Songtrust has promoted co-founder and general manager Joe Conyers III to chief strategy officer.
Under Conyers leadership, the Downtown-owned royalty collection platform and publishing administration service has grown to work with over 20,000 publishers and in excess of 150,000 songwriters – more than any other music publisher.
Conyers will be responsible for developing and driving the company’s strategic priorities across the organisation.
“When we first started thinking about ways in which we could radically streamline global royalty collection for songwriters at all levels we had the good fortune of meeting Joe Conyers,” said Downtown CEO and Songtrust co-founder Justin Kalifowitz.
“Convincing Joe to join the music business in 2011 was no easy task, but after considering the inequity in the marketplace and the opportunity to democratise royalty collection, Joe jumped in with both feet focusing on changing the industry at scale. Now, after growing Songtrust’s internal capabilities, Joe has a clear lane to focus on longer-range planning and the company’s broader mission to empower songwriters and music publishers worldwide.”
Songtrust has become the default partner for many in the creative community
Joe Conyers III
Earlier this year Conyers became a member of the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s Operations Advisory Committee. Songtrust’s leadership team has been boosted in recent times with the hirings of Molly Neuman as global head of business development, Brad Yuan as global head of rights management operations, Noam Mantel as head of product, and Dewayne Ector as head of society relations, among more than 50 new appointments since 2017.
“Launching Songtrust at a time that in many ways felt like the bottom of the industry, it’s been remarkable achieving what many thought then was an impossible task,” said Conyers III. “Yet nearly a decade in, when Songtrust has become the default partner for many in the creative community, we are still pushing forward, building both technology and relationships to ensure our clients get paid even more accurately, fairly and in a timely fashion.
"I look forward to the continued leadership of our incredibly fast growing business through the industry's tremendous growth and continue to serve our outstanding clients.”