April 01, 2015

ASCAP Promotes Christine Pepe to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs

Christine Pepe

Christine Pepe, ASCAP VP, Business and Legal Affairs

NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 – ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) today announced that Christine Pepe has been promoted to Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs.  In her new role, Pepe will continue to be responsible for structuring and negotiating a wide variety of licenses and other agreements on behalf of ASCAP, as well as providing legal and business support to The ASCAP Foundation and The ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. 

“Christine has been instrumental in ASCAP’s recent efforts to revamp its licensing practices, which has enabled ASCAP to more efficiently and effectively finalize agreements with licensees and provide them with broader, better defined rights,” said Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP.  “This promotion recognizes her efforts and the valuable contribution Christine makes to ASCAP every day.”

Pepe joined ASCAP in 2008 as Director of Legal Affairs.  Prior to ASCAP, Ms. Pepe practiced copyright and entertainment law at the New York Office of McDermott, Will & Emery. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from Boston College. 

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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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP

cnevins (at) ascap.com