Advisors: Lauren Iossa
Lauren Iossa is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at ASCAP, the
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a membership association of over 580,000
songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music and the global leader in public
performance rights licensing, monitoring, distributions, advocacy and service for music creators.
Iossa is responsible for the organization’s strategic communications and brand development and is the
architect of several of ASCAP’s most successful initiatives, including the annual ASCAP “I Create Music”
EXPO; the Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers; an extensive member benefits program; and
awareness campaigns to promote ASCAP’s policy and legislative initiatives and mobilize the music
community in support of music creator rights, including efforts to modernize the ASCAP consent decree.
In 2014, she ran a successful yearlong brand campaign in celebration of ASCAP’s 100 th anniversary, which
included a film, interactive website, events throughout the country, advertising and featured media. She
oversees global public relations and public affairs, internal and external communications, social media,
advertising, brand partnerships, sponsorships, event and corporate marketing.
Prior to her current position, Iossa held a wide variety of leadership positions within ASCAP in Marketing,
Communications, Membership, Public Affairs and Public Relations. Before coming to ASCAP in 1984, Iossa
held executive positions in several music-based arts organizations, including as Program Director of Meet
the Composer (now New Music America), and Executive Director of Outward Visions, Inc.
She is the author of two music publications: "Commissioning Music" and "Composers in the Marketplace."
As a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, she twice co-chaired the Grammy
Career Day program in New York, and is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music. In 2012,
Billboard Magazine honored her as an influential woman in the music business. She was a member of the
Advisory Committee for the CISAC World Copyright Summit in 2013 and she also served as an executive
partner in the PENCIL program to aid New York City public schools, where she was honored for the
success of her work with East Fordham Academy for the Arts in the Bronx. She currently serves as Vice
President of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of CISV, an international organization whose
mission is to educate and inspire action for peace and social justice throughout the world.
Lauren graduated from Williams College, with a major in Philosophy and a music minor in Keyboard
Harmony. Her underlying passion for music motivates her daily work for ASCAP and its members.
ASCAP is the announced record-breaking revenues of more than $1 billion for the second year in a row in
calendar year 2015 as well as historic high royalty distributions for U.S. performances to its songwriter,
composer and music publisher members. The number of musical performances captured, identified,
matched and processed for payment by ASCAP exceeded 570 billion in 2015. Unlike its competitors,
ASCAP is an unincorporated membership association and operates on a not-for- profit basis, distributing
all revenues after deducting its operating expenses, currently at one of the lowest overhead rates in the
world at 12.3%.