The National Music Publishers’ Assn. has named Jacqueline Charlesworth as its new general counsel/senior VP. The appointment was made today (Jan. 23) follows a reorganization of the legal departments of the NMPA and its subsidiary, the Harry Fox Agency, where Charlesworth served in the same capacity.
“Jacqueline will bring to the NMPA her understanding of how day-to-day business and licensing concerns impact music publishers, legal and political strategies,” says NMPA president/CEO David Israelite. “She joins us at a critical time for the publishing industry’s future as we look to establish rates for digital music services.”
Charlesworth will remain in New York in her role for the Washington, D.C.-based NMPA, reporting to Israelite.
The move comes at a time when many online music subscription services are negotiating or re-negotiating their deals for subscription services with HFA. Michael Simon, HFA senior VP of licensing and chief of strategic development and marketing, will step into the expanded HFA role, adding Carlesworth’s former responsibilities to his current ones.
The HFA legal, business development, communications and licensing departments will report to Simon, who now holds the title of senior VP business affairs general counsel/chief strategic officer. Simon will report to HFA president/CEO Gary Churgin in New York.
“This arrangement takes advantage of the natural synergy between the NMPA and HFA, and allows us to make full use of Jacqueline and Michael’s talents,” said Churgin. “While I will miss having Jacqueline directly at HFA, this is a logical progression of her role, and I know we will continue to work together closely. HFA’s Licensing and Business Development departments have always worked very closely with legal, so this is a natural extension of Michael’s responsibilities and capabilities.”
Prior to assuming her position with HFA in late 2001, Charlesworth was an associate in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she represented both the NMPA and HFA with respect to various litigation and licensing matters. Her work included rulemaking proceedings before the Copyright Office and the 2001 agreement with the RIAA that allowed for the launch of online music subscription services.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Charlesworth clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before entering private practice.
Before joining HFA in 2001, Simon was the executive VP of business affairs/general counsel for Razorfish. He also has experience as an artist manager, representing such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts. Prior to that, he was senior director of legal affairs at Polygram Records. Simon is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Amherst College.