ASCAP Names Lisa Selden as SVP, Administration Services

December 2, 2015

Lisa SeldenNEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 -- ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that Lisa Selden will join its executive leadership team as Senior Vice President, Administration Services, effective January 1, 2016.

As the performing rights industry continues to fragment and direct licenses become more common, Selden’s appointment will ensure that ASCAP provides best-in-class processing and payment of royalties services for clients of Administration Services.  ASCAP Administration Services is uniquely positioned to provide services at extremely competitive rates due to ASCAP’s highly scalable infrastructure and trusted reputation in the marketplace.  Selden will also identify opportunities to develop new competitive service offerings for existing and new domestic and international customers as market needs evolve.

Selden has 15 years of experience with multi-platform and digital businesses, most recently as SVP, Strategy, Operations and Business Development for Viacom Music Brands.  During 10 years with Viacom, she launched its music publishing business, and increased revenue and profitability from its media assets by innovating ways to monetize content across the web, television and mobile.  Selden held earlier positions with Napster 2.0 and HBO.  She has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. from Syracuse University.

“Lisa brings an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset and client service experience to this position.  She has worked at the digital, cutting edge of traditional companies as they strive to leverage their assets in productive new ways to meet changing industry dynamics,” said Alice Kim, ASCAP Chief Strategy and Development Officer.  “As we seek to expand capabilities for all of our members and customers, Lisa’s approach will be essential to helping ASCAP continue to flourish in tomorrow’s performing rights landscape.”

“Lisa is a key addition to the strong executive team that we are building to evolve ASCAP’s mission to meet the demands of the new music marketplace,” added ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.

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 825,000 members representing more than 16 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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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP

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