Rich Bengloff heads up the American Assn. of Independent Music (AI2M), and his presence gives the organization a seat at the table for most industry discussions, including one for the SoundExchange board of directors. In the past year, A2IM was effective in tapping into governmental grant funds to help facilitate indie-label exporting.
BMI is one of the two leading performance rights organizations in the United States, with annual revenue around the $900 million mark. President/CEO Del Bryant, who joined the organization in 1972, has led BMI since 2004.
Jim Donio has transformed the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers from a brick-and-mortar trade association to a business trade group. Whether discussing CDs or digital formats, NARM helps buyers and sellers of music discuss and resolve issues that help create efficiencies in the music distribution pipeline and thus reduce costs.
SoundExchange president Michael Huppe is responsible for all regulatory, legal and political strategy for the organization that distributed $462 million in digital performance royalties for sound recordings in 2012. He represented labels when he testified before a House subcommittee on webcasting royalties in November.
ASCAP, which had revenue approaching the $1 billion mark in its most recent fiscal year, is engaged in rate litigation with Pandora, which is trying to rewrite the industry’s royalty rate structure. John A. LoFrumento, who joined the organization in 1981, has led the company as CEO since 1997.
CEO since 2010, Steve Moore leads the Country Music Assn. in its efforts to raise awareness and support the growth of country music. In his 30-plus years of concert promotion and production, Moore has booked and built relationships with some of the biggest names in country.
Decades of talent buying with his family business, Romeo Entertainment Group, has given Academy of Country Music’s Bob Romeo a currency within the industry. As CEO, he continues to promote the ACM’s mission to support the country music industry and its charitable foundation, Lifting Lives.
RIAA chairman/CEO Cary Sherman has held his titles at the $7 billion U.S. record industry’s trade association since 2011. He was instrumental in negotiating the Copyright Alert System that Internet service providers will launch this year to reduce illegal downloading.
Michael Simon, who was recently named president/CEO, has led the charge in changing the Harry Fox Agency from an organization that mainly issued mechanical licenses for publishers and labels into a company that helps facilitate the licensing for digital music service providers. HFA, which is owned by the National Music Publishers’ Assn., provides most of the funding to the NMPA.
The powerful National Assn. of Broadcasters represents the country’s free, local radio and TV stations as well as broadcast networks. President Gordon Smith is sure to support legislation for lower webcasting royalties if introduced again this year—the NAB supported the Internet Radio Fairness Act in 2012.