Songtrust makes raft of new executive hires and promotions

Virginie Berger

Virginie Berger has been named SVP, Global Publishing & Society Relations, at global publishing administration service Songtrust.

John Levy has also joined Songtrust as SVP, Technology, while Darren Briggs has been promoted to the role of EVP, Rights Administration, Product, & Technology.

Briggs was formerly Songtrust’s Global Head of Technology, a role he has held since 2020.

Previously CEO of European rights hub Armonia and founder of digital rights advisory firm DBTH,  Berger brings more than two decades of rights management expertise and society relationships to Songtrust, says the company.

Levy, meanwhile, moves from a decade-plus role as a consultant into an in-house role at Songtrust.

The company says that unifying the Rights Management, Product, and Technology teams under a single leader “strengthens Songtrust’s speed and efficiency in registrations and royalty collections, responsiveness and adaptability to the dynamic global music market”.

SVP of Revenue and Client Strategy Rob Wetstone, and VP of Creative and Partnerships Anna Bond, make up Songtrust’s executive leadership team, alongside Briggs and Neuman.

Songtrust relaunched its brand system and visual identity in October, working with branding firm Order on a new look, design system, and messaging protocol.

Berger, Levy and Briggs also join a leadership team that was bolstered in 2021 with a number of key promotions.

Lisa Robinson was named Vice President of Income Tracking, while Anna Bond was appointed Head of Creative and Partnerships, while Rob Wetstone was promoted to Global Head of Client Relations.

Alongside the promotions, Songtrust also revealed at the time that it now counts clients from more than 145 countries, and includes labels such as Stones Throw and the Ghana-based distribution platform Highvibes.

“I look forward to building on this circle of success.”

Virginie Berger

Virginie Berger, said: “Songtrust has already been successful in developing their relationship with rights holders and societies everywhere in the world and it has created a market-leading platform.

“I look forward to building on this circle of success so that we can enable all musical cultures to thrive in the global marketplace. Part of my mission will be to expand internationally while ensuring a fair deal for everyone involved through simplicity and efficiency.”

“It is an understatement to say that music is very much a part of my daily existence.”

John Levy

Levy, added: “It is an understatement to say that music is very much a part of my daily existence.

“I’m proud to be able to play a part in helping artists and writers sustain themselves.

“I love Songtrust’s role in making this process work for creators.”

“The addition of Virginie and John to our team mark a significant milestone in the Songtrust story.”

Molly Neuman, Songtrust

Molly Neuman, Songtrust President, added: “The addition of Virginie and John to our team mark a significant milestone in the Songtrust story.

“They each have incredible track records in building resources and opportunities for music creators and complex technology solutions in their fields, and they will be crucial as we empower more and more songwriters and publishing rights holders around the world.”Music Business Worldwide

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