Jim Vellutato, Chief Operating Officer of Arrival Music Management and Digital Label in Los Angeles, has been one of the top creative execs in the music publishing field for the past two decades. He is known for discovering and developing new songwriters & artists, pitching songs for major recording projects, and setting up collaborations between songwriters and hit artists and producers. Vellutato does everything possible to maximize the success and income of the talented artists and writers he represents. Vellutato, who joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 1993, worked with the Domestic and International SonyATV writers, signing new writers and producers, and developing currently signed artists. He worked closely with such hit songwriters as Mozella, Ali Tamposi, J.R. Rotem, John Shanks, Toby Gad, Walter Afanasieff, Rune Westberg, Zac Maloy, Evan Bogart, Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida, Midi Mafia, Louis Biancaniello and Billy Mann. He has had song releases on many hit artists, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Josh Groban, Fergie, Leona Lewis, JLS, the Black Eyed Peas, Fantasia, and Daughtry, which have sold well over 100 million albums worldwide.
One of the biggest hits Vellutato was involved with was Fergie’s #1 worldwide single ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’ which was the 2008 ASCAP Song of the Year and nominated for a Grammy. He is also credited, via placement or collaboration, with the following hits: Miley Cyrus' number 1 single "Wrecking Ball", Kelly Clarkson's Grammy Nominated #1, "Stronger", Justin Bieber's #1 Single with DJ Snake, "Let Me Love You", Carrie Underwood’s #1 country single “Temporary Home”; JLS #1 UK single “Everybody In Love”; Alexandra Burke #1 UK single “Bad Boy”; Daughtry’s #1 AC single “No Surprise’; the Black Eyed Peas’ Top 5 worldwide single ‘Don’t Lie”; Pink’s worldwide singles ‘Stupid Girls” and ‘God Is A DJ;” Fantasia’s Grammy-nominated single, ‘When I See You’; Paris Hilton’s Top 15 worldwide single ‘Stars Are Blind’; and Josh Groban’s Top 5 AC single ‘You Are Loved”.
Vellutato got his start in the music business (after graduating from U.C.L.A.) by working in the tape room (making demo copies) at Chappell Music. He was then promoted to Creative Manager, and soon moved to Famous Music, where he worked as Sr. Director of Creative Affairs from 1986 to 1993. While he was at Famous, Vellutato signed hit singer/songwriter Paula Cole to a music publishing deal, who went on to be nominated for 7 Grammy Awards, and won the Grammy for Best New Artist with hits "I Don't Wanna Wait" and "Where have All the Cowboys Gone", He worked in collaboration with then-Famous exec Alan Melina, who signed and developed hit artist, Martika and Michael Jay, who had a #1 one single with the iconic song Toy Soldiers which was then remade into the songs second #1 single as remake by Eminem.
At Sony/ATV, Vellutato discovered the female group Wild Orchid, and signed them to a publishing deal. Wild Orchid featured Stacy Ferguson, who later became known as Fergie, who went on to sell 8 million albums with her debut solo album Duchess, and sold over 75 million albums as a member of the Black Eyed Peas.
Co-Founder, Artist Development
At age 26, Barry "El Hefe" Daffurn launched Cinq Music with Jason Peterson of GoDigital Media Group. Within 3 years, Cinq Music had a Grammy under it’s belt, nomination for Latin Urban Label of the Year, and was bringing in more than six figures a year. Barry played a role in the development of YouTube as a key element of Latin Urban marketing campaigns, and at one point in time, was responsible for launching and/or growing the YouTube channels of Daddy Yankee, Farruko, J Alvarez, Justin Quiles, Jory Boy, Arcangel, Plan B, Pina Records, DJ Nelson, and many others. In early 2017, Cinq Music raised 20 million dollars for the acquisition of music intellectual property rights, and promptly acquired the catalog of the rapper T.I. from Warner/Atlantic. Cinq Music Group now has rights management, recordings, and publishing divisions, and recently launched a joint venture with former Sony/ATV executive Jim Vellutato for creatively developing and distributing music from emerging artists.