ASCAP hires Clara Kim as General Counsel and EVP


Clara Kim has been named as the new Executive Vice President and General Counsel at US collection and licensing group ASCAP, effective June 1, 2015.

Kim (pictured) follows Elizabeth Matthews as General Counsel. Matthews was named CEO of ASCAP in January 2015.

Kim will oversee all legal and business affairs of ASCAP, managing its legislative team, internal and outside legal services as well as business affairs in all areas of ASCAP’s global operations.

Beth Matthews commented, “I am thrilled to have someone of Clara’s calibre, business acumen and broad experience joining my senior leadership team to lead our business and legal affairs and legislative teams at ASCAP.

“Her expertise across the global media landscape and her knowledge of complex business transactions in the development, distribution and content areas are a perfect match for ASCAP as we evolve to offer best-in-class new services to our diverse constituents, including members and licensing partners.

“Her proven ability to successfully lead global legal and business affairs teams will be a huge asset to ASCAP as we realize our strategic vision for the future.”

Added Clara Kim: “Working at a mission-driven organization like ASCAP with music at its heart truly aligns with my passions, and I am very excited to become part of Beth’s senior team.

“I have always been an avid music fan, so I am eager for the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to help songwriters, composers and music publishers succeed in maximizing their opportunities in this rapidly evolving media landscape.

“There is no better place than ASCAP to realize my goal of supporting the creative community.”

Prior to joining ASCAP, Ms. Kim served as EVP, Business and Legal Affairs for National Geographic Channels US and International, where she was responsible for their domestic and international businesses.

Prior to that, she spent two years as General Counsel and co-founder of Multi-Verse Media, LLC, which produced original television and digital programming content.

She is relocating from Washington, D.C. to New York City for her new position at ASCAP.Music Business Worldwide

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