ASCAP Names Ed Razzano as Senior Vice President, Administration Services
April 9, 2019
NEW YORK, April 9, 2019 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in public performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announces the appointment of Ed Razzano as Senior Vice President, Administration Services.
Razzano will lead operations and strategy for ASCAP’s royalty administration arm, Songwize, which processes and matches performances and pays royalties for music publisher clients in partnership with a broad range of digital music services, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google Play, Pandora and YouTube. Reporting to ASCAP Chief Strategy & Digital Officer Nicholas Lehman, Razzano will begin his role at ASCAP as Songwize comes off a landmark year of growth.
“Songwize provides an invaluable service for rightsholders and digital music services,” said Razzano. “I’m excited to build on this essential business which ensures that songwriters and publishers can have confidence that their performances are processed and paid with the same trusted standards and systems that ASCAP uses to pay its members.”
“Ed’s deep background in music rights management will be a major asset for Songwize,” said Lehman. “We’re excited to bring him on at this time of growth and opportunity for the platform.”
Razzano has more than 20 years’ experience with music rights. He was formerly Vice President, Global Synch Operations and Systems for BMG Rights Management, where he was responsible for the company’s Songs.bmg portal and for overseeing and developing systems and operational protocols for BMG’s global synchronization operations for the advertising, film, TV and new media industries. Prior to BMG, he was Vice President of Business Development for Ricall, an automated online music licensing platform. He also spent four years with BMG Music Publishing, negotiating synchronization licenses for advertising and merchandising in the U.S. and handling international clearance of BMG’s U.S. repertoire for music in advertising campaigns around the world.
Razzano started his career at a TV commercial editorial house and went on to join the music department of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies at the time, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. He has also held positions at CBS Television, Universal Music Publishing and Spirit Music Group. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College (RI) and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from New York University.
Songwize provides leading end-to-end royalty processing, performance matching and payment solutions for public performance rights in the United States. For four years, Songwize clients have grown to include both major and independent music publishers.
In 2018, Songwize processed a 128% increase in performances year over year across Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google Play, Pandora, and YouTube. Songwize leverages the scale and efficiency of ASCAP data; its award-winning enterprise performance management platform; its secure web-based performance rights application; and ASCAP’s proven track record of accurate data processing and on-time payments.
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 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. 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