Songtrust has promoted its co-founder and general manager, Joe Conyers III, to the new position of chief strategy officer, the company announced on Tuesday (March 19). Due to Songtrust’s overwhelming growth in recent years, Conyers — who has been named a Billboard Digital Power Player for the past three years — will be responsible for developing and driving the company’s strategic priorities in the new role.
"When we first started thinking about ways in which we could radically streamline global royalty collection for songwriters at all levels we had the good fortune of meeting Joe Conyers," said Downtown CEO and Songtrust co-founder Justin Kalifowitz. "Convincing Joe to join the music business in 2011 was no easy task, but after considering the inequity in the marketplace and the opportunity to democratize royalty collection, Joe jumped in with both feet focusing on changing the industry at scale. Now, after growing Songtrust’s internal capabilities, Joe has a clear lane to focus on longer-range planning and the company’s broader mission to empower songwriters and music publishers worldwide."
"Launching Songtrust at a time that in many ways felt like the bottom of the industry, it’s been remarkable achieving what many thought then was an impossible task," added Conyers. "Yet nearly a decade in, when Songtrust has become the default partner for many in the creative community, we are still pushing forward, building both technology and relationships to ensure our clients get paid even more accurately, fairly and in a timely fashion. I look forward to the continued leadership of our incredibly fast growing business through the industry's tremendous growth and continue to serve our outstanding clients."