ERIK STEIGEN is a music business expert with over 20 years of knowledge and experience in publishing administration, royalty accounting, financial management and creative services, with a focus on high-profile songwriters, artists and music producers. Prior to starting USA Media Rights in 2012, Steigen spent 10 years in charge of the music publishing and royalties department at a leading business management firm in the music industry, 5 years prior at a music entertainment law firm, and a short stint at Universal Music Group (MCA Records) when first arriving in Los Angeles in 1996.
For over two decades, Steigen has administered publishing catalogs for a long list of iconic songwriters and composers, including Lionel Richie, Brian Wilson, Don Felder (from The Eagles), Trevor Rabin, John Waite, Sheila E., Albert Hammond and Dave Mason. He has supervised royalty collections and accounting for artists and record labels such as Pearl Jam, Lenny Kravitz, Blu Cantrell, Maroon 5, Grouplove, Motley Crue, New West Records, Blondie, Red Bull Records, Side One Dummy Records, MySpace Records, and many more.
In addition to overseeing and preparing financial due diligence and the "books" for the sales of high value music publishing catalogs, Steigen has procured song placements in a variety of TV shows and licensed songs to film studios and advertisers.
Steigen grew up in Norway. He came to the United States to study music and music business at the distinguished Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During his time there, he joined the Reverence Gospel Ensemble, Maggie Scott's Jazz Series, and was selected to sing at the 1996 Singer's Showcase and Commencement Show. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996, he immediately got a job at Universal Music Group (MCA Records) in Los Angeles where he worked in the recording administration. Shortly thereafter, he landed a job at a boutique music entertainment law firm where he stayed for 5 years providing clients with music clearance and licensing services, as well as music publishing administration. He prepared recording and publishing contracts, amendments and licenses, and he helped with legal due diligence in connection with the Initial Public Offering for a groundbreaking online music merchandising company.
In 2007, Steigen co-founded and ran an independent publishing administration company for 4 years to which he signed some great independent talent, as well as multi-platinum Grammy and Emmy-winners.
In 2014, two years after founding USA Media Rights, Steigen began focusing more on Scandinavian and International talent, and have since then taken on several young producers and artists from overseas as well as Stateside, including Axident, Gladius, Anthony Preston, Sermstyle, Violet Road, Fredrik Strand Halland and Diana Ebe.
Steigen was a member of the national board of directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) from 2005 to 2008. He has been a guest speaker for the Entertainment Studies Division at UCLA, as well as a panelist and moderator on music industry panels and at conferences. He is currently a board member of the Norwegian Church (St. Olav's Church) in San Pedro, CA.
Steigen spends as much time as possible with his son. They are both staunch supporters of the English soccer team Liverpool Football Club. Steigen supports the local LA public radio station KPCC and is a member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the LA Zoo, and Santa Monica Public Library.