Rob Wetstone Joins as Head of Client Relations, With Dewayne Ector and Sean McGraw Each Being Promoted to Global Head
Songtrust®, the world's largest global royalty collection platform, has expanded its leadership team with the hiring of Rob Wetstone as Head of Client Relations. Songtrust has also promoted Sean McGraw to Global Head of Rights Management Operations, and Dewayne Ector to Global Head of Partner Relations and Income Tracking. Prior to closing out 2019, Ector brought on Lisa Robinson as Senior Director of Income Tracking, who previously worked at HFA and EMI Music Publishing.
“A key factor in Songtrust’s rapid growth is our unique ability to streamline the tracking and collection of global music publishing royalties,” said Molly Neuman, President of Songtrust. “With these new hires and promotions, our team can continue spearheading music publishing innovation for songwriters and music rights holders, but with improved focus and scale, and get our clients the royalties they are due.”
In Wetstone’s newly created role, he will oversee the Client Relations team, which includes marketing, client acquisition, business development and client services. He will also further streamline Songtrust’s operations to acquire new clients and onboard their catalogs, ensuring they understand the music publishing landscape and how Songtrust tracks and collects their royalties. Prior to Songtrust, Wetstone was a VP of Digital Strategy and Operations at RED Distribution/The Orchard.
“It’s energizing to be at a fast-growing company that’s simplifying the music publishing landscape for songwriters and music rights holders everywhere. Songtrust has proven year after year that it’s at the forefront of modernizing music publishing, and the new era of self-sufficient music creators has only just begun,” said Wetstone.
McGraw has been with Songtrust’s parent company, Downtown Music Holdings, for more than twelve years, with a prior role of Senior Vice President of Administration at Downtown Music Publishing. Ector has been with Songtrust for a year, joining by way of Kobalt’s AMRA, where he was Head of International.
“2019 was Songtrust’s most successful year to date and that is in large part due to our leadership team who brings deep and nuanced knowledge of global music publishing and all its intricacies. Sean and Dewayne lead key departments critical to our operational excellence, and Lisa Robinson strengthens and expands our capabilities and precision in our royalties collections,” said Neuman.
In 2019, Songtrust’s royalty collections grew by nearly 250% from 2018, and expanded to represent more than 300,000 songwriters and 2,000,000 songs. The company is off to a fast start in 2020 with its January royalty collections increasing by 335% compared to January 2019.
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