John Bahr, CD Baby


Jon Bahr serves as the VP of Music Publishing and Rights Management at leading independent music distributor and artist services company CD Baby. Bahr leads CD Baby’s Publishing administration business, which represents more than 600,000 compositions for over 100,000 songwriters, and the CD Baby Sync program, which oversees over 3 million pre-cleared songs for licensing.

Prior to joining CD Baby in 2016, Bahr worked at ASCAP for over a decade where he was most recently Senior Director of Marketing & Communications overseeing ASCAP’s advertising, sponsorships, member benefit partnerships and marketing campaigns.

He was a creator and executive producer of the successful annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO conference. Bahr was instrumental in driving the success of ASCAP’s 100th birthday integrated marketing campaign, including the star-studded commissioned film, Why We Create Music. Prior to ASCAP, Bahr worked at music booking agencies Artist Group International and Ted Kurland Associates, Emcee Artist Management, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s organization True Majority. He also managed indie rock band, The Slip. Bahr graduated from Williams College with a degree in Economics.