After 10 years of leading licensing collective Re:Sound: Music, its president, Ian MacKay, has announced he will be leaving the organisation at the end of the year.
A staunch advocate for Re:Sound's rights holders over the years, MacKay oversaw the implementation of key strategic initiatives including the creation and launch of Entandem. He also steered a joint venture with SOCAN which simplifies music licensing for businesses, 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.
He also led Re:Sound’s role in the successful implementation of the WPPT treaties and Copyright Board reform.
In 2018, Re:Sound contributed over $50 million in domestic and international income to the music ecosystem, in remuneration to artists (including background musicians and session players) and record labels (both major and indie labels).
MacKay stated that he "is very proud of all that he and the team have accomplished over the last decade” and knows that he is “leaving the organisation in great hands, with the seasoned and passionate senior management team at Re:Sound."
Anthony Ariganello, Chair of the Board of Re:Sound, noted 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.”
The Re:Sound Board of Directors has commenced a search for MacKay's successor; MacKay has agreed to stay on for an interim period to assure a smooth transition in leadership.