Ann Sweeney Named SVP, Global Policy For BMI

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Ann Sweeney

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announced today (Feb. 18) that Ann Sweeney has been named Senior Vice President of Global Policy, effective immediately. She reports to Mike O’Neill, President and CEO, BMI, and is based in BMI’s New York office.

Sweeney will assume the International portion of her role in July, taking over for Ron Solleveld, BMI’s current SVP, International, who announced recently that he will retire from BMI in September after nearly 13 years with the company.  Solleveld will work closely with Sweeney to help with the transition.

In this newly created position, Sweeney will be responsible for the company’s Government Relations and International efforts, working to protect the rights of BMI’s songwriters, composers and music publishers at all levels of government around the globe. She will also lead the company’s efforts to maximize the collection of global royalties on behalf of BMI’s songwriters and composers and oversee the company’s relationships with foreign performing rights societies.

“Ann is a respected leader with a deep knowledge of the global music publishing industry,” said O’Neill. “Throughout her career she has continued to innovate, embracing new technologies and platforms and ensuring that the words and music that power those platforms receive the fair value they deserve. She will be a tremendous advocate for BMI and the hundreds of thousands of songwriters, composers and publishers we represent around the world.”

Added O’Neill, “I’d like to thank Ron for his exceptional service. His contributions to BMI throughout his tenure have been extensive and cannot be overstated.”

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