Ian MacKay, the President of RE:SOUND since 2009, will be leaving the organization – which collects performance royalties for artists and record labels – at the end of the year.
In 2019, MacKay was instrumental in creating and launching Entandem, a joint venture with SOCAN created to simplify the licensing process so that music users can play all the music they want in their business legally and ethically. Entandem ensures that those who created and fostered the music – songwriters, music publishers, performing artists, and record labels – are fairly compensated in a single payment to one organization.
Over his 10 years at the company, MacKay supervised the implementation of other key strategic initiatives, including the expansion of RE:SOUND’s Board of Directors to be more reflective of RE:SOUND’s diverse stakeholders, and the addition of an Independent Chair. In 2018, RE:SOUND contributed more than $50 million in domestic and international income in remuneration to artists (including background musicians and session players) and record labels (including both major and indie labels).
“I’m very proud of all that I and the team have accomplished at RE:SOUND over the last decade,” said MacKay. “I’m leaving the organization in great hands, with a seasoned and passionate senior management team.” Anthony Ariganello, Chair of the Board of RE:SOUND, said that “The Board is very proud to highlight that MacKay’s tenure at RE:SOUND has been marked by aggressive revenue growth, expansion in revenue sources, and cost reductions through efficiencies, and wishes to thank him for all his hard work over the years.”
RE:SOUND has started searching for MacKay’s successor, while he stays on for an interim period to assure a smooth leadership transition.