WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced the hire of Julia Massimino as vice president of Global Public Policy. In this newly created role, she will lead the organization's public policy and government affairs, supervise legislative matters, and guide overall public policy and strategy.
Julia has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, where she most recently spent more than 12 years working for Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), a strong music industry supporter and the former chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. In her role as chief of staff and counsel, Julia oversaw Rep. Berman's legislative agenda and provided strategic advice on a variety of issues. She has a wide-range of experience on public policy issues, including copyright law, administrative law, antitrust and communications issues.
"I'm extremely pleased to have Julia Massimino join us as our first-ever vice president of Global Public Policy. Julia has a very accomplished record, combining both an ability to master the substance of difficult issues and the skillset to work with diverse constituencies to reach a common goal," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. "Her experience will undoubtedly amplify SoundExchange's presence on Capitol Hill on behalf of the recording artists and record labels we serve."
"I am thrilled to be joining SoundExchange, an organization that shares my strong belief that artists and rights holders should be properly compensated for the use of their work," said Julia. "I look forward to seizing opportunities to uphold the rights of the creative community while working with U.S. policy makers to promote the long-term value of music, digital performance rights and global copyright policy."
Previously, Julia also served as majority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee – where she worked on a number of key legislative initiatives. She also previously served as counsel for former Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) on matters before the Judiciary Committee.
Julia holds a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.
SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,000 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $1.5 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.