Santa Monica, CA, March 17, 2011 – Rondor Music Publishing has appointed Meridith Valiando to Senior Director of Creative, it was announced today by Lance Freed, President of the company. Ms. Valiando will be based at the company’s Santa Monica headquarters and will report to Mr. Freed.

“Meridith is a world-class cultivator of talent and she has a true passion for the creative process,” stated Mr. Freed. “We are thrilled that she’s joining the Rondor Music family.”

Valiando made her mark in the industry as a talent scout for the past eleven years. Valiando was formerly Head of A&R for Spirit Music Group in New York City and also operated a boutique management firm in Hollywood. She is the co-founder of DigiTour Media LLC, which is responsible for the first ever YouTube Tour kicking off April 12 in Los Angeles and heading to 27 cities nationwide. Most recently, she lent her ears to Mark Burnett Productions as an Independent A&R during the casting of the new NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” which is set to air this Spring.

Valiando was a member of the inaugural class of the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She began her career doing A&R for Columbia Records.


Almo/Irving Music was founded in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss as the original domestic publishing arm of their newly-formed A&M Records. In 1966 the company, with only 200 copyrights, began to reach out for new songs and writers. Today, Rondor Music International publishes more than 80,000 titles covering all musical styles and genres.

As a measure of the company’s success, Rondor songs have captured a number of Grammy awards over the years including “From A Distance,” written by Julie Gold (1991), “Tears In Heaven,” written by Will Jennings and Eric Clapton (1993), “My Heart Will Go On,” written by Will Jennings and James Horner (1998) and “Red Dirt Girl,” written by Emmylou Harris (2004).

Rondor has expanded its range of titles through the acquisition of other major catalogs, including Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys Catalog, the Stax-era East Memphis Music Catalog and the Shelter Music Catalog, featuring the music of Tom Petty, Leon Russell, and Phoebe Snow. Other acquisitions include the songs of Lloyd Price, Difford and Tillbrook of the band Squeeze, Leo Sayer and major Jazz catalogs featuring the songs of Les McCann and Wayne Shorter.