SoundExchange has appointed Helaine S. Klasky as Chief Communications Officer.
Klasky (pictured main) will report to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.
As chief communications officer, Klasky will oversee the company’s global communications, industry relations, and public policy teams that serve the company’s community of 178,000 artists, rights-holders. and publishers.
The US company collects digital performance royalties on behalf of recorded music rights-holders.
Klasky was previously the chair of Burson-Marsteller’s US public affairs and crisis practice, the chief communications officer at GE Energy Management, and the chief communications officer at Yale University.
In government, Klasky has served as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the US department of the Treasury, as deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs, and ran the the office of media affairs at the US department of State.
She began her career on Capitol Hill working for Senators Edward Kennedy and Dennis DeConcini.
“As SoundExchange enters a new stage of growth across the music and publishing industries, Helaine is the perfect fit to help take the company to the next level.”
Michael Huppe, SoundExchange
“As SoundExchange enters a new stage of growth across the music and publishing industries, Helaine is the perfect fit to help take the company to the next level,” said Huppe.
“Her broad range of skills and experience at the highest levels of corporate and government arenas will enable SoundExchange to be an even more effective advocate for creators, publishers and the music industry as a whole.”
Klasky added: “I look forward to working with colleagues at SoundExchange and throughout the industry as we work together to further simplify the industry and enable creators to do what they do best: transform us with their music and creativity.
“As a company that has helped make music accessible to so many, SoundExchange is poised to help further transform the industry.”
Helaine S. Klasky
“As a company that has helped make music accessible to so many, SoundExchange is poised to help further transform the industry. I’m thrilled to be joining that mission.”
SoundExchange paid out $399m to artists and labels in the first half of 2018, up 17.4% year-on-year.
In September 2018 SoundExchange promoted Richard Conlon to the role of Chief Corporate Development Officer from his position as Chief External Affairs Officer.Music Business Worldwide