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IAFAR USA Board

Naomi Asher

President
VP international NR, Sony/ATV
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Naomi moved to the UK in 1999 after completing her BA in…
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Naomi Asher

President
VP international NR, Sony/ATV

Bio

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Naomi moved to the UK in 1999 after completing her BA in Art History and Theatre. After receiving an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from Exeter University in 2000, Naomi worked in the West End for several years at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Shaftesbury Theatre and finally the Victoria Palace Theatre, before joining forces with Randall and Sharon Wixen, to open Wixen Music UK LTD of which, in addition to being co-founder, she was Director and President from 2010 to January She is now Vice President of Neighbouring Rights at Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Naomi is a co-author on the UK edition of The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing. She has also released her fictional book, Shakespeare’s Ripper and self-published her book, By Page. Naomi also has a postgraduate degree with Merit from Kings College in EU, UK and US copyright law, and continues to dabble in theatre on occasion, with her play Madman William continuing to be produced all over the world.

Josh Graubart

Vice Chair and Treasurer
Owner, Graubart Law
Joshua Graubart is a copyright and entertainment attorney based in New York City.  Josh regularly represents filmmakers,…
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Josh Graubart

Vice Chair and Treasurer
Owner, Graubart Law

Bio

Joshua Graubart is a copyright and entertainment attorney based in New York City.  Josh regularly represents filmmakers, performers, recording artists, composers and songwriters (and their heirs), music publishers, and record labels in resolving copyright infringement and royalty disputes, and in protecting, exploiting, and licensing their copyrights and neighboring rights in order to maximize royalty and other income, and to protect their reputations and the reputations of their works in the United States and around the world.

Josh has successfully represented three classes of American and foreign songwriters, music publishers, record companies, and recording artists in federal court in the United States, achieving settlements totaling almost US$10 million.  He is a recent past chair of the Information Technology and Cyberlaw Committee at the New York City Bar Association, and is currently co-chair of special events for the New York chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, and is also a long time member of the US section of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI).

Josh holds an LL.M. (with merit) in international intellectual property law from the University of London, and received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was Chief Executive Editor of the Duke Law and Technology Review.  He also holds degrees in history from and Dartmouth College and Duke University.  Josh is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and California.  He is conversant in Japanese.

Abby North

Co-Secretary
North Music
Abby North is principal of North Music Group LLC and a founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC.…
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Abby North

Co-Secretary
North Music

Bio

Abby North is principal of North Music Group LLC and a founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC.

Abby has experience in all areas of music rights administration, from creative to administrative. She has vast experience in works registration, a strong knowledge of music data and databases, and a background developing royalty processing and rights administration software tools.

Abby is involved in several tech-forward, cutting-edge working groups and initiatives in the music licensing and metadata areas. She consults and advises companies in the financial sector and music industries regarding these issues. Abby is a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIMP, and a member of the ISNI Music Consultation Group, CISAC’s CWR Working Group, NMPA’s Team 100, the Television Academy, and SONA’s Steering Committee.

Reggie Calloway

Writer/Producer/Artist Director Music Royalty Funding, Sound Royalties
The five-time Grammy-nominated Reggie Calloway has always displayed a unique ear for music and trends. It is…
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Reggie Calloway

Writer/Producer/Artist Director Music Royalty Funding, Sound Royalties

Bio

The five-time Grammy-nominated Reggie Calloway has always displayed a unique ear for music and trends. It is no surprise that the music pioneer received a Grammy nomination for R&B Songwriter of the Year for the hit song "Casanova" in 1987.

Best known as the founder and leader of one of the most popular Techno-funk bands, "Midnight Star", Calloway led the group to international success writing, producing and arranging a string of top mega #1 hits which include, " Operator", "No Parking On The Dance Floor" and "Freak-a-zoid". Not to forget the #2 Pop anthem, "I Wanna Be Rich", performed with brother, Vincent, as the duo Calloway. This song is still being used today as a motivational tool for corporations, businesses and by financial wizards like Suze Orman’s Money Class.

One of Calloway's original compositions entitled, "I'll Be Good For You", was featured on N'Sync's 10X’s-platinum CD, "No Strings Attached" (most selling Album of last decade), proving his ability to break age barriers by working with current artists and legends. He has penned songs for the chart topping group, Levert, ("Casanova"), the sultry Teddy Pendergrass ("Joy"), the Grammy winning Gladys Knight, ("Love Overboard") and "Jump Start My Heart" for Natalie Cole.

His songs have been featured in films including "Deep Cover", "Wood", "How To Be A Player" and "The Pickup Artist". Some of Calloway's television credits: “American Idol”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, "The Simpson's", "Ellen Degeneress", "Soul Food", "Beverly Hills 90210" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Now enjoy his latest solo releases, ”Bring Back The Love” and “Throw Your Hands Up” (And Praise Him) on Spiral Galaxy Entertainment distributed Universal Music Group/Bungalo.

For representation contact: David Lombard Management 213-448-6402

Debra Stella

Co-Secretary
Better Noise Music
Debra Stella began her career at ASCAP in NYC, an initiation to the industry that prepared her…
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Debra Stella

Co-Secretary
Better Noise Music

Bio

Debra Stella began her career at ASCAP in NYC, an initiation to the industry that prepared her for a career in copyright, licensing, and business affairs. With a law degree from CUNY Law School and stops at NBC, BMG, J Records, Sanctuary, and SonyBMG, Debra headed to the West Coast to embrace opportunities at RoyaltyShare, Paramount, and currently Better Noise Music as SVP, BA, Licensing & Royalties, with a recent relocation to Nashville.

Lee-Anne Wielonda

Neighbouring Rights Manager CCS Rights Management
For over twenty years, Lee-Anne has been putting her love for music and dedication to performers’ rights…
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Lee-Anne Wielonda

Neighbouring Rights Manager CCS Rights Management

Bio

For over twenty years, Lee-Anne has been putting her love for music and dedication to performers’ rights to work. She is instrumental in the administrative procedures that put rights in place in Canada to compensate recording artists for work done on sound recordings in international territories.

Dennis Dreith

CEO Transparence Entertainment Group
Dennis Dreith is the Co-founder and Chairman of Transparence Entertainment Group (TEG), a music rights organization that…
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Dennis Dreith

CEO Transparence Entertainment Group

Bio

Dennis Dreith is the Co-founder and Chairman of Transparence Entertainment Group (TEG), a music rights organization that collects and distributes worldwide digital performance, audio-visual, private copy, and exclusive license royalties on behalf of recording artists, master right holders, producers, publishers, and DIY music creators. Prioritizing high-touch personal service, TEG provides transparent, accurate and expedited evaluation of earnings, identifies unclaimed royalties, streamlines registration & claiming processes, and eliminate superfluous fees by acquiring royalties directly from the source.

Prior to forming TEG, Dennis was the Executive Director for the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, overseeing its growth from its inception in 1999 with a mere $187,000 in assets to over $100M today, as well as concurrently serving as the Administrator of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund. Dennis also served as the International President of the Recording Musicians Association for 15 years and he addressed the House Sub-committee on Intellectual Properties in support of Digital Performers Rights legislation in Washington, D.C. that was signed into law in 1995. Dennis’ early career included touring and recording as a musician and arranger for The Beach Boys, The Osmond’s, Leon Russell, Barbara Streisand; producing artists that include the O’Jays and The Tokens; composing music for Scooby Doo, The Punisher, Columbo, The Flash, and The Shadow; and orchestrating and conducting for award winning composers Lalo Schifrin, Marc Shaiman, John Williams and James Horner.

Neeta Ragoowansi

SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs at NPREX
Neeta Ragoowansi has been an entertainment attorney and music business professional for over 25 years and is Co-Founder/Senior…
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Neeta Ragoowansi

SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs at NPREX

Bio

Neeta Ragoowansi has been an entertainment attorney and music business professional for over 25 years and is Co-Founder/Senior Vice-President, Business Development & Legal Affairs for NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange) - the first-ever online platform for direct licensing of performance, mechanical, sync, and neighboring rights between music copyright owners and music users (e.g. radio/TV broadcasters, streaming services, venues, etc.). Formerly, Neeta was the founding head of artist-label relations/legal counsel for SoundExchange, where she served for eight years helping to build the organization in its early stages.  She was also VP of Biz Dev/Legal for Tunesat, Asst. General Counsel for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Symphony Orchestra, and a former board governor of The Recording Academy.

Neeta is also currently President of Music Managers Forum – US (MMF-US), a Global Co-Chair & Board Officer of Women in Music, and Diversity & Inclusion Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries. She is also strategic advisor, business development resource, and legal counsel to entertainment and tech industry clients, and serves on the advisory boards of IMMF (International Music Managers Forum), Midem, SIM São Paulo, All About Music, and SXSW conference. Neeta has served as a panelist/speaker at over 300 music industry conferences re: legal, advocacy, and copyright topics, as well as women’s leadership and empowerment. She received her B.A. from Emory University, Atlanta, GA and her J.D. from American University, Washington, DC, as well as attended Georgetown University as part of their LL.M. International Law program and University College, Oxford, UK.

Josh Norek

President Regalias Digitales LLC
Josh Arón Norek is the president of Regalías Digitales LLC, a firm that helps hundreds of artists,…
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Josh Norek

President Regalias Digitales LLC

Bio

Josh Arón Norek is the president of Regalías Digitales LLC, a firm that helps hundreds of artists, record labels, songwriters and music publishers to collect their royalties worldwide and to license their songs for film & television. Among the firm’s clients are Daddy Yankee, Los Tigres del Norte, Primus, Flatbush Zombies and the estate of Astor Piazzolla.  Norek is a co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), and served as VP of Nacional Records for ten years. Norek also co-hosts the nationally syndicated public radio show ‘The Latin Alternative’ and serves on the board of voter rights organization Voto Latino. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Southwestern Law School.