SOCAN strengthens international team by appointing Steven Ambers

May 24, 2017

SOCAN has once again strengthened its international team with the appointment of Steven Ambers as Director, International Business Development & Compliance.

Reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jeff King, Ambers will work out of SOCAN's Los Angeles division, conducting royalty reviews of international music rights organizations; fostering U.S. publisher and key influencer relationships; and supporting strategic investment opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions.

Catharine Saxberg, Vice-President, International Relations will work with Ambers in the ongoing execution of SOCAN's strategic objectives internationally, an area of SOCAN which, under Saxberg's guidance for the past three years, has grown substantially. In 2016, royalties identified, collected and distributed from non-Canadian sources exceeded $67-million, a 30 per cent increase since 2013.

"I was drawn to work with SOCAN largely because of the organization's progressive thinking and rapidly growing international leadership," Ambers said. "Unlike other North American performing rights organizations, SOCAN is able to expand into other areas, unencumbered by U.S. consent decrees and other roadblocks to success."

"Steven Ambers’ presence on the SOCAN team positions us to take even larger steps forward," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "The high regard that he carries in the U.S. and internationally is due to his truly spectacular career working for the rights of intellectual property holders, including some of the greatest artists in the world. I’m certain that he’ll make a major positive difference to SOCAN as we work to lead the global transformation of music rights."

Ambers' career in music licensing and royalty compliance spans more than 20 years, working worldwide for licensors of intellectual property, films, franchises and music recordings. Most recently, he was Managing Director, Royalties, at GSO Business Management, and before that owner of the Royalty Review Council, which he co-founded. Ambers was also with the accounting firms Moss Adams and the PWC-owned Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman. He holds a BSc from the University of Southern California, and became a CPA in 1996.

Steven Ambers joins SOCAN officially on June 1, 2017.