Richard Conlon Tapped For Universal Music Publishing Group Post As Performing Rights Special Advisor
November 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM (PT)
Former BMI SVP Corporate Strategy & New Media RICHARD CONLON has been named Special Advisor on Performing Rights for UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP, reporting to EVP Operations/CFO MICHAEL J. SAMMIS and SVP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Business Development DAVID KOKAKIS.
CONLON will be counseling the company on matters related to advocating, protecting and maximizing the value of performing rights on behalf of UMPG and its songwriters.
“It is, indeed, an interesting time in the evolution of the performing rights business and RICHARD’s expertise in developing systems and strategy will be extremely valuable towards maximizing the value of performing rights for UMPG and its songwriters,” said SAMMIS.
A well-respected and accomplished music industry executive, CONLON spearheaded BMI’s digital new media licensing divisions and directed global communications efforts. During his more than 20 years with the performing rights organization, he launched both the corporate strategy and digital business units, licensing the rights to more than 8.5 million musical works and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. CONLON also managed negotiations with industry leading digital properties ranging from YOUTUBE to SPOTIFY, YAHOO, MSN, AOL and MP3.COM, to APPLE’s IRADIO and PANDORA. Under his management, licensed properties grew to more than 10,000 sites and digital income consistently drove corporate revenue growth.