SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization, has announced the appointment of three new members, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Ray Hair and Paul Robinson to its Board of Directors.
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland serves as the chief administrative officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Ray Hair is the international president of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Paul Robinson is the executive vice president and general counsel for Warner Music Group
The three will fill the positions previously held by Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, national executive director, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); Patricia Polach, of counsel, Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C.; and Tucker McCrady, former vice president, Litigation, Warner Music Group, respectively.
The SoundExchange Board of Directors is comprised of 18 individuals, split evenly between artists and label representatives, serving virtually all aspects of the recorded music industry.
SoundExchange collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and master rights owners. SoundExchange has paid out more than $1 billion in royalties since its inception.
"I am pleased to welcome these three new members to the SoundExchange Board of Directors, and would like to also thank the outgoing board members for their dedication to growing the digital music landscape," said Michael Huppe, president, SoundExchange, in a statement. "We look forward to working with these new board members on moving the music industry forward. I know they will bring energy as well as new perspectives to the unique challenges that SoundExchange faces every day."