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SoundExchange announced today, September 19, that Richard Conlon will be promoted to the position of chief corporate development officer.[caption id="attachment_201885" align="alignleft" width="350"] Richard Conlon[/caption] As chief corporate development officer, Conlon will oversee business development strategies and lead the company's efforts to expand its line of services for artists, labels, music publishers, and licensees. His previous role was as SoundExchange's chief external affairs officer. SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe notes: "Richard's leadership in the music industry makes him the ideal person to help drive our strategy to grow SoundExchange into a diversified portfolio of companies and services for the entire industry... SoundExchange is helping re-order the business of music by creating solutions that facilitate royalty distributions to music creators, setting standards and service levels that the industry can rely upon. SoundExchange is committed to innovation and growth delivered at the speed of digital."
Radio Facts: Richard Conlon, Broadcast Music, Inc. Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media, will be speaking on a panel entitled “The Next Big Thing in Licensing” at the 2014 MIDEM Conference in Cannes, France. The panel, to be held Monday, February 3, 2014, will focus on licensing in the digital age, how it impacts the music industry and how we can better streamline the clearance of rights globally in a new era of musical growth. Additional panelists include Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin (Netherlands); Florian Drücke, Managing Director, BVMI/IFPI (Germany); Melinda Lee, GM, Getty Images Music (USA); Mary Megan Peer, President, Asia Pacific & Strategic Markets, peermusic (USA); and Bill Wilson, VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Business Association (USA), who will be moderating the discussion. The MIDEM conference is an annual event that this year will concentrate on the ongoing innovation, relationships and growth within the music industry. The conference aims to provide a complete toolkit for success, ranging from streaming and new monetization models to tech and brand partnerships, music investments and emerging trends in licensing.