Songtrust Spotlight: Lisa Hauptman


A FLORIDIAN AT HEART, Lisa Hauptman moved to New York City after graduating from Florida State University with one goal - to be in the music industry. After a brief stint at a magazine publishing company, she was offered an opportunity to be the first employee at an entertainment law firm founded by Fred Davis. Sixteen years later, that same law firm had three offices in the US and over 45 employees. That opportunity was what started her career in Human Resources. As the Global Head of People at Downtown and Songtrust, Lisa oversees the global expansion of Downtown’s brand and is responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best talent. 
 

Sep 12, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: CJ Olivieri


A LONG ISLAND NATIVE, CJ manages the Client Acquisition Team for Songtrust throughout New York, Atlanta and Nashville. His team focuses on identifying rights owners, songwriters, and producers in need of global publishing administrative services and seamlessly transitioning them onto the Songtrust platform. CJ is also tasked with providing tools and education to prospects to help them better understand the music publishing landscape and learn how to further take control over their own publishing situations. 
 

Aug 22, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Laura Brehm

SINGER-SONGWRITER AND COLORADO NATIVE, Laura Brehm is revealing more of her true potential with each song. With releases that hit the top of the Hype Machine popular chart and landed in iTunes Dance Charts and Spotify Viral 50, Laura is one of the most sought after vocalists in the Electronic Dance Music world today. As she continues to work with international producers and artists, Laura is bringing back her solo music allowing her to showcase an increasingly sophisticated style of her own. Combining her experience of different realms of music so far, her new folk/electronic sound will bring the best pieces of her background to the forefront. Laura’s innovative approach to songwriting and way of singing will continue to win over her steadily growing fan base.

Aug 15, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Jedd Katrancha

AS EVP AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING, Jedd Katrancha oversees the company's global creative department, including efforts as they relate to placement of catalog in film, television, video games, product placement, advertising, and more. Jedd has personally worked on licenses with dozens of brands, including Anheuser Busch, Kia, Yahoo, Chevy, Vitamin Water, Mountain Dew, Sprint, and Cadillac.

Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rights-management firms in North America, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Jewel, Santigold, and One Direction.

Aug 8, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Joe Conyers III

JOE B. CONYERS III is Co-founder & General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rights holders collect their music publishing royalties by powering global royalty collection with simple term deals, completely online working with 40+ societies and 120+ territories making it easy to get paid publishing royalties from YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Radio, Movies, TV and more. Joe has grown the company to service over 150K creators and 20K publishers with works recorded by Brandy Clark, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Frank Ocean, and other Grammy nominated artists. At Downtown, Joe leads product, technology, and digital service partnerships focusing on maximizing client royalty collection by advancing digital licensing efforts. Billboard Magazine has consecutively named Joe a Digital Power Player ('16, '17).

Jul 31, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Crafting Your Brand with The Superfan Company

THE SUPERFAN COMPANY (from the team that brought you ZinePak) creates one-of-a-kind programs and products that engage superfans. They bridge the gap between like and love by creating 100% custom, tangible solutions that fans can share in real life and on social media. We sat down with Brittany Hodak, the co-founder, to talk about artists and marketing - from the importance of crafting a brand for themselves to the pros and cons of DIY marketing - and why interacting with their fans on another level is so vital in today’s day and age.  

Jul 25, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Emma McGann

WRITING infectious pop melodies from a young age, Emma McGann grew up with the likes of Alanis Morissette & Imogen Heap on repeat. Small-town girl Emma has since molded those melodies into colossal pop anthems, gaining BBC Radio 1 airplay, nominations for various awards in the US including a Shorty Award and an iHeart Radio Music Award in 2017 and has amassed over 10 million views on her livestreams. Passionate about interacting with her audience, Emma’s TEDx Talk explains the importance of her YouNow livestreams and connecting with her supporters.

She has received recognition from some notably fierce female forces in the industry including Kylie Minogue, Nancy Sinatra and Beth Hart. Emma prides herself on being independent - after successfully raising £21,000 via Kickstarter with the help of her supporters, her recent album ‘B.R.A.V.E’ gained 20,000 streams in its first month as an independent release.

Jul 18, 2018

Industry Spotlight: Discussing Sampling with Tracklib

LAUNCHED IN April 2018, Tracklib is the world's first and only music service that enables music creators to discover, sample, and license original recordings. It solves a problem that has been plaguing producers, DJs, and artists since the rise of sampling in hip-hop and dance music over 30 years ago - how to license and pay for usages in an easy and straightforward manner. Tracklib features a library of over 60,000+ tracks that users can browse, download, and license for samples with the click of a button. Tracklib was founded in 2014 to liberate sampling by creating a music service that makes it possible for music creators to sample original recordings without looking over their shoulders. Tracklib’s Creators Advisory Board includes top producers Erick Sermon, Prince Paul, and Drumma Boy.  

Jun 27, 2018

Songtrust Spotlight: Molly Neuman

MOLLY NEUMAN is the Global Head of Business Development at Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. At Songtrust she leads the business development, sales, and marketing teams of in their service to over 150,000 songwriters and 20,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 1,000,000 copyrights. Prior to joining Songtrust, Molly was Head of Music at Kickstarter, Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. Additionally, she has served on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM. Molly's career in music began as the drummer in the Riot Grrrl band, Bratmobile

Jun 20, 2018