The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) is in the midst of realigning its membership group.

As a result, Jeanie Weems, senior VP/creative affairs for ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul division, has exited the performance rights organization, Billboard.biz has learned. Based in Los Angeles, Weems worked with such artists, songwriters and producers as Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, 50 Cent, Usher, Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys.

Further details about other changes are unavailable at this time. ASCAP spokesman Phil Crosland issued this statement: "ASCAP is committed to serving our members and continuing to provide the best service within the industry. As is consistent with our strategy for growth, we are constantly reviewing our business and aligning resources to best position the company to take further advantage of the many new opportunities emerging in the marketplace. Randy Grimmett, recently named SVP of Domestic Membership, is now in the process of realigning ASCAP's Membership Group to optimize the service provided to satisfy the career needs and financial potential of our members."

In related news, Carlin America president/COO Caroline Bienstock has been appointed to ASCAP’s board of directors. Beinstock, who will be serving as a publishing director, will complete the unexpired term of her father, Carlin America chairman/CEO Freddy Bienstock, who served as an ASCAP publisher board member from 1995 until his recently announced board retirement.

New York-based Carlin America represents a broad spectrum of Hollywood, Broadway and Tin Pan Alley standards along with many, many pop, rock, country and R&B hits.

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