Downtown Music Holdings-owned royalty collection platform Songtrust has hired Darren Briggs as Global Head of Technology at Songtrust.
Reporting to Songtrust President, Molly Neuman, Briggs will oversee the ongoing expansion of its technology stack.
Briggs was previously President and Chief Product Officer of Songspace.
Briggs, who prior to Songspace was the Vice President of Data Strategy and Technology Innovation at BMI, as well as the Head of Global Systems Development & Technology at Sony/ATV, will lead the development of Songtrust’s royalty collection and rights management platform.
During his time as President and Chief Product Officer of Songspace, Briggs developed products for Sound Recording and Master Rights Data Management, Synch Licensing Request Tracking, and led the automation of music data and catalog delivery.
Working in tandem with the hiring of Briggs is Songtrust’s expansion of its global royalty collection network.
Songtrust reports to be on track to surpass milestones from its record year in 2019 and reports that it now collects royalties from more than 215 countries.
Songtrust saw record growth in 2019, administering the musical works of more than 300,000 songwriters, producers, and other rights holders and a catalog of more than 2,000,000 songs.
“Darren brings an incredible and uniquely qualified experience set to Songtrust, with his work in performance rights societies, at startups, and at Sony/ATV.”
Molly Neuman, Songtrust
“Darren brings an incredible and uniquely qualified experience set to Songtrust, with his work in performance rights societies, at startups, and at Sony/ATV,” said Molly Neuman, President of Songtrust.
“Every music creator and rights holder in the world deserves to get paid for their music, and Darren’s expertise, paired with our already excellent team and fast-growing market position, will help us fulfill our mission and continue the growth trajectory we’re on.”
“I look forward to working with the team to continue building new and exciting Songtrust products and services that provide real value to music rights holders around the world.”
Briggs added: “Millions of music creators can now globally distribute their music with the click of a button and each month there are trillions of music use transactions.
“As new ways to create, experience, and distribute music continue to grow across social media, livestreams, live concerts, streaming services, and beyond, it is more important than ever before to provide music creators and rights holders with clear, accurate, and timely information about the use of their copyrights and their royalties earned,.
“It’s great to join the Songtrust team who share the same passion of supporting music creators, ensuring that their copyrights are protected and that they are paid for their work.
“I look forward to working with the team to continue building new and exciting Songtrust products and services that provide real value to music rights holders around the world.”Music Business Worldwide