Ann Sweeney is BMI’s Senior Vice President of International and Global Policy, responsible for the company’s Government Relations and International efforts, working to protect the rights of BMI’s songwriters, composers and music publishers at all levels of government around the globe. She also leads the company’s efforts to maximize the collection of global royalties on behalf of BMI’s affiliates and oversees the company’s relationships with foreign performing rights societies.
Since joining BMI, Sweeney has led numerous initiatives advocating on behalf of BMI’s more than 800,000 affiliates, including BMI’s support of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA), Congressional hearings on music licensing and supporting dialogue with governmental agencies. She is working to actively engage BMI’s songwriter and composer community in policy efforts, via a new online advocacy tool, as well as a new series of BMI “listening sessions” where BMI creators and executives discuss, in depth, the most challenging policy issues of the day. On the international front, Sweeney has focused her initial efforts on revenue growth and maintaining BMI’s leadership role in the global collection society network.
Sweeney joined BMI from Warner Chappell, where she was most recently Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Policy where she oversaw worldwide digital revenue and policy, global corporate strategy, as well as the company’s legislative and industry matters. Sweeney joined Warner Music in 2007 and held a number of senior-level roles, including the management of the sale of that company by its private equity owners to Access Industries in 2010.
Prior to Warner Chappell, Sweeney was SVP, Legal and Business Affairs for Sony/ATV Music Publishing for seven years, and before that, VP and Senior Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment. Earlier roles included legal positions at Chrysalis Music and SBK Entertainment.
Sweeney previously served on the Board of Directors of The Harry Fox Agency and was a member of the NMPA Finance Committee, Negotiating Committee, and Legal Committee. She earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from New York University Law School.