McGinnis takes over from Andrew King, who, after 22 years at the helm, moves into a consulting capacity. King will continue to advise on key strategic projects for Mute Song.
McGinnis will be based in Mute Song’s London office and will report to Shirin Foroutan, group managing director.
He joined Mute Song in 1999 as head of licensing, but over the years his role grew to cover A&R, where he expanded the composer roster and secured significant sub-publishing deals.
Mute Song provides synchronisation marketing and licensing services to the whole Mute Group. It was founded in 1982 by Daniel Miller to provide a home for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds who needed a publisher at the time.
The company continues to publish Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and has gone on to sign the likes of Max Richter, Simon Fisher Turner, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dinos Chapman, Public Service Broadcasting, Sir Bob Geldof, Underworld, Josh T. Pearson and Ben Frost.