As one of the most well-known and respected rights administration and licensing experts in the industry, Mary Jo Mennella is the Founder/CEO of Music Asset Management, Inc. (MAM), a leading independent music publishing and consulting company she founded in 2006. She was also a founder of Pulse Publishing Administration, a venture MAM launched in 2014 and managed for the Pulse Music Group (A top 10 U.S. music publisher and AIMP’s 2018 Indie Publisher of the Year). In 2021, MAM and the team were honored with five BMI Country Awards.
For decades, Mary Jo has been a successful and passionate entrepreneur dedicated to rights management. With expansive worldwide relationships and broad experience, her company manages administration for a multitude of rights owners and creators, including world renowned songwriters and composers, film and TV studios, music publishers, and other media companies. She has also been at the forefront of the digital landscape, helping top tier companies navigate and thrive throughout the evolution of distribution platforms in all media. Prior to launching Music Asset Management, Mary Jo was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Music Publishing at Fox Filmed Entertainment where she was charged with overseeing the publishing and master recording catalogs for 20th Century Fox, (Titanic), Fox Broadcasting (The SIMPSONS), and affiliated production units. Before joining Fox, she was also a key executive at Saban Entertainment and at ASCAP, where she began her career in the entertainment business.
An accomplished musician, an advocate for creators’ rights, and a champion of songwriters, Mary Jo serves on the board of the Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing (IMPEL), and as Board Secretary of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has also been the Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Events Chair since 2010. Among her many philanthropic efforts and industry affiliations, she is a Past Chair of the Music & Entertainment Industry for City of Hope and a Past President of the AIMP.