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Published: 9/6/2011

SESAC Promotes J.D. Connell to Vice President and Counsel, New Media Licensing

SESAC, the nation's most progressive performing rights organization, has announced the promotion of J.D. Connell to Vice President and Counsel, New Media Licensing.  Formerly Director, New Media,  Connell will be responsible for negotiating and executing license agreements, with special focus in the area of new media.  Connell will also work with SESAC’s senior management in creating and implementing licensing strategies. 

“J.D. has proven himself to be an effective and forward-thinking executive, particularly in the digital licensing space,” said Bill Lee,  SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Licensing Operations.  “He has been an integral part of SESAC’s success in the evolving realm of digital music licensing and I am excited for him to play an even bigger role in SESAC’s continuing growth.”
Connell received a Bachelor of Science degree from Union University before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi School of Law where he co-founded the Mississippi College Sports and Entertainment Law Section.  Connell joined SESAC in 2005 where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting musical composition public performance licenses with a variety of music users

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC is also rapidly becoming the performing rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.