August 06, 2012

ASCAP Mourns the Passing of SVP Chris Amenita

Chris Amenita

ASCAP is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Christopher John Amenita, 55, who passed away on August 3rd, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Chris was with ASCAP for 27 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of ASCAP's Broadcast Operations & New Media Licensing Department.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento said: "Chris was one of the most beloved and respected members of the ASCAP Senior Management team and we all feel his loss profoundly. He was a great strategic thinker who understood the complex issues our members face in today's world. He was also one of the kindest and most generous of co-workers, always willing to mentor others. Songwriters have lost an advocate, and his colleagues have lost a dear friend."

Chris oversaw and was directly responsible for navigating the complex landscape of New Media licensing negotiations. Previously, Chris was the Senior Vice President of ASCAP's Enterprises Group, which focused on ASCAP's internet licensing efforts, the evaluation of emerging technologies surrounding the digital delivery of music on the internet and investing and partnering in developing technologies and ventures. Chris was responsible for overseeing the development of audio fingerprinting technologies for use in ASCAP's performance tracking, and was involved in the creation of ASCAP's website and New Media and Technology Department. Chris directed numerous projects in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. He also served as Chairman of DDEX (The Digital Data Exchange) from its inception in May 2006 to November 2009 and continued to serve on its Board of Directors. DDEX is a consortium of organizations that represent songwriters and publishers, digital service providers and record labels whose mission is to develop and maintain standards to support the digital distribution of digital content. He frequently appeared on panels discussing the impact of technology on the Music and Entertainment industries. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

Chris is survived by his wife Bonnie, children Christopher Jr. and Lauren, his parents Thomas and Antoinette, his brother Thomas and his wife Jean, and his parents-in-law, Ed and Jody Murphy. Chris resided in Huntington, Long Island.

Visitation is at M. A. Connell, 934 New York Ave., Huntington Station on Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 PM EDT. Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Huntington on Wednesday 9:45 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas ( in his memory.