002-defend-music-inc-au2a7529Defend Music is a fast-growing L.A.-based music publishing company founded in 2004 by Michael Prommer. Defend provides worldwide rights management and creative services to a roster of visionary songwriters and catalog owners.

Defend is a regular presence on the Billboard 200 album sales charts, and we’ve had copyrights in many No. 1 albums in our history, including Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Jay Z’s “4:44” and Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2.” Defend’s songs are used constantly in film, TV, video games and commercials, including recent spots for Apple, Nike, Fitbit, Keurig and Rexona. Our clients are the recipients of a number of Grammys, including the 2016 Grammy for Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk.”

Our writers have collaborated with Mark Ronson, Kaskade, Kanye West, Lee Fields, Weezer, Anderson .Paak, Fetty Wap, Black Eyed Peas, Al Green, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo Green, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Eric Bellinger, Kevin Gates, Nas and many, many others. As artists, our writers release music as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Vulfpeck, NxWorries, El-P, The Soul Investigators, Manatee Commune, New Bomb Turks, Pile, The Hood Internet, Johanna Warren, and more.

Defend also represents the publishing catalogs of pathbreaking hip-hop label Stones Throw, iconic soul label Daptone Records, noted electronic labels Wonderwheel Recordings, Passe, and Bastard Jazz, indie rock catalog Mother West, and funk and soul reissue label Now-Again. Defend also manages master rights for clients including Home Video, Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson, A.R.E. Weapons and more.

Michael Prommer

President / Founder

Hailing from Munich, Germany, Michael has been involved in the music business one way or another since he was 16. Early on Michael accompanied his brother Christian Prommer on DJ tours through Germany and learned the ins and outs of a the business of DJ, producer and remixer. Michael went on to study at U.C. Berkeley, where he obtained his Bachelors of Art in Economics. After a stint as Management Consultant with Bain & Company advising Fortune 500 companies on operations and leveraged buyouts, Michael became a partner in the electronic music website xlr8r.com in 1999. In 2004, Michael founded Defend Music with the goal to provide clients with the best creative and business services.

Greg Katz


Label, publishing, management, throwing shows, touring the country in a van, producing records, DJing – there’s pretty much nothing music-related that Greg hasn’t done. Greg has brought Defend classic copyrights including Kanye West’s smash “Monster,” Scott Klass’s “5 Steps” (the theme song of long-running TV show “Intervention”), and the catalog of funk innovators Vulfpeck. Greg also manages writer/producer Rogét Chahayed, whose writing credits include Halsey, Travi$ Scott, Calvin Harris, and D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s five-times platinum smash “Broccoli.” And Greg owns the beloved indie rock label New Professor. You can find him in a studio, at a show, or in the candy aisle of the supermarket trying to find a fresh package of Red Vines.

Andrew Scarborough

Music Coordinator

Andrew grew up in a musical household just outside of New York City, where his family worked in the TV industry. He began playing guitar at age 14, going on to study jazz performance and eventually moving to Los Angeles where he has been a part of the music scene for over 8 years. Previously at Music Alternatives and Lip Sync Music, he has had first hand experience writing, performing, publishing, licensing and promoting music.

Russell Nygaard

Copyright & Administration

Los Angeles native Russell is a trained trumpet player who has many years experience in copyright and licensing, with a prior stint at Wixen Music Publishing looking after the catalogs of several iconic artists. In the summer of 2016 Russell solo hiked the famed John Muir trail in California.


Sharon Tapper

Creative Consultant

Formerly Head of Publishing at Glassnote’s Insieme Music, SVP Music Publishing at Razor & Tie Music Publishing and VP Creative at Kobalt Music Publishing, Sharon Tapper is a longtime publishing vet. During her four year tenure at Razor & Tie, Tapper and her team were responsible for many U.S. hit singles including four Country #1’s (Blake Shelton “God Gave Me You” & “Over”, Jake Owen “Alone With You” and Tyler Farr “Whisky In My Water”), five-times Platinum certified “Home” performed by American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips (also captured the #1 spot on ten Billboard charts), Mary J Blige’s “Suitcase”, and Jessie J’s “Masterpiece.”