SOURCE: ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

April 06, 2010 18:13 ET

ASCAP Adds Industry Veteran LeAnn Phelan

Phelan Will Join Writer/Publisher Relations at Regional Office

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) - LeAnn Phelan, a music industry veteran with a deep background in writer relations and A&R, has been tapped as Senior Creative Director at ASCAP's newly established Nashville Regional Office, serving all genres of music. Phelan will report to Tim DuBois, VP and Managing Executive of operations at ASCAP-Nashville.

"LeAnn has established a reputation as one of the most assertive, successful advocates for writers and artists in the business today," DuBois said. "ASCAP is delighted to bring onboard her insight, talent and passion, as we broaden our service area and simultaneously deepen our relationships with the writers and publishers we serve."

Phelan previously worked with 19 Entertainment as a "Writer Producer/Manager," one of the few such positions in Nashville, where she managed multi-genre songwriters. While at 19 Entertainment, she also worked on the audition team for "American Idol," Seasons 6-9. Prior to joining 19 Entertainment, Phelan was Senior Director of A&R at Sony Nashville. She previously helped open Windswept Nashville in 1996, and later served as VP and partner at Windswept's Combustion Music venture. She began her career as a background vocalist/musician on tour with Steve Winwood's "Roll With It World Tour" in 1988-1989. Phelan has a B.B.A. from Belmont University with an emphasis in music business.

"I am thrilled to step into this creative position with ASCAP, as we make Nashville a comprehensive creative hub for writers and publishers from Nashville and beyond," Phelan said. "There are unlimited possibilities for our members to expand their relationships across genres and across the country and I look forward to facilitating opportunities for talented songwriters and artists."

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 370,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP's licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music.