May 21, 2013

Sue Drew Promoted to Senior Vice President, Creative Services

Sue Drew

Sue Drew

New York, NY, May 21, 2013: ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento today announced the promotion of Sue Drew to Senior Vice President, Creative Services, Membership, reporting directly to him. Drew will be responsible for overseeing the Membership Creative Services staff in all musical genres and will also oversee the operations of the Los Angeles, New York and Nashville membership offices.

Commenting on the promotion, LoFrumento said: “Sue has distinguished herself at ASCAP as a leader who truly understands the career needs of our songwriter and publisher members. She has a deep knowledge of the industry and knows how to maximize opportunities to help our members make valuable contacts and develop their craft.”

Added Drew: “It is a privilege to be able to work on behalf of ASCAP’s members. Every day, I have the opportunity to discover new songwriters as well as to serve the most talented creators in the industry. I look forward to expanding our work across all genres, and helping our members to take advantage of all the many services and programs ASCAP offers.”

Drew has been with ASCAP since 2009 as Vice President of Membership – Pop/Rock, where she is responsible for signing Paul Epworth, Savan Kotecha and Priscilla Renea to ASCAP and inaugurating several innovative career development programs for ASCAP writers, including an annual songwriting camp for top writers. Prior to joining the staff of ASCAP, Drew worked in the field of A&R for over 20 years. She signed such artists as Phish, They Might Be Giants and Michelle Shocked, and A&R'd records for Barenaked Ladies, Bette Midler, Shelby Lynne, Dave Koz and Taylor Dayne, among others. She held executive A&R positions at Elektra, Chrysalis/EMI and Reprise, and worked as an independent A&R consultant for various labels and artists.

ASCAP has an exceptional leadership team in membership who will continue to oversee specific genre areas, reporting to Drew. They are:

  • Nicole George-Middleton – VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership. Nicole joined ASCAP in 2008 and was named head of the department in June 2009. She has maintained ASCAP’s leading market share and signed top writers, including Drake, T.I., Miguel, Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, Emeli Sandé, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, S1 and Jay Electronica. She was recognized in Billboard as among the most influential women in music in 2011 and was named one of the Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” in 2013.

  • Shawn LeMone – VP of Film & TV Membership. Shawn, an 18-year ASCAP veteran, was appointed to head the department in June 2009 and has overseen ASCAP’s success in securing a dominant market share in network, local and cable television as well as films worldwide. The department has accomplished this success through switching prominent composers from other societies and nurturing emerging composers through programs such as workshops with Columbia and NYU as well as ASCAP’s Film & Television Workshop in L.A., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

  • Alexandra Lioutikoff – VP of Latin Membership. Alex has led ASCAP's Latin Department since 1998 and is responsible for its worldwide Latin music initiatives. She was twice named a Billboard Latin Power Player and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 most influential Latinas in the entertainment industry, an indication of her industry impact.

  • Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan – Co-Department Heads, Nashville Membership. Michael and LeAnn joined ASCAP in 2010 and assumed leadership responsibility of the Nashville membership team in October 2012. They have consistently proven their excellence as a creative resource for the diverse Nashville songwriting community, maintaining ASCAP's dedication to the development of songwriters while serving the needs of our publisher members. Under the pair's direction, the creative team has curated a wide range of member opportunities, including several monthly showcases, ASCAP’s Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) Program and the Music City Trifecta multi-genre songwriters retreat.

  • Cia Toscanini – VP of Concert Music Membership with responsibility for Concert Music and Jazz. Cia has had a leading role in building and maintaining ASCAP's dominant place in concert music since first joining the organization in 1986. She was appointed VP in 2011. In addition to her position at ASCAP, she serves on several Advisory Boards for new music organizations and ensembles.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 460,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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