Toronto, ON – Today, the Board of Directors of CONNECT Music Licensing (CONNECT) announced that Sundeep Chauhan has been named President of CONNECT, effective this week. Based in Toronto, Chauhan will serve as the chief advocate for CONNECT’s members and work to maximize revenue generated from royalties and tariffs.
Chauhan joins CONNECT from the Motion Picture Association (MPA), where he worked for 11 years in a variety of senior roles, including his most recent position as Vice-President and Senior Counsel, Global Content Protection. Prior to MPA, Chauhan was external legal counsel to CONNECT and Vice-President and General Counsel for Re:Sound, among other positions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sundeep to the CONNECT team and are confident he will propel the organization’s collaboration with music makers, users, and industry partners, while growing our member base and ensuring all members have access to the information and resources they need to optimize royalties,” said CONNECT Chair of the Board, Steve Teixeira.
“With his background representing the creative industries and expertise in intellectual property, as CONNECT’s first stand-alone President, Sundeep will be a passionate advocate for the major record companies and independent labels. He will be a tremendous asset to CONNECT as we continue to grow our membership and build deeper relationships with rights holders,” added CONNECT Board Member, Jake Gold.
Chauhan takes over for Jackie Dean, who served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer since 2002, and was named President in 2021.
“It’s been my honour to work with the CONNECT team and our partners for more than 20 years. I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the value we’ve created for our members. I would like to thank the CONNECT Board for their support. As I embark on a new journey, I know CONNECT is in good hands with Sundeep and look forward to seeing the organization reach new heights,” said Dean.
“I’d like to thank Jackie for her excellent stewardship of CONNECT, and for her expert guidance as I’ve transitioned into this role,” said Chauhan. “I’m excited to partner with rights holders and industry members in the days ahead and discuss how CONNECT can continue to evolve our partnerships and maximize our value to all stakeholders.”
About CONNECT Music Licensing:
CONNECT Music Licensing (CONNECT) represents the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers who own or control the copyright in the vast majority of sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. CONNECT acts as a non-exclusive agent to administer licenses to third parties in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of its members.
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