Warner Music Group executive Ron Wilcox has been appointed to the board of directors of US neighbouring rights society SoundExchange.
Wilcox is WMG's counsel, business affairs, strategic and digital initiatives. His appointment is effective from January 1, 2017. He replaces Jeff Walker of Sony Music Entertainment.
SoundExchange's board of directors is comprised of 18 individuals, split evenly between representatives from artists and labels.
“I am proud to welcome Ron to the SoundExchange board of directors,” said SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe. “His range of experience and record of accomplishments make him a perfect fit for a dynamic organization like SoundExchange, and I know Ron will serve as a strong advocate for all music creators.”
“This is an exciting time for our industry, with the uptake of streaming driving encouraging growth,” Wilcox added. “SoundExchange has a vital role to play in helping to sustain that growth and to ensure the digital opportunity continues to expand for artists and rights-holders. I’m delighted to join this distinguished Board as we work with the creative community to uphold and promote the value of music.”
Washington, DC-based SoundExchange collects royalties on behalf of performers and labels for the use of sound recordings by non-interactive digital services such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, Sirius/XM. Last week, it announced record royalty payments of $884 million in 2016.