Music rights licensing organization The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) announced today that its President & CEO, Gary Churgin, has accepted a contract extension to continue to lead the organization through 2011. HFA’s governing Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend Churgin’s contract, confirming the work of he and his team in transforming HFA into a key player in the digital music marketplace. During this tenure, HFA transformed its technology systems and business processes, adding new online applications for publishers and licensees through a new registered user area of www.harryfox.com, including the licensing platform eMechanical®, the catalog maintenance tool eSong®, and a completely revamped version of Songfile®, the popular online licensing store aimed at the smaller-quantity licensee.
Churgin was appointed President and CEO in January 2001. Since then, HFA has expanded its offerings, adding licensing for online subscription services, lyrics, ringtones, digital background music, Express Live, and more to its traditional mechanical licensing business. Churgin is also active representing HFA and its affiliate publishers globally, serving on the Management Committee for BIEM, the international organization representing mechanical rights societies. HFA currently has reciprocal agreements with over 30 rights societies that collectively represent over 100 territories around the world. “I’m thrilled to be able to continue to lead HFA during one of the most major evolutions of the music industry in the modern era,” Churgin said.