ASCAP Names Nicholas Lehman as Chief Strategy & Digital Officer
April 20, 2018
NEW YORK, April 20, 2018: ASCAP, the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in public performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced the appointment of Nick Lehman as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Digital Officer, reporting directly to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. Lehman will oversee Strategy, Business Development, Product Development and Administration Services as ASCAP enhances services to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members as well as to its music licensing partners.
Matthews commented: “ASCAP is driving innovation through strategic partnerships and digital product development to move the entire industry toward data alignment and better services to music creators and our industry stakeholders. Nick’s track record of launching, scaling and transforming converged media and technology companies through product innovation and strategic alliances makes him a perfect fit for ASCAP’s transformation agenda. I am thrilled that he will be part of our executive leadership team.”
Commenting on his post at ASCAP, Lehman said: “The ASCAP repertory of music is not only an enormously positive force in our culture, but it is a major catalyst for driving the growth and success of virtually every media platform. I am excited to help lead ASCAP into new areas, technologies and partnerships that will support our members and help them thrive in the future.”
Nicholas Lehman most recently worked as Chief Strategy Officer for TEGNA, where he was responsible for guiding the media company’s vision, cultivating strategic partnerships, incubating new businesses, and driving innovation initiatives throughout all areas of the company.
Prior to TEGNA, Lehman was President of Digital for NBCUniversal. During his tenure, he oversaw and transformed a portfolio of the company’s native digital businesses, including Fandango, and launched a series of new convergent media brands for NBCUniversal.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Lehman served as CEO of Plum TV and as COO of Programming for IAC. He also held several executive roles at MTV Networks, where he oversaw digital strategy and operations and launched multiple new businesses in the digital music, mobile, gaming, and social media spaces.
Lehman has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children.
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 more than 735,000 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. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP
cnevins (at) ascap.com