US performance rights organization SoundExchange has promoted Tim Dadson to General Counsel.
In this role, Dadson will oversee the comprehensive legal functions of the organization, including regulatory issues, enforcement programs, rate proceedings, corporate governance, compliance, and beyond.
Dadson will also serve as the chief legal advisor to SoundExchange and will form part of the executive team reporting to Michael Huppe, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Dadson has been serving as Deputy General Counsel at SoundExchange since 2017 and first joined the organization as Assistant General Counsel in 2012.
Over the past 10 years, according to SoundExchange, he has been instrumental in building the organization’s legal practice and processes and has led key strategic initiatives, including the formation of Music Speaks, the company’s political action committee, and the SoundExchange Mediation program designed to assist artists in resolving royalty disputes, among others.
Dadson has more than 20 years of legal experience, including posts at the Washington Football Team, Sidley Austin LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Additionally, Brieanne Jackson has been promoted to Deputy General Counsel from Assistant General Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement.
Jackson has nearly 15 years of legal experience, including 10 years at SoundExchange leading licensing and enforcement efforts.
She began her career as a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and also served as Assistant Attorney General (Trial Division) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and she currently serves as co-chair of the SoundExchange Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
SoundExchange has also announced today that Colin Rushing, Chief Legal Officer, has decided to step down at the end of 2021 after almost 14 years at the company.
During his 14-year tenure at SoundExchange, Rushing led rate setting efforts before the Copyright Royalty Board and worked on legislation including the CLASSICS Act and AMP Act as well as ongoing work to secure a performance right for broadcast radio.
He also spearheaded litigation on behalf of SoundExchange payees; and oversaw the development of several programs, including enforcement programs that “generate millions of dollars a year in additional revenue for creators” and the first license management program at SoundExchange.
Rushing first joined SoundExchange in 2008 as Senior Counsel, and was subsequently promoted to General Counsel in 2011, Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2014, and his current role of Chief Legal Officer in 2020.
“It is an exciting time at SoundExchange as we innovate technology solutions, grow our suite of fintech services, and expand our data capabilities to empower creators everywhere.”
“It is an exciting time at SoundExchange as we innovate technology solutions, grow our suite of fintech services, and expand our data capabilities to empower creators everywhere,” said Michael Huppe.
“Tim is an exceptional leader with more than two decades of experience that will help support our transformation by leading the legal team at this critical juncture. I look forward to working more closely with him as we continue to improve how the industry enables the creative community.”
Huppe added: “Colin has been an invaluable member of the SoundExchange team over the past 14 years. We thank him for his countless contributions to our organization and the important role he has played in striving for fairness for creators everywhere. We are excited for Colin and wish him the best in his next chapter.”
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve music creators in my time at SoundExchange.”
Rushing said: “It has been a tremendous honor to serve music creators in my time at SoundExchange.
“I am proud of what our team has accomplished, and I am especially proud to be leaving the department and the entire company in excellent hands.
“I’m looking forward to my next chapter, and plan to keep pursuing my passion: helping music creators thrive in a constantly changing landscape.”
“I am thrilled to continue my journey at SoundExchange during this exciting period of transformation at the organization.”
Dadson said: “I am thrilled to continue my journey at SoundExchange during this exciting period of transformation at the organization.
“The importance of music in our lives is clearer today than ever before, and I am looking forward to building a tech-first future of music that empowers creators and values the incredible contributions they make to the world.”Music Business Worldwide