Mike Caren

Chief Executive Officer


Mike Caren is an American music executive, record producer and songwriter. As of June 23rd, 2012, he serves as President of A&R for all of Warner Music Group Worldwide.

In 2007, Caren established a boutique publishing company, Artist Publishing Group (APG), in association with Warner/Chappell Music. The company has placed songs with Madonna, Beyonce, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, B.o.B, Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Jason Derulo, Sia, T-Pain, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Lupe Fiasco and other numerous artists, television programs and films. APG has had more than fifteen Top 40 Billboard hits to date.

Ben Maddahi



Ben Maddahi, 30, is President of Artist Publishing Group and VP of A&R at Mike Caren's WMG label venture Artist Partners. Ben's publishing placements include songs for Enrique Iglesias, David Guetta, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Pitbull and others. Ben has served as co-A&R for Flo Rida and David Guetta. Ben also serves as manager for chart-topping producers DJ Frank E and soFLY & Nius, and has recently joined David Guetta's management team as well.

Angie Pagano

General Manager


Michael Akiko

Senior Director of A&R


Michael Akiko or 'Kiko', as he has been nicknamed by his peers, is Senior Director of A&R APG. He hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by way of Nigeria. He is an alumn of the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Kiko joined APG with a wealth of music knowledge having worked with the likes of DJ Mustard, Diplo, Marsha Ambrosius, and the Jonas Brothers.

Jeff Vaughn

Director of A&R


Jeff Vaughn is Director of A&R at Artist Publishing Group (APG) and Artist Partners, Mike Caren's WMG artist accelerator and white label venture. In addition to his A&R responsibilities, Jeff serves as manager to producer Cook Classics and APG writers Geoffro and JHart.

Miles Beard

Director of A&R


Miles’ extensive knowledge of music and keen ear for finding talent has led him to an A&R position with Atlantic Records and Artist Publishing Group. Miles has creatively contributed to records for several artists across the industry, including Pitbull (Timber ft. Ke$ha), Jason Derulo (Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz), Flo Rida (Good Feeling) and others. On top of APG writers, Miles co-A&R's for David Guetta, Flo Rida and Coucheron. Recently, he has been appointed to steer Parametric Records, the flagship dance label under Mike Caren's Artist Partners. Previously, Miles has held nationwide DJ residencies at several different nightclubs and private events. He was also crowned champion of 102.7 KIIS FM’s “So You Want To Be A DJ” competition, and subsequently became a member of the on-air team at KIIS FM in Los Angeles until 2012.

Artist Publishing Group


Artist Publishing Group (APG) is a groundbreaking music publishing company that is administered by Warner/Chappell, one of the leading music publishing companies in the world.

Our goal at APG is to further the careers of the next generation of superstar songwriters, producers and musicians. We find and create opportunities for placing songs and tracks with great artists and collaborators. APG does its best to secure its writers work in TV, film, commercials, video games and promotions. We also strive to market our writers to the industry and their works to the world.