ASCAP names Elizabeth Matthews as new CEO as Successor to John LoFrumento
Elizabeth Matthews has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization, which represents more than 520,000 music creators. Matthews, who has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013, was a unanimous choice among the Board's 12 writer and 12 publisher members. Matthews replaces former ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, who retired on December 31st after 33 years of service to ASCAP, including 17 years a s CEO. Matthews begins her tenure at the helm of ASCAP immediately.
"Now, more than ever, songwriters and composers need an advocate we can trust to ensure our work is valued fairly in a rapidly changing music marketplace," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, an award-winning songwriter. "What we do is vital to the future of music. Beth's experience in the global multimedia content sector, her deep understanding of the complexities of the music business and her passion for protecting the rights of music creators make her singularly qualified for the CEO role. Her enthusiasm for taking on the new challenges of the digital era is unparalleled."
"Since joining ASCAP's executive team, Beth Matthews has been a tireless advocate for our members and a catalyst for the entire organization," said John LoFrumento, who has served as ASCAP's CEO since 1997. "Working alongside Beth these past two years, there is no doubt in my mind that she has both the know-how and vision to lead ASCAP in a dynamic music landscape."
As ASCAP's Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Matthews played an important role in planning the organization's future. She led development of a six-year transformative strategic plan that anticipates the future competitive landscape and changing needs of ASCAP members and customers. Matthews was a key internal leader on modernizing ASCAP's licensing systems and pushing for reform of ASCAP's consent decree. She also spearheaded the organization's support for introducing the Songwriter Equity Act in Congress.
Prior to ASCAP, Matthews served as Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Viacom Media Networks (formerly MTV Networks) since 1998. There she guided her Business and Legal Affairs teams through the early days of the shift to digital. Previously, Matthews worked in the Intellectual Property and Corporate Groups for Chadbourne & Parke and the Business Technology Group for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
"ASCAP is an expansive, forward-looking and adaptive service organization that successfully built and grew the market for performance rights for songwriters and publishers in the United States," said Matthews. "As CEO, I am excited about building on our unique assets to offer new, innovative services to our members and licensing partners. As new media platforms transform how we listen to music, it is critical that we evolve our own business models and update outdated music licensing laws to better reflect the reality of today's music marketplace. I am honored to work on behalf of the world's greatest music creators who call ASCAP home."