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Dave Hopper

Mgr & Publisher
Violet Hill Management

Dave’s music industry career began with stints in live event marketing, artist + tour merchandising and public relations before landing at a Nashville based Artist Mgmt firm in 2006. During his years there he handled day-to-day management responsibilities for multiple Grammy nominated & winning, Gold + Platinum selling recording artists. While at the company, Dave also helped launch a music publishing arm and was part of signing a roster of talented singer-songwriters & producers.

In 2010, Dave realized it was time to step away from his work with performing artists. That decision led to the launch of Violet Hill, a management firm focused on exclusive representation of Record Producers, Songwriters and Recording & Mix Engineers. Dave is still actively leading Violet Hill today with clients based in Los Angeles, Nashville and Minneapolis. Those current clients have credits with top-tier talent including Taylor Swift, Sia, BTS, Niall Horan, Hayley Williams, Tate McRae, Mae Muller, Cheat Codes, All Time Low, P!nk, Florence + The Machine, Paramore, Judah & The Lion, The Struts, Andra Day, KIRBY, Raekwon, Yo Gotti, NCT 127, Moon Taxi, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw and many others.

As an extension of Violet Hill, Dave also oversees the daily business of the boutique music publishing company, pray for my haters, which he helped launch alongside his management client, Tony Esterly. PFMH currently publishes multiple producer-songwriters & artists who are seeing great success with both artist centric releases as well as numerous sync placements in advertising, film and television.

Dave has additional prior publishing experience from his time as VP of Business Development & Creative at the esteemed publishing administration company, Words & Music (now part of Hipgnosis Songs), from 2014-2016.

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