The musical and theatrical producer José María Cámara has passed away at the age of 74 at dawn this Wednesday, “surrounded by his family“As Eduardo ‘Tedy’ Bautista, former president of the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE), has announced on Twitter.
“This morning José María Cámara left us, in peace and surrounded by his family. I can credit, without a doubt, that his loss is irreparable, but also that his lasting mark on music was an innovative shakeup that changed the industry. Goodbye dear friend“, has written in a comment collected by Europa Press.
Jose Maria Cámara (Madrid, 1947) oriented his training to studies of management of business within the music industry, entertainment marketing and business management, according to the National Library of Spain in a biography of the producer.
Between 1970 and 1982 he held various positions of responsibility at CBS, while from 1982 to 2002 he worked for BMG, becoming president of BMG Spain in 1995. In 2002, he began to combine this position with that of regional director of BMG Spain & Portugal. That same year he reached the position of Senior Vice President of Strategic Projects at BMG in New York.
From September 2003 to September 2004 he was President of Sony Music Entertainment, when he became Chairman for the Iberian Peninsula of Sony BMG Music Entertainment and, subsequently, from October 2005 to June 2006, Executive VP, Creative & New Business Devlopmente from Sony BMG for Continental Europe.
He was in charge of the creation and development of projects oriented to Leisure and Culture: Musicals, TV Formats, Cinema, in addition to the design and creation of the Plaza de las Américas project, of which he was a founding partner and executive president.
In addition, José María Cámara founded Drive Entertainment, entity that he presided over and with which he has produced the musical ‘Today I can’t get up’ and the show ‘Enamorados Anónimos’.
After learning of his death, the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, commented: “May the earth be light to you and may yours find comfort in memory. José María Cámara, an essential figure in the record industry in Spain, dies “.
May the earth be light to you and may yours find comfort in memory ||| José María Cámara, an essential figure in the recording industry in Spain, dies, El País https://t.co/EwjtuPSVsn via @the country
– Miquel Iceta Llorens / ❤️ (@miqueliceta) August 18, 2021
From the Government of the Community of Madrid, the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Marta Rivera, has stated that “with the death of José María Cámara, Madrid loses a great cultural reference”, and she “a good friend.” “A big hug to yours,” he stressed.
With the death of José María Cámara, Madrid loses a great cultural reference, and I a good friend. A big hug to yours.https: //t.co/TlWqUAdOg0
– Marta Rivera 🇪🇸 (@CiudadanaMartaR) August 18, 2021
“Today is a sad day because José María Cámara, an essential figure in Spanish music and a friend for so many years, has left us. A big hug to his family “, declared the singer and actress Ana Belén.
Today is a sad day because José María Cámara, an essential figure in Spanish music and a friend for so many years, has left us.
A big hug to your family. pic.twitter.com/TfA01zLHt0
— AnaBelen.Official (@OfficialAnabelen) August 18, 2021
The musical band Van Gogh’s Ear He explained that he met José María during the years as president of Sony Music Spain. “He shattered the cliché of the multinational executive: passionate, respectful of the artistic and affectionate like a good father. You were key in our history, friend. Until always, “he highlighted.
We met José María during the years of president of @SonyMusicSpain. He shattered the cliché of the multinational executive: passionate, respectful of the artistic and affectionate like a good father. You were key in our story, my friend. Goodbye. Https://t.co/TbmWgp5Xvr
– Van Gogh’s Ear (@laorejadevgogh) August 18, 2021