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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Michael Huppe

President & Chief Executive Officer, SoundExchange

Michael Huppe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SoundExchange, an organization that provides royalty solutions and advocacy to ensure all music creators are paid what they deserve. Under Huppe’s leadership, SoundExchange has distributed more than $7 billion in digital performance royalties and expanded its operations to serve both the recording and publishing communities. Huppe is recognized as a champion of music creators, ensuring they fully benefit from the streaming economy and are paid fairly regardless of where their music played.

SoundExchange represents the entire recorded music industry with a board of directors comprised of artists, major and independent record labels, artist managers, union heads, and trade associations. The company is the only entity in the U.S. entrusted by the Copyright Royalty Board to track, collect and distribute digital performance royalties for sound recordings. SoundExchange represents more than 192,000 recording artists’ and master rights owners’ accounts, and collects royalties from more than 3,000 digital streaming services, including satellite radio (such as SiriusXM), Internet radio (such as Pandora & iHeart Radio) and cable television music channels (such as MusicChoice).

SoundExchange’s footprint has expanded to include two subsidiaries, SXWorks and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), which provide a range of products and services for the publishing community. Collectively, the SoundExchange companies have delivered technologies that turn massive amounts of data into accurate revenue for creators and include: Music Data Exchange (MDX), International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC) Search, and the Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) LOOKUP.

Huppe began his career as a commercial litigator and joined SoundExchange as its General Counsel in 2007, helping to forge the policies that would move the organization forward through advocacy, efficiency and strong partnerships. He also oversaw rate proceedings that brought increases of over 300% to artists and labels for the use of their music on Internet and satellite radio.

Under Huppe’s leadership as President and CEO, SoundExchange’s royalty collections have increased significantly and now amount to 14% of all recorded music revenue. Huppe helped lead the charge for the passage of the Music Modernization Act, which was passed in 2018 to ensure that all artists are paid fairly when their music is played. During that same year, SoundExchange distributed nearly $1 billion to music creators – a record for the organization.

Huppe is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University teaching a course on Music Law, and has also lectured at Harvard Law, George Washington Law School, and George Mason University. He is a member of the Community Advisory Board of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Keynote Conversation: Michael Huppe & Robert Levine

Michael Huppe, President & CEO of SoundExchange sits down with Robert Levine, Billboard's Industry Editorial Director & noted author. Titled “Industry Failings: Making Sure Artists Get Paid What They Deserve,” the conversation will address implementing changes in the industry geared towards the betterment of artists, providing insight and solution into current systematic elements of the business that need to change, including National Treatment and the AM/FM royalty loophole.