Scott Siman

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Scott Siman
Background information
Birth name Scott Foster Siman
Born (1954-07-22)July 22, 1954
Origin Springfield, Missouri
Genres country
Occupation(s) music publishing
talent manager

Scott Foster Siman (born July 22, 1954) is a leading American country music entertainment executive based in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] He oversaw the rise of country music superstar Tim McGraw and the launch of Dancing With the Stars celebrity Julianne Hough, among others.



Siman was previously an entertainment attorney with Benson & Siman, whose clients included Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Deanna Carter, James Stroud, Paul Worley and Chips Moman. He worked with such diverse artists as Judson Spence, Ben Folds, Will Owsley, Millard Powers and Jody Spence; as well as numerous executives and music publishers.

Senior Vice President Sony

Siman later served as senior vice president of Sony Music-Nashville, where he signed the Dixie Chicks to their initial deal as well as writers Marcus Hummon ("One of These Days") and David Vincent Williams ("I'm Movin' On"). He would later serve as attorney for the Dixie Chicks.

RPM Management

He managed country music star Tim McGraw where his guidance lead McGraw to be named Artist of the Decade securing more airplay than any artist in any format and the most played song of the Decade, all formats with "Something Like That". Other management highlights include #1 singles with Jessica Andrews and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and he guided two-time Dancing with the Stars champion and actress Julianne Hough to a #1 country album and multiple ACM Awards. He worked with the youngest artist to ever score a platinum album, Billy Gilman.

Siman is a past President and Chairman of the board of the Academy of Country Music Awards (1996–2000) where he was instrumental in the repositioning of the association within the country music industry. He is former board member of the Country Music Association and Country Music Foundation, and a participant in Leadership Music and Leadership Nashville. Siman served on the Nashville Cystic Fibrosis Foundation board and was a recipient of the Heart of Country award from the national organization.

RPM Music Group

As a co-owner of RPM Music Group, he has helped develop a publishing catalog that owns the rights to such hit songs as the Grammy winning "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (Alan Jackson), "The Power" (Cher and Amy Grant); "I'm Movin' On" (Rascal Flatts), "Leave the Pieces" (The Wreckers), "What Kinda Gone" (Chris Cagle), "Anything Goes" (Randy Houser), Montgomery Gentry singles "One in Every Crowd" "Long Line of Losers" and "Oughta Be a Song About That", "Let There Be Cowgirls" (Chris Cagle), "I Ain't Your Mama" (Maggie Rose), "Better" (Maggie Rose), "Wake Up Loving You" (Craig Morgan), "Say You Do" (Dierks Bentley) and has songs featured on four number 1 country albums in 2014 from the Band Perry ("Chainsaw") Luke Bryan ("Goodbye Girl", Dierks Bentley ("Say You Do") and Scotty McCreery ("Blue Jean Baby"). Other significant cuts include "Ex to See" and the #1 single "Make You Miss Me" on the multiplatinum Sam Hunt debut album; "Save it for a Rainy Day," Kenny Chesney (a 3 week #1 single); and "Break Up With Him," Old Dominion (band) (a 2 week #1 single).

RPM Entertainment

RPME's first release was vocal phenom Maggie Rose. Her first single, "I Ain't Your Mama" was #1 Most Added on the Mediabase country singles chart the first week of its release. RPME also represented, among others, Dack Janiels/Chase Rice at country radio. The first single "Ready Set Roll" and was a top 5 single at Country radio. Siman left RPM Entertainment in 2014 to head up EMCo.


Since 2014, Siman serves as President of EMCo which oversees the operations for Tim McGraw. Recent major successes include a performance by McGraw on the 2015 Oscars; a Clio Award for an integrated campaign for "Humble and Kind" helping propel the song to such honors as a Grammy for Best Country Song, CMA Song of the Year, NSAI Song of the Year and Favorite Country Song AMA's.

Personal life[edit]

Siman is the son of country music pioneer Si Siman, who was also in the talent and music publishing business and was an executive with Crossroads TV Productions, which created the first popular country music program on network television, Ozark Jubilee.[2] His middle name is in honor of Ralph Foster, Crossroads TV's president and his father's mentor when he was born in Springfield, Missouri. Si Siman is credited with securing record deals for Chet Atkins, Porter Wagoner and Brenda Lee, among others. He also is responsible for securing multiple recordings of "Satisfied Mind," all of which were in the top 10 at country radio at the same time.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri School of Law. He is a former Old Natchez CC club champion and qualified for the Tennessee State Mid Am and the Tennessee Four Ball Championships multiple times.

Siman is married to Teresa Siman and has three daughters, Rosie Siman Yakob, Lillian Keil and Marion Siman.

In 2014, Siman was elected to the Springfield, Missouri Public Schools Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Interview with Scott Siman". HitQuarters. 23 Jan 2006. Retrieved 22 Mar 2011. 
  2. ^ All Media Guide