Spotify Global Head of Publishing Adam Parness Exits Company

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Adam Parness

Spotify global head of publishing Adam Parness is leaving the company, Billboard has confirmed. 

Parness joined Spotify in 2017 after previous roles in publisher relations at Pandora and content acquisition at Amazon. A longtime champion of the publishing realm, he led efforts to add songwriter and producer credits to Spotify's platform earlier this year. Outside the company, he also played an instrumental role in the music industry's support of the Music Modernization Act.

Parness has not announced his next plans. The news of his departure was first published by Music Business Worldwide, reporting his resignation is effective June 3. 

Parness' decision comes amid strained relations between Spotify and the songwriting and publishing community. The streamer (along with Google, Pandora and Amazon) recently appealed against the Copyright Royalty Board's decision to boost U.S. streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by 44 percent, a move that prompted uproar across the industry.

Last month, dozens of songwriters penned an open letter to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek demanding that the streaming firm reconsider, while advocates like the NMPA, Nashville Songwriters Association and Songwriters of North America have also criticized the appeal. 

This story was updated to reflect that Parness’s departure was first reported by Music Business Worldwide. An earlier version of the story was missing that credit and Billboard regrets the omission.