Enterprises Inc., was involved in the creation and administration of individual publishing companies for a roster of jazz artists that included Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, and Joe Williams, to name just a few.
When Levy closed his New York office in 1970, Fran became Director of Copyright Administration for ATV Music, where she administered The Beatles’ catalogue. By 1972, a growing ATV moved their entire publishing operation to Los Angeles. Amitin moved with them, and stayed on for a few years before moving over to Arista Records as their Director of Copyrights.
In 1979, lured away from Arista by Quincy Jones, Ms. Amitin became the Director of Copyright Adminstration for Quincy Jones Publishing, an umbrella company for all of Jones' publishing catalogues. These were the days of Thriller and Give Me The Night, and Ms. Amitin not only handled copyrights and licensing, but also song plugging and royalty payments for Jones' projects with artists such as the Brothers Johnson, George Benson, and Michael Jackson, among others.
After six years, Ms. Amitin struck out on her own, forming FranAm Publishing Administration. Since its inception in 1985, Amitin has represented a long roster of composers and songwriters, singers and musicians, including Average White Band, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, and Carole King.