Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Royalty collection platform Songtrust expands into Europe, hires Mandy Aubry | Music Business Worldwide

US-born royalty collection platform Songtrust is expanding its global presence to Europe with a new office in Amsterdam.

The digital administration service, which is owned by New York-based rights company Downtown, was launched in 2011 and now manages more than 1 million song copyrights composed by over 100,000 unique songwriter clients.

It enables clients to collect royalties from over 100 countries through its direct affiliation with over 40 national and international collection societies.

In addition, it boasts direct digital deals in the United States with the likes of Amazon, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube.

To lead its expansion in Europe, Songtrust has hired Mandy Aubry as Director of Global Business Development and Client Relations.

Based in Amsterdam, Aubry will help expand Songtrust into Europe and beyond, with a focus on working with labels, publishers, and businesses.

Aubry comes to Songtrust with over twenty years of industry experience across the record and music publishing industries.

“Mandy has a deep knowledge of the music publishing space and understands the diverse needs of various stakeholders, from writers and artists to labels and publishers.”

Joe B. Conyers III, Songtrust

Most recently, she spent a decade at Dutch rights management company, Fintage House, until its music division was sold to Kobalt Music last year.

During her time at Fintage, Aubry was largely responsible for managing client relationships and developing the company’s diverse international music publishing roster from film and TV production companies including Vanacore Music, MRC, and Alcon Sleeping Giant, to publishing companies such as Nettwerk Music Publishing and Big Yellow Dog, to singer-songwriters of the likes of Tori Amos and Jason Mraz.

“We are thrilled to have Mandy Aubry helm our Songtrust presence in Europe,” said Joe B. Conyers III, Songtrust’s General Manager.

“Mandy has a deep knowledge of the music publishing space and understands the diverse needs of various stakeholders, from writers and artists to labels and publishers. The addition of her unique perspective to Songtrust’s executive team will be key in reinforcing the value of our platform to businesses and creators at all levels in the European market and beyond.”

“Songtrust’s core ideology sits really well with me,” said Aubry. “Songtrust allows any songwriter, publisher, or copyright owner to get their foot on the collection ladder. It takes the complexity of the process out of the equation and offers an affordable, flexible service with no long-term commitment, something that is also increasingly appealing to established songwriters and copyright owners, including those with high royalty income streams. Many are looking for simply great publishing administration.

“Songtrust’s technology is a welcome addition to the often antiquated world of publishing collection, and I am truly thrilled to be working with Justin [Kalifowitz], Joe, and the team in growing their international presence.”Music Business Worldwide

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