Chaitovitz Appointed Exec Dir. Of Future Of Music Coalition
January 3, 2008 at 11:12 AM (PT)
FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION has named ANN CHAITOVITZ as its next EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. CHAITOVITZ replaces JENNY TOOMEY, who was recently appointed Program Officer for Media and Cultural Policy at the FORD FOUNDATION. CHAITOVITZ brings more than 15 years of experience in artist rights, copyright and new media technologies to her new role at FMC, which she will assume on FEBRUARY 4th.
"I have worked with FMC for years and am very impressed with the work it has done to ensure that artists’ voices are represented in policy and new media debates," says CHAITOVITZ. "JENNY TOOMEY guided FMC into a lean, mean fighting machine that has had true impact on the lives of musicians and the ways in which policymakers look at artist and media issues. These will be big shoes to fill. The excitement I have for these issues and commitment I have to FMC makes me believe that we can ensure the future brings a healthy music industry, where citizens can access more music in more ways and where artists are fairly compensated."
"ANN CHAITOVITZ is one of the strongest and most dedicated advocates that musicians have in the field," says TOOMEY. "During her tenure at ASCAP, AFTRA and her many years on our advisory board, ANN has been a confidant, collaborator, legal advisor and friend. Much of FMC’s best work on major label contract reform, copyright and radio issues is covered with her invisible fingerprints. Over the past few years, we racked our brains trying to figure out a way to bring her to FMC. It is bittersweet to be leaving as she is arriving, but it’s also very comforting. With ANN at the helm, FMC will help musicians achieve the equitable structures they deserve." TOOMEY will actively participate in the transition to new leadership.