February 19, 2015

ASCAP Promotes Lynne Lummel to Lead Newly Created Transformation Management Office

Former Head of Repertory and Distribution Will Oversee Strategic Core Business Initiatives in New Position

Lynne Lummel

Lynne Lummel, ASCAP EVP, Transformation Management Office

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2015 – Today, ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced the promotion of Lynne Lummel to Executive Vice President of its newly created Transformation Management Office (TMO).  In her new role, Lummel, formerly Senior Vice President of Distribution and Repertory, will work closely with ASCAP’s senior leadership team on a variety of complex transformation initiatives to meet the future needs of ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and publisher members and its licensing partners.

“The ASCAP Transformation Management Office will be essential in helping ASCAP implement new best-in-class, innovative tools and services for our constituents and Lynne is the perfect person to lead it,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. 

“During her tenure at ASCAP, she has always been an agent of change, driving fundamental innovations in licensing, in repertory and in our distribution systems.  Through her vast knowledge of ASCAP’s operations and complex business systems, Lynne’s work has resulted in tremendous efficiencies while enhancing the services we provide to our members and licensing partners.  I’m excited to have her lead this new TMO.”

In her most recent role, Lummel oversaw the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in domestic and international royalty payments each year to ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and publisher members for the public performances of their music.  Under her leadership, Distribution and Repertory expenses were reduced by double-digits, productivity doubled and the number of performances processed for payment grew tenfold to 500 billion in 2014 alone.  Lummel was also instrumental in introducing video and audio pattern-recognition technologies at ASCAP that expanded the organization’s ability to obtain musical performance data at the same time it streamlined operations and reduced costs. 

In 2013, Lummel was honored as a key executive in Billboard’s “Women in Music” issue.  Papers on her work at ASCAP have been published in the Journal of High Performance Teams and Reward and Recognition for Teams (Jossey-Bass) and presented at several conferences.  Lummel has a doctoral degree from Columbia University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where she serves on the FSU College of Business Board of Governors.

About ASCAP 

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 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 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. www.ascap.com



Cathy Nevins, ASCAP

Senior Director of Public Relations

cnevins (at) ascap.com