Thursday, November 28, 2013

Toronto – Canadian music industry leader Catharine Saxberg has been appointed Head of International Relations for SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – a role created in response to the substantial growth in royalties found outside of Canada and distributed back to SOCAN’s more than 120,000 members.

Until joining SOCAN in January 2014, Saxberg will continue as the Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), where she has been responsible for all operations of the organization since 2005, including strategic planning, government relations, communications, board relations, administration, policy development, financial and staff management.

“With Catharine Saxberg’s help we will create even more opportunities for SOCAN members beyond Canadian borders,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “She will work with our International team to manage relationships with partner performing rights organizations around the world, particularly the larger ones that provide more than 90 percent of SOCAN members’ international royalties.”

Royalties from international performances of SOCAN-member music increased from $39-million in 2007 to $47-million in 2012, and are expected to achieve more than $50-million in 2013 – the largest amount ever. Total royalties distributed by SOCAN to members in 2012 were nearly $220-million.

“Catharine has been the guiding force in making the Canadian Music Publishers Association one of the strongest music publishing associations in the world,” said Jodie Ferneyhough, president of the CMPA and head of CCS Rights Management. “She has forged bonds with the National Music Publishers’ Association, the International Confederation of Music Publishers, and a majority of the associations and music publishing companies around the world. Her work here at home has put Music Publishers on the map and she has established herself and the publishing community as the voice of reason in Ottawa in the unsettled world of copyright and copyright reform. Although a direct loss to the CMPA, Catharine in her new role at SOCAN will continue to be an advocate for music publishers and all rights holders.”

In addition to being Executive Director of the CMPA, Catharine Saxberg has served asExecutive Director of the Radio Starmaker FundSenior Project Director with Balmur Corus Music; and Director of MarketingCanadian Broadcast Sales. She also has been co-chair of Canadian Music Week; a director with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; and a member of the National Advisory Board of FACTOR.


SOCAN is s a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 120,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.


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