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Congratulations to Songtrust on Billboard's 2018 Digital Power Players

Songtrust Staff
Songtrust Staff on Nov 13, 2018

Songtrust congratulatesSongtrust congratulates General Manager and Co-founder, Joe Conyers III, and Global Head of Business Development, Molly Neuman for being among this year’s Billboard’s Digital Power Players.   


Songtrust continues to transform the historically nearly impenetrable landscape of global music publishing administration through our digital platform. At the beginning of 2018, we signed a record amount of writers, bringing our total number to over 150,000. Building upon this continued growth, the platform’s royalty collection during the first half of 2018 increased by 86% over the same period the last year.

The Songtrust team has expanded its services to even more writers through our administration for businesses with over 20,000 individual publishers including Downtown Music, as well as distributors such as CD Baby and The Orchard and labels like Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, and Trap Nation’s Lowly Palace, among others. Our technology offers access to music publishing administration on a global basis for the fairest, most flexible and creator-focused terms. The first-of-its-kind landmark deal with ICE Services for pan-European digital licensing, followed by partnerships with Spotify and Youtube is evidence of Songtrust’s constant pursuit of the best, most transparent, and efficient deals with the highest return to our clients.

Neuman, herself a former indie musician, reports 35 percent more new clients in the first eight months of this year than in all of 2017.

“The opportunity that’s out there for independent songwriters, and the ecosystem that supports them, is kind of an incredible thing,” she says.

Since September 2017, our team has grown from 13 in NYC to 79 people globally, currently with over a dozen open positions. The results of this growth are tremendous with Songtrust representing cuts on 32% of the Artists on the Billboard’s Top 50 Hip Hop/R&B artist chart.

This recognition from Billboard solidifies the end to an already tremendous year. 2018 was all about growth for the Songtrust team and setting up a solid foundation for greater things to come, which means 2019 will have not only have some big shoes to fill but will also be a year you’ll want to watch.  

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JOHN COSENZA graduated from Oneonta State University with a degree in Music Industry. John has always been in bands and loved audio recording & production, but felt it was important to learn the business.  His first job after school was at the Harry Fox Agency, and then moved on to Warner Music on the label side where he then moved over to publishing at EMI/Sony/ATV as an Income Tracker.  Prior to joining Songtrust, John ran Royalties & Income Tracking at SONGS Music Publishing.

JAMIE FRANZESE'S aspirations to become a rock-star died ten years ago; he then realized the next best thing to do was to help musicians get paid for their craft; accurately & efficiently. He's been with Downtown since 2012 doing just that and looks forward to continuing to provide unparalleled services to our clients.

ANNA MICELI born in New York, but raised on the road, spent most of her early years on tour with her family, thus sparking her affection for music. She attended the College of Saint Rose and studied Music Industry, where she cofounded Rose Record Label and SMAN Music Publishing. As a fellow songwriter, Anna is proud to have been one of the first few royalty members for Songtrust. She currently helps manage the ever-growing royalty department.

SAMANTHA SHANK recently graduated with her MBA in Music Business where she developed a deep interest in music publishing and the massive business surrounding the song. After learning about Songtrust’s aim to make the complex music publishing accessible to all writers, she knew she wanted to work there. Today, Samantha works hard every day as part of the Royalties team to make sure Songtrust is collecting every last penny out there for their writers.

NIKKI BROWN studied Undergrad at Syracuse University, where she majored in I.T and minored in Music Industry. She wanted a career at a place that bridged the gap between tech and the music industry, which is what brought her to working in Royalties at Songtrust.

STEVE GUIGLIANO graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a degree in Digital Media Production and has written and performed music most of his life as a guitarist. His love for music compelled him to find a career within the music industry and now is a member of the Royalties team at Songtrust as a Coordinator. 

MACKINGOSH ZUMARRAGA found his love for music through playing the piano and singing since the age of four. This passion prevailed throughout his school years and after graduating from Pace University with a degree in Arts and Entertainment Management, he decided to pursue a career in music publishing. With his experience in royalties, he aspires to help music creators develop not just artistically, but also financially, to provide them a better opportunity to impact the world. 

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