Brian Roberts Appointed New EVP and COO of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, announced today the appointment of music industry veteran Brian Roberts as the organization’s Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer, reporting to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Roberts was most recently Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy Operations at Warner Music Group. In his new post at ASCAP, Roberts will be responsible for the royalty payment system for over 525,000 ASCAP members and will oversee ASCAP’s worldwide infrastructure including Distribution and Repertory, Information Systems, Facilities and the Economist’s Office. Roberts will assume his new position on March 30th.
Commented Matthews: “ASCAP is embarking upon a new era of technology and transformation in order to continue to provide first in class services at the lowest possible cost to all of our members and licensing partners. Brian’s extensive experience in the music sector and his impressive accomplishments in leading innovative infrastructure changes to support new strategic initiatives make him the perfect candidate to run ASCAP’s operations today. Brian also shares my passion for music and the need to protect the value of the creative works of our members. We look forward to having his expertise as part of ASCAP’s new executive management team.”
Added Roberts: “ASCAP is an innovative organization focused on strategic data initiatives that will make a difference to the lives of music creators and licensees worldwide. I am excited to join Beth and her team at ASCAP. I believe that ASCAP is at the center of driving core change in the music industry which will benefit songwriters, composers, music publishers, licensees and music fans alike.”
Roberts became Warner Music Group’s EVP, Corporate Strategy and Operations in October of 2014, where he had responsibility for overseeing WEA Corp. (WMG’s global artist label services arm) and Information Technology. Prior to that, Roberts had served as WMG’s EVP CFO since January 2012 after having joined the WMG family in 2007 as Senior Vice President CFO of Warner/Chappell Music, the company’s music publishing arm. Highlights of his tenure as WMG’s CFO include helping drive the acquisition and subsequent integration of Parlophone Label Group (PLG); overseeing the highly successful refinancing of the company’s debt on three separate occasions; and leading the selection and complete renovation of a new location for the company’s global headquarters in Manhattan. Before joining WMG, Roberts was SVP, Finance Administration, North South America for BMG Music Publishing, preceded by stints at Zomba Music Publishing, EMI Publishing and Ernst Young.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 525,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
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