By Alysha Conner | The Atlanta Voice
New York-based global digital rights management platform Songtrust, welcomes its first full-time representative in Atlanta as it expands its operation into Georgia.
The platform is best known for its global music royalty collection services, with the company currently representing more than 150,000 songwriters, 20,000 publishers, and managing more than 1,000,000 songs globally.
“The explosive growth in the music industry driven by Atlanta’s hip-hop, rap, and R&B communities helps support Songtrust’s expansion there, but there is an even bigger story to Georgia: great music of all genres is coming from this region that has been notoriously underserved on all publishing fronts,” said Joe Conyers III, Songtrust’s general manager.
He continues, “Beyond the obvious headlines there is a massive production story behind the artists there, one of which is perfectly aligned with Songtrust’s mission.”
Based in New York, Songtrust was created in 2011 by Downtown Music Publishing, on the basis of being a technology-driven music-publishing company.
Georiga State University alumna and newly appointed client acquisition representative for Songtrust Atlanta, Breanna Harper, plays a major role in the companies expansion.
Reporting directly to CJ Olivieri, Songtrust’s Client Acquisition Manager, Harper is responsible for identifying rights owners, songwriters, and producers in need of global publishing administrative services and seamlessly transitioning them onto the Songtrust platform
Harper comes to Songtrust after holding roles with Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records, The Grammy Foundation, and Spotify. The Memphis, Tennessee, native worked under of signed artists such as Ludacris, Big Krit, 21 Savage, and more.
She started her career early while still in college, after seeing a documentary.
“My senior year I saw a documentary about women in music. It had Shanti Das and some other women doing A&R and artist management,” said Harper.
“I had no idea those careers even existed in music. I thought it was just the artists and the producer. Once I found out all those jobs existed, I knew that it was for me.”
After her prior positions, Harper was for an A&R position at Songtrust by a mentor. She went through an extensive interview process, before being hired as a Songtrust Atlanta A&R in September of 2018.
Harper is just one of three new full-time representatives brought on by Songtrust’s desire to expand into Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Nashville. She’s joined by Alex Gershwin, a 10-year music industry veteran, who will be representing Songtrust as a Business Development Representative in Los Angeles and fellow Client Acquisition Representative Carli Gonderinger who be in Nashville.
The company already has a 79 person team spread across its offices in New York City, Long, And Amsterdam. Songtrust’s
Last year, Songtrust made its mark in Atlanta by participating at the A3C Festival & Conference which takes place in the city annually. Britnee Foreman, Songtrust’s Head of Data Strategy, who spoke on “The Future of Data panel,” Olivieri and Harper were also on hand.
For more information about upcoming Songtrust events in Atlanta, visit Songtrust’s Instagram, Twitter, and official website.