Downtown Music Holdings has named Molly Neuman president of its global royalty management platform Songtrust, Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz and chief strategy officer Joe Conyers III announced Thursday (Oct. 31).
In her new role, Neuman — who joined Songtrust as global head of business development in 2017 — will lead all day-to-day operations for Songtrust, including client relations, product, engineering and society and services relations.
“Molly’s leadership has been an essential element in Songtrust’s tremendous growth over the past two years,” said Kalifowitz — who co-founded Songtrust with Conyers in 2011 — in a statement. “She is genuinely invested in the success of our songwriters and publisher clients, having been both herself, and is driven to help achieve Songtrust’s goals of delivering equity and innovation to the music rights ecosystem.”
“Molly is an innovative, thoughtful, strong leader, and a true advocate for creative rights,” Conyers added. “I have no doubt Molly will continue to push Songtrust to fulfill its promise to democratize and increase transparency within global music royalty collection.”
In Neuman’s time leading Songtrust's global business development, sales and marketing teams, the company has posted triple-digit growth, with more than 2 million songs under its management from 26,000 publishers and 205,000 songwriters across 64 countries.
“I am elated to be the new president of Songtrust, in part because I am deeply, personally connected to Songtrust’s core mission to support creators, songwriters, producers, composers, their representatives and the businesses who work with them in accessing the money they are due,” Neuman said. “I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by Justin and Joe, and remain committed to continuing to grow the Songtrust client base, drive our technological edge, and continuously improve our industry leading processes and global collection capabilities. We have an incredible team in place to make this possible and I am honored to work alongside them.”
Neuman’s three-decade career in the music industry includes stints as head of music at Kickstarter, interim president and vice president of the American Association of Independent Music and senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. Earlier in her career, she was the drummer for the influential riot grrrl band Bratmobile, co-owned the now-defunct Bay Area punk label Lookout! Records and founded Indivision Management, which managed The Donnas and The Locust among others.