As many creators and industry leaders know, the music industry is ever-evolving and adapting with new technologies and legislation that affect the entire landscape. To truly progress, companies within this landscape must maintain the momentum and utilize an agile strategy to keep up with creators. Here at Songtrust, we strive to stay one step ahead and, to that point, we’re very excited to share that Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown), which owns and develops businesses to create a more innovative and equitable global music ecosystem, has named Molly Neuman as President of Songtrust®, the world's largest technology solution for global music royalty collection and publishing administration.
In her new role as President, effective immediately, Molly will lead all day-to-day operations for Songtrust, including client relations, product, and engineering, as well as society and services relations. The transition was announced today by Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz and Downtown Chief Strategy Officer Joe Conyers III, who co-founded Songtrust together in 2011.
“Molly’s leadership has been an essential element in Songtrust’s tremendous growth over the past two years. She is genuinely invested in the success of our songwriters and publisher clients, having been both herself, and is driven to help achieve Songtrust’s goals of delivering equity and innovation to the music rights ecosystem. As we continue to expand the broader Downtown portfolio, Joe and I have no doubt that Songtrust will continue to flourish as Molly assumes her new role as President,” said Justin Kalifowitz.
Since joining Songtrust in 2017 as Global Head of Business Development, Molly has played a key role in developing much of the company’s significant growth, leading the global business development, sales, and marketing teams. During Molly’s tenure, Songtrust has posted record-setting metrics for the business, including triple-digit growth with more than 2 million songs under its management from 26,000 publishers and 205,000 songwriters across 64 countries.
“I am elated to be the new President of Songtrust, in part because I am deeply, personally connected to Songtrust’s core mission to support creators, songwriters, producers, composers, their representatives and the businesses who work with them in accessing the money they are due. I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Justin and Joe, and remain committed to continuing to grow the Songtrust client base, drive our technological edge, and continuously improve our industry-leading processes and global collection capabilities. We have an incredible team in place to make this possible and I am honored to work alongside them,” said Molly Neuman.
A veteran of the industry and champion of independent artists, Molly’s music career spans nearly three decades. Prior to joining Songtrust, Molly was Head of Music at Kickstarter and Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). She’s held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic, in addition to serving on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM. Molly got her start in music as the drummer for the influential Riot Grrrl band, Bratmobile, and has remained a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion within the music industry.
“Molly is an innovative, thoughtful, strong, leader, and a true advocate for creative rights. I have no doubt Molly will continue to push Songtrust to fulfill its promise to democratize and increase transparency within global music royalty collection,” said Joe Conyers III.
The entire Songtrust team is proud to support Molly as we continue to provide access to global publishing royalties for creators. We expect great things and innovative changes that continue to support the songwriting community.
Downtown Music Holdings is a global company that owns, manages, and develops businesses with a vision for a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem. With operations across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, we are the world’s leading provider of end-to-end services to artists, songwriters, labels, music publishers, and other rights holders. Through our portfolio of companies — Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust®, AVL Digital Group, and Downtown Music Studios — we manage millions of music copyrights, with a catalog that spans nearly 100 years of popular music, including music for film and television, and the single largest independent sound recordings catalog in the industry. Our integrated platforms help democratize global music rights management and simplify the distribution, monetization, and promotion of creative works.
Songtrust is the world's largest technology solution for global music royalty collection and publishing administration, enabling 205,000+ songwriters and more than 26,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 2,000,000 copyrights. Songtrust removes the complexity of the publishing landscape and offers detailed access to data otherwise not directly available, helping songwriters, artists, producers, managers, publishers, labels, lawyers, distributors, and more simplify music rights management and the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing. Songtrust provides solutions for corporate clients including CD Baby, Distrokid, Downtown Music Publishing, The Orchard, Sub Pop Publishing, and Trap Nation. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York City, Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the industry, with direct relationships with 50+ performance, mechanical, and digital societies globally covering 150+ territories. Songtrust® is a registered service mark of ST Music LLC, which is owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings.
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The answer is not as simple as we’d like, but our goal is to make it as clear, transparent and understandable as we possibly can.
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