NASHVILLE, May 21, 2015: ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced that Michael Martin will head its Nashville Membership office in the role of Vice President, reporting directly to EVP of Membership John Titta. Martin has been with ASCAP for more than five years and previously jointly lead the Creative staff alongside LeAnn Phelan, who exited in April to help launch Sea Gayle Management. Martin joined ASCAP from Extreme Writers Group (EWG), which he co-founded in 2000 with Jason Houser and shared responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the publishing and content development company.
ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta stated, “ASCAP’s Nashville community of writers and publishers is a rich vein of musical creativity, collaboration and success. While ASCAP transforms itself to offer innovative new services to our members, we are fortunate that Michael has been at the vanguard of this change in his previous ASCAP role. Moving forward, we need a strong leader in Nashville that understands the dynamics and needs of this valuable community. Michael’s expertise in fostering close bonds with our Nashville membership and his vision for enhancing ASCAP’s relationship with both emerging and established writers and publishers make him the perfect choice to lead our talented Creative team in Music City.”
Martin commented, “The ASCAP Nashville team has worked extremely hard over the last five years to get to where we are today. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a dedicated creative staff and I look forward to all we can accomplish in the years to come.”
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 600,000 members representing more than 10 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