February 24, 2015

ASCAP Promotes John Johnson to SVP, Licensing

John Johnson

John Johnson, ASCAP SVP Licensing

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2015 -- ASCAP Executive Vice President, Licensing, Vincent Candilora announced today that John Johnson has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing.  Based in Nashville and reporting to Candilora, Johnson will continue to advance ASCAP’s core licensing operations to meet the challenges of today’s complex music licensing landscape.  

In his previous role as VP, Licensing Operations and Systems, Johnson led the transition of ASCAP licensing practices to more advanced cloud technology solutions. These changes have resulted in substantial savings for the organization over the last decade. Johnson joined ASCAP in 1995 and has held roles in collections, general licensing, business analysis and licensing operations.  He has served on several ASCAP project teams including the ASCAP "I Create Music Expo” launch.  Johnson holds a B.A. in Management and Human Relations and an M.B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Over the past nineteen years John has proven to be Licensing’s principal source of guidance for the many technical and innovative solutions we have implemented. All of these operational changes have directly attributed to ASCAP’s reduction of overall operating expenses,” said Candilora. “As ASCAP innovates new ways to provide our licensee partners with the most efficient licensing models and access to our diverse, high quality repertory, I am highly confident that John will continue to play a key role.”

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


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