Peermusic has promoted Timothy A. Cohan to Chief Counsel.
The promotion, which is effective immediately, was announced today by Ralph Peer II, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, peermusic and Mary Megan Peer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, peermusic, to whom Cohan reports.
Previously Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, Cohan has led peermusic’s legal and business affairs since 2011.
In this expanded role, Cohan will be responsible for overseeing business and legal affairs, contractual negotiations, litigation matters, and will contribute toward government relations and public policy matters for peermusic’s global companies, spanning 35 offices in 30 countries.
Cohan will also continue to chair the company’s International Licensing Group, negotiating all direct agreements with respect to existing and potential digital partners.
He will be based in the company’s Burbank offices and will continue to work with Kathy Spanberger, President & COO, on various transaction matters in the United States.
“Tim has proven himself to be a leader to the industry-at-large, working to address changes in the marketplace and protect the work of creators.”
Cohan currently serves as a member of the Board of the Mechanical Licensing Collective, the statutory body recently established under the Music Modernization Act to license and administer mechanical rights in the United States.
He previously served as a member of the Board of the AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) and has been a panelist at numerous AIMP events, in addition to speaking engagements at Harvard Law School, Loyola Law School, Stanford University, the Musicians Institute, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, Canadian Music Week, and MIDEM.
Cohan is also a contributor to this year’s International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) MIDEM book.
Cohan joined peermusic in 1997. He received his BA from Williams College and his JD from Columbia Law School is a member of the New York State Bar and the California State Bar.
“We place tremendous priority on protecting the rights of music creators and the value of their copyrights, and in finding ways to expand the global marketplace to create new opportunities for them – Tim’s promotion is a testament of that,” said Ralph Peer.
“His principled executive leadership and global perspective make him the right person to step into this important role as we continue our worldwide expansion.
“Tim has proven himself to be a leader to the industry-at-large, working to address changes in the marketplace and protect the work of creators.
“I look forward to working with Tim at the corporate level where his insight and strategic input will be of considerable value to our company and our songwriters.”
“The rapid change we see in that market today certainly presents opportunities for growth and innovation, but it also demands unprecedented vigilance to ensure that songwriters see their fair share of the value of that growth and innovation.”
Cohan added: “Music creators, as well as the industries that support and rely on them, operate in an increasingly globalized market.
“The rapid change we see in that market today certainly presents opportunities for growth and innovation, but it also demands unprecedented vigilance to ensure that songwriters see their fair share of the value of that growth and innovation.
“I am grateful to Ralph, Mary Megan, and Kathy Spanberger for their confidence in me, and I’m pleased to continue to advance and protect the careers of our songwriters worldwide.”Music Business Worldwide