Alison Hook has been named Senior Vice President, Sampling and Copyright Infringement, UK & International, at Sony Music Publishing.
In her new role, Hook will oversee the company’s sampling and copyright infringement matters, and further strengthen relationships with societies in the UK and internationally.
Hook is tasked with modernizing the sampling process to ensure efficient royalty and credit processing.
She is based in the company’s UK office and reports to David Ventura, President & Co-Managing Director, UK, SVP International, and Tim Major, Co-Managing Director, UK, Sony Music Publishing.
Ventura and Major took on their co-roles in 2019.
Hook’s career at the company spans over 25 years, and in that time she has played an “integral” role in the success of Sony Music Publishing across this field, it says.
She established an online sample clearance guide, which helped streamline the clearance process for newcomers, de-mystify clearance for users and clarified definitions of copyright infringement.
Hook was also closely involved with the development of the current PRS/MCPS rules on copyright infringement claims, and the required supporting documentation of an independent expert musicologist’s report, to ensure swift processing of claims.
“Sampling is a staple tool in songwriting across many musical genres.”
Alison Hook, said: “Sampling is a staple tool in songwriting across many musical genres.
“I am excited to be working in this innovative role, in which our sampling strategy will be aligned globally, maximising our efficiency for both Sony’s songwriters and those seeking to sample our repertoire.
“I look forward to working even more closely with our talented teams around the world.”
“Alison’s elevation within the company is pivotal in our relentless efforts to improve our service to songwriters.”
David Ventura and Tim Major, Sony Music Publishing U.K.
David Ventura and Tim Major, said: “Alison’s elevation within the company is pivotal in our relentless efforts to improve our service to songwriters.
“We all have seen the explosion of sampling activity in the last years, which has become key in how music is made by new music creators.
“This new role is tailor made for Alison, who has never stopped protecting songwriters’ interests for the last two decades.
“Her experience, professionalism and fairness make her a one-of-a-kind senior executive and we are lucky to work with her.”
“Alison has been the best at what she does for many years.”
Guy Henderson, Sony Music Publishing
Guy Henderson, President, International, Sony Music Publishing said: “Alison has been the best at what she does for many years.
“Having steered and contributed to our international territories for much of that time, I am thrilled that Alison will now formally join our international team.
“With new sounds coming from an expanding and increasingly varied music world, Alison’s knowledge and experience will be crucial to all of us.”Music Business Worldwide