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Senate introduction marks significant step forward in fight to
ensure fair compensation for creators on AM/FM radio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 22, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, praised today’s introduction of the American Music Fairness Act in the United States Senate as a significant step forward in ensuring economic justice for creators whose work is played on AM/FM radio.

The bipartisan American Music Fairness Act, introduced by Senators Marcia Blackburn (R-TN) and Alex Padilla (D-CA), would require large broadcasters such as iHeartMedia, Audacy, and Cumulus Media to pay performance royalties for their use of sound recordings, while also providing relief for smaller stations or public stations via a modest annual flat fee. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a companion bill (H.R. 4130) this fall, setting the stage for Congressional action by year’s end.

“The American Music Fairness Act is a necessary and overdue step towards bringing the music industry into the 21st century,” said Michael Huppe, President and CEO, SoundExchange. “It ends decades of injustice of denying music creators payment for their work on AM/FM radio and levels the playing field between traditional broadcasts and streaming platforms. This is a common-sense blueprint for a healthier and fairer music industry, and we strongly support its passage on behalf of our 570,000 creator community.”

Currently, the process for compensating music creators is disjointed and unfair. For example, recording artists and labels are paid when their music is played on streaming services such as SiriusXM, but not on one of iHeart’s 860-plus over-the-air radio stations around the country.

The legislation, which is supported by 70 percent of Americans according to an April survey conducted by Survey Monkey, strikes a balance by creating a level playing field among music services while ensuring the viability of true, locally owned and operated radio stations. It achieves this balance by requiring broadcast corporations whose gross annual revenue is greater than $1.5 million – or stations owned by parent companies whose annual revenue tops $10 million – to pay fair-market royalties, while minimizing the impact on public and college stations by instituting an annual flat fee ranging from $10 to $500 depending on the type of broadcaster.

“Music creators spend years, even decades, perfecting their craft and inspiring their listeners. The very least we should do in return is pay them for their work. They are our family, our friends, our neighbors,” added Huppe. “They are simply asking for a rightful share of the $10 billion broadcasters earn by playing their music on AM/FM radio.”

SoundExchange is a fierce advocate for the rights of music creators and has distributed more than $9 billion in streaming royalties to date. SoundExchange is a member of the musicFIRST coalition, which works to ensure music creators get fair pay for their work on all platforms; is a leader in the effort to secure royalties for creators both in the United States and abroad; and advocates before the Copyright Royalty Board over rate-setting on digital streaming services. SoundExchange regularly speaks before policymakers to highlight the challenges faced by creators in collecting fair compensation for their work.

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.


Bonilla will oversee company’s technology strategy, management, and execution
to make it easier for creators to get the royalties they are due
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 26, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today announced that Luis Bonilla has been named Chief Technology Officer, effective August 1, 2022.

In his new capacity, Bonilla will be responsible for the technology systems and infrastructure that underpin SoundExchange’s proprietary solutions and will oversee the scaling of next-generation tools to better enable the business of music. He will report to President and CEO Michael Huppe and is based out of Washington, D.C.

Bonilla has served as Senior Vice President of Operations at SoundExchange since 2020 and first joined the organization as Senior Director of Distribution Services in 2011.

“Luis’s vast institutional knowledge, deep expertise, and proven leadership record make him an invaluable asset to SoundExchange,” stated Huppe. “With over a decade of experience enhancing our data and processes, Luis is uniquely positioned to champion new technologies that will ensure music is appropriately valued, in the U.S. and overseas.”

“I’m thrilled to begin my next chapter with SoundExchange to build upon our best-in-class solutions and find new ways to leverage technology to support creators,” said Bonilla. “Ensuring creators get paid is at the heart of what we do, and I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated technology team here to advance this mission.”

Over the past decade, Bonilla has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth and development. He spearheaded the transition from quarterly to monthly distributions, transformed the royalty distribution process, overhauled SoundExchange’s international services, and led bilateral exchanges with foreign collective management organizations.

Bonilla also led the development of SoundExchange’s Business Intelligence and Analytics practice to better inform the company’s data platform. He has 22 years of experience leading IT teams and technical operational processes and previously ran the IT department of Artistas Intérpretes Sociedad de Gestión, the audiovisual performer’s management organization in Spain. Bonilla currently seats at the Board of Directors of DDEX, the international standards-setting organization dedicated to improving the exchange of data and information across the music industry.

A native of Madrid, Bonilla holds a master’s degree in electronic and computer engineering and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering.

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 29, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Slacker, Inc. and its parent company LiveOne, Inc. to recover unpaid royalties owed to performers and rights owners.

“By refusing to pay royalties for the use of protected sound recordings, Slacker and LiveOne have directly harmed creators over the years,” stated Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “Today, SoundExchange is taking a stand through necessary legal action to protect the value of music and ensure creators are compensated fairly for their work. We hope Slacker and LiveOne will promptly reverse course and pay what they owe for the use of recordings that drive the value of their service.”

Background

Slacker is a digital media company that uses the statutory license for the use of sound recordings on digital radio. In 2017, Slacker stopped paying statutory royalties to creators whose recordings it was using. SoundExchange has been in negotiations with Slacker since that time to resolve their outstanding balance, but Slacker has failed to meet the terms to which the parties agreed. SoundExchange is now filing a complaint for breach of contract and underpayment of statutory royalties.

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.


SX Works Global Publisher Services to initially focus on U.S. and Canadian markets as first step in building an integrated global publisher services administration and licensing division for music publisher and self-published songwriter communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 14, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today announced it is unifying its existing publisher services offering to build an integrated global publisher services administration and licensing division, which will be called SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works).

SX Works will focus on launching new solutions built to support the global music publisher and self-published songwriter communities, with phase one focusing on the U.S. and Canada. SX Works will be led by Paul Shaver, president of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), who will serve as president of the division. SoundExchange acquired CMRRA, Canada’s leading and authoritative music publishing collective management organization, in 2017.

“SoundExchange and its affiliates are committed to ensuring all creators are fairly compensated for their work and that payments are timely, efficient, and accurate,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “The expansion of SX Works Global Publisher Services reflects where we believe the publisher service industry is headed and Paul’s recent success at CMRRA, along with his deep expertise and proven leadership, makes him well-suited to navigate the next evolution of our work to support music publishers and ensure creators are paid what they are owed.”

SX Works will leverage SoundExchange’s authoritative ISRC and sound recording data and CMRRA’s extensive musical works database which has been specifically tailored to support multi-territory and rights contexts. CMRRA brings almost 50 years of experience in collective licensing and administration of publishing rights for record labels’ catalogs, UGC platforms, and across full usage reporting delivered by digital downloads and streaming providers. This unparalleled integration, driven by best-in-class technology and extensive, transactional back-office administration, will position SX Works as a trusted and authoritative publisher services administration hub. SX Works will also engage existing music users and new emerging technology platforms to ensure they have access to accurate musical work and sound recording data.

In addition to serving as president of SX Works, Shaver will continue to oversee CMRRA, as he has since 2019. Since joining CMRRA, Shaver has helped increase collections and position the organization to be well-situated to support the ongoing growth of music consumption as well as the back-office administration of SX Works. Shaver has over 25 years of experience in the industry and previously served as vice president of Nielsen Entertainment Canada, where he was instrumental in the launch of the Music Connect data platform that provides transparent consumption data to the global music ecosystem. 

“I am thrilled to be leading the expansion of SX Works Global Publisher Services and thank Michael and SoundExchange’s leadership for entrusting the team and myself to lead this next phase of SX Works,” said Paul Shaver. “This unprecedented integration of two industry-leading organizations’ comprehensive data and expertise will make certain that music publishers and self-published creators are accurately compensated and ensure technology platforms engaging with music have access to authoritative music metadata.”

In addition, a team of experienced industry veterans have been promoted to new roles within SX Works, including:

  • Paul Gills, SVP, Operations and Client Engagement: Gills will plan, lead, and implement the publisher operations shared services model across SX Works and CMRRA’s Operational team, along with leading the newly created Client Engagement and Strategy team at CMRRA. Gills will report to SX Works President Paul Shaver. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Gills was vice-president of North American Administration for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
  • Veronica Syrtash, SVP, Business Affairs and Corporate Development: Syrtashwill oversee the identification, exploration, and analysis of new business opportunities and develop new strategic business initiatives that support the objectives of both SX Works and the music publisher community on a global level. Syrtash will continue to lead CMRRA’s legal and business affairs, supervising rate-setting negotiations and proceedings in collaboration with the Canadian Publishers Committee (CPC). Syrtash will continue to report to SX Works President Paul Shaver.

  • Lori Ellis, VP, Operations: Ellis is responsible for the development and administration of CMRRA’s Operational teams, including client services, repertoire, licensing, and royalty collection and distribution activities, and will lead all new SX Works operational undertakings. Ellis joined CMRRA in 1992, and throughout her tenure has amassed extensive experience in all areas of collective mechanical licensing administration. Ellis was instrumental in launching CMRRA’s Licensing and Distribution System (LDS), including integrated CWR (Common Works Registration) data from clients. Ellis will report to Paul Gills.

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.


Newest contributor credit integration strengthens accuracy and efficiency of
SoundExchange’s monthly distributions to creators  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 7, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, and Sound Credit today announced a new partnership to increase the accuracy and efficiency of SoundExchange’s monthly royalty distributions to registered creators. The partnership will provide more accurate data on who should be paid for sound recording royalties and follows the rollout of new digital tools and a new mobile app by SoundExchange earlier this week.

Sound Credit is a leading global music credits platform that is dedicated to revolutionizing the supply chain of sound recordings from the studio through to the listener. The platform collects and compiles critical data on who contributed to a recording in order to increase the accuracy of royalty distributions around the globe and ensure that the right payments get into the pockets of contributors. Sound Credit’s proprietary software, including a new mobile app and a revolutionary in-studio Creator Kiosk, allows creators to enter, edit, and export credits with ease to more than 40 platforms.  

SoundExchange will now be able to receive and store Sound Credit’s high quality contributor information to provide greater accuracy in paying music creators by using the data as a reference when creating performer lineups. Knowing who is owed a royalty payment for a recording before it is even played can help streamline monthly distributions by increasing the accuracy and efficiency of royalty payments. Creators will still need to register directly with SoundExchange to receive royalty payments.  

“SoundExchange is committed to building a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry and that includes ensuring our monthly distributions are as accurate and streamlined as possible,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “We are always looking for the best partners to help maximize the quality of our performer lineups and we look forward to partnering with Sound Credit and others to advance this goal.”  

“This integration means that music creators can use any device to enter information into one platform, click a button, and deliver credits to Sound Exchange among over 40 other critical destinations and formats,” said Gebre Waddell, founder and CEO of Sound Credit.   

As the only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange is a critical source of revenue for music creators, collecting and distributing digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 570,000 music creators using proprietary technology solutions. To date, SoundExchange has distributed more than $9 billion in digital royalties directly to music creators including $235 million during the first quarter of 2022.  

Identifying creators entitled to royalty payments early in the creative process removes any doubt as to whom should be paid, and it reduces the number of creators missing out on royalties by minimizing the need for manual claiming. This approach also shortens the time that it takes to pay out royalties, as all the necessary work is done before a recording is even played.  

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com

About Sound Credit: 

Sound Credit is the standard platform for music credits.  Founded in 2016, the platform has users in over 60 countries, and integrations with over 40 organizations and formats.  The platform allows music creators to enter information using a physical kiosk, mobile app, desktop app, or plug-in, and distribute the data throughout the music industry supply chain.  Sound Credit’s mission is to help music organizations accurately recognize and pay music creators with easy-to-use technology and services that improve the quality of music data.  For more information, visit soundcredit.com


With more than $9 billion in royalties already distributed and a growing community of 570,000 creators, SoundExchange is unlocking new technology initiatives to shape the future of the music business

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 6, 2022 — SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today unveiled the next generation of solutions to make the business of music easier and fairer including a new mobile app, look, and website that will serve as a resource for creators, publishers, and digital service providers. These new tools are the latest example of how SoundExchange supports a growing community of more than 570,000 creators with strategic, tech-forward initiatives, distributing more than $9 billion since inception.

The rollout begins with a new app that enables creators on the go to manage their business and makes it easy for them to track royalty payments they are due. The revamped website and its associated portals will be trusted online resources used by creators to get paid; companies to search, identify, and track music; managers to oversee their clients’ rights and payments; and digital service providers to help fulfill their obligations.

“The new tools, look, and mobile app reflect SoundExchange’s commitment to building a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry. We believe creators deserve to be treated equitably and paid in line with the true value of their music,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “This is the first step in an exciting new chapter in our journey to support and advocate for creators. We will continue to innovate to meet the moment in the ever-changing music industry.”

The new easy-to-use website and new mobile-based app (now available in the app store for Google/Android and Apple/IOS) allow creators registered with SoundExchange and their teams to manage royalty payments from their mobile device. SoundExchange is also launching new digital tools that make it easier to ensure creators are receiving the royalty payments they are due. A Sizzle reel that encompasses the new look and feel is available on YouTube.   

​​“Creators put their blood, sweat, and sometimes even tears into making music that moves and inspires,” said three-time Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges. “SoundExchange is leading the way toward a fairer music industry by using technology to help creators overcome barriers and advocating on behalf of artists for long-overdue changes that would make sure creators are paid equitably and fairly.”

“Artists care so deeply about the music they create,” said Billie Eilish, a seven-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. “The work that SoundExchange does ensures that artists can focus on making music that inspires, and that all members of the creative process are valued, respected, and supported for their work.”

SoundExchange is also exploring faster and more convenient ways to get royalty payments directly to creators, probing data partnerships that increase distribution efficiency, continuing international royalty collection work, and doubling down on advocacy efforts by calling for the passage of the American Music Fairness Act to end the injustice of creators being denied payment when their work is played on AM/FM radio.

“SoundExchange is accelerating its ongoing efforts to embrace new technology to advance our mission of supporting creators,” added Huppe. “Creators should expect to hear more exciting news from us in the coming months on how we will make it easier for them to receive their royalty payments.”

About SoundExchange:

SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.


Partnership makes it easier for registered creators to receive royalties they are entitled to through SoundExchange

WASHINGTON – May 5, 2022 – SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, and VEVA Sound announced today a data partnership designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of royalty payments. The partnership leverages the latest in cloud-based technology and makes it easier for creators registered with SoundExchange to receive the royalties to which they are entitled.

VEVA Collect, built by VEVA Sound, is a leading audio file-sharing, credits, and metadata platform that collects and compiles creator credits with all associated audio assets so that everyone who works on a recording is fairly compensated. VEVA Collect now allows users to export DDEX RIN files with their contributor credits, as early as in the studio, automatically to SoundExchange which can regularly retrieve and store this data. SoundExchange can then use the data to create performer lineups for any given recording.

“SoundExchange is committed to ensuring creators are compensated fairly for their work. By integrating this metadata into our systems, we can augment our already best-in-class data platform to better pay creators when their recordings are used,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “We look forward to working with VEVA Sound to increase the accuracy of our creator credits and build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry.”

“We are thrilled to partner with SoundExchange in this capacity to streamline not only the collection of credits in the studio but to now provide our users a method to send their data securely to SoundExchange and help facilitate accurate payments to everyone involved in the royalty stream,” said Deborah Fairchild, president of VEVA Sound. “We see this as an important next step in the interoperability of leading companies in the music industry.”

SoundExchange, the only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, is a critical source of revenue for music creators, collecting and distributing digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 570,000 music creators using proprietary technology solutions. To date, SoundExchange has distributed more than $9 billion in digital royalties directly to music creators including $235 million during the first quarter of 2022.

Identifying creators entitled to royalty payments early in the creative process removes any doubt as to whom should be paid, and it reduces the number of creators missing out on royalties by minimizing the need for manual claiming. This approach also shortens the time that it takes to pay out royalties, as all the necessary work is done before a recording is even played. The partnership is the latest example of SoundExchange using technology to optimize the quality of performer lineups and the accuracy of monthly distributions.

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ABOUT SOUNDEXCHANGE
SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 570,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.

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Singh will lead both the financial strategy and day-to-day operations of SoundExchange to power the future of music

WASHINGTON – March 30, 2022 –SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today named Anjula Singh chief financial officer and chief operating officer to lead SoundExchange’s financial, operational, human resources, and office services teams.

With 16-years at SoundExchange under her belt, Singh has played a critical role in scaling the organization for growth and investing in platforms and infrastructure that make the business of music more efficient. Singh provides leadership in the day-to-day operations at SoundExchange and in many other aspects of the organization, including the company’s move into the publisher services line of business.

“I am thrilled to announce Anjula’s well-deserved promotion to chief financial officer and chief operating officer,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO at SoundExchange. “Anjula has been a tremendous partner over the years in advancing the mission of SoundExchange. Her immense institutional knowledge, mastery of our business’s complexities, and ability to work across teams will be critical to our strategy and success as we move into the next chapter.”

Most recently, Singh served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. As a member of the leadership team, she has been instrumental in SoundExchange’s successful distribution of nearly $9 billion in digital royalties to music creators.

“I’m excited to continue serving our community of over 500,000 music creators with the incredible team at SoundExchange,” said Anjula Singh, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at SoundExchange. “Our mission is what drives my work at the company, and I am dedicated to maximizing the value of music and making the business more efficient for music creators.”

Singh began her career as an auditor at KPMG L.L.P., a global audit, advisory, and tax services firm. Prior to joining SoundExchange in 2006, Singh served as director of corporate accounting for The AES Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that owns and operates a portfolio of businesses that provide affordable energy to customers in 15 countries. She has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and audit.

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ABOUT SOUNDEXCHANGE
SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 560,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.

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Since 2003, organization has distributed more than $9 billion including $235 million in Q1 2022

WASHINGTON – March 24, 2022 –SoundExchange, the premier music-tech organization powering the future of music, reports today it has distributed more than $9 billion in digital royalties directly to music creators since 2003. SoundExchange has distributed a total of $235 million during the first quarter of 2022, completing its 150th royalty distribution.

“SoundExchange is powering the future of music by distributing billions of dollars to creators who are the heart and soul of our industry,” said Michael Huppe, president and CEO of SoundExchange. “We’ve seen the return of our vibrant music community over the last several months, and we are proud to play a role in building a fairer, simpler, and more efficient industry. These remarkable milestones represent our ever-expanding commitment to combine technology, data, and advocacy to improve the creative return at all levels.”

SoundExchange is a critical source of revenue for music creators, collecting and distributing digital performance royalties on behalf of 560,000 music creators using proprietary technology solutions. The cloud-native organization has helped creators stay afloat during unforeseen challenges through its industry-leading use of technology and data.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, recorded music revenues in the United States grew by 23% in 2021 to $15 billion at estimated retail value. Streaming revenues accounted for 83% of total revenue, totaling $12.4 billion in 2021 – a 24% increase over 2020.

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ABOUT SOUNDEXCHANGE
SoundExchange is the premier music-tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the US government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 560,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.

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Veteran entertainment strategist to oversee SoundExchange digital footprint expansion 

WASHINGTON – March 17, 2022 – SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, today named Tommy Korpinen chief business development officer to oversee the SoundExchange digital footprint expansion. Korpinen will report to SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe and is based in Los Angeles, California.

With 20 years of experience in music, film, television, and games, Korpinen will lead the expansion of SoundExchange’s digital footprint and business partnerships as the music industry continues to evolve with emerging technologies and players.

Specifically, Korpinen is responsible for establishing and executing the organization’s new business development and growth strategy. This role is critical to the company’s broader strategic planning and is key in determining and fostering long-view business transformation.

“Tommy brings a wealth of experience to our organization as we look to expand our digital footprint and industry partnerships,” says Huppe. “His expertise in multiple forms of media, new business identification, and partnership development will help us fulfill our mission of supporting creators and building a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry for our growing creator community.”

Prior to joining SoundExchange, Korpinen was vice president, Global Business Development & Digital Strategy at Sony Music Entertainment in New York. His portfolio included the management of various existing and emerging distribution partnership opportunities for the company. Korpinen also has held leadership positions at The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, and The Warner Music Group in multiple digital and business capacities.

“I’m delighted to join SoundExchange, particularly at a moment when the music industry is going through such rapid change,” said Korpinen. “I look forward to working with the incredible SoundExchange team as we look to build new partnerships and tools for the industry. Ultimately, this work will help continue to build a vibrant community of creators that will inspire new listeners, steadfast fans, and other creatives, alike.”

Korpinen holds an MBA from the University of Westminster, a Master of Economics degree from the Swedish School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Aalto University.

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ABOUT SOUNDEXCHANGE
SoundExchange is the premier music tech organization on a mission to power the future of music. It was independently formed in 2003 to build a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry through technology, data, and advocacy. The only organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of 560,000 music creators and growing. Through proprietary music tech solutions that turn data into accurate revenue, SoundExchange has paid more than $9 billion in distributions to date. For more information, visit soundexchange.com.

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