ASCAP Names Elizabeth Matthews CEO
January 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM (PT)
The AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP) has named ELIZABETH MATTHEWS to CEO. MATTHEWS fills the position left vacant upon JOHN LOFRUMENTO's retirement at the end of last YEAR (NET NEWS 12/12/14).
"Since joining ASCAP's executive team, BETH MATTHEWS has been a tireless advocate for our members and a catalyst for the entire organization," remarked LOFRUMENTO. "Working alongside BETH these past two years, there is no doubt in my mind that she has both the know-how and vision to lead ASCAP in a dynamic music landscape."
MATTHEWS has served as EVP/General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013 and was a unanimous choice among the 24-member Board for the position. Included in her vast accomplishments since joining ASCAP was her key role in spearheading the organization's support for introducing the Songwriter Equality Act in CONGRESS. Prior to joining ASCAP, MATTHEWS served as EVP and Deputy General Counsel at VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS from 1998 through 2013 where she guided the Business and Legal Affairs teams through early transitions in the shift to digital.
"ASCAP is an expansive, forward-looking and adaptive service organization that successfully built and grew the market for performance rights for songwriters and publishers in the UNITED STATES," stated MATTHEWS. "As CEO, I am excited about building on our unique assets to offer new, innovative services to our members and licensing partners. As new media platforms transform how we listen to music, it is critical that we evolve our own business models and update outdated music licensing laws to better reflect the reality of today's music marketplace. I am honored to work on behalf of the world's greatest music creators who call ASCAP home."