Our Board Members

Our board is made up of a range of well respected industry peers who are experts in their fields. They give us a great representation of the industry in addition to providing a powerhouse of knowledge and experience to develop the organisation in the interests of our members and friends.

Naomi Asher
IAFAR - President - Chair of Board

Naomi Asher is Vice President of Neighbouring Rights at Sony Music Publishing. Sony Music Publishing Neighbouring Rights specializes in a bespoke collections service for performers and rights holders. We focus on ensuring maximization of global Neighbouring Rights income for all of our clients by maintaining excellent relationships with societies all over the world and doing as much investigative data analysis as possible. Naomi previously co-founded Wixen Music UK Ltd, serving as Director and President from 2010 to January 2020. She co-founded IAFAR in 2018, after being frustrated by the lack of transparency in the neighbouring rights income stream. She is president and chair of both IAFAR and IAFAR Education. She is co-author of the UK edition of The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing. In addition, she has also published the novels, Shakespeare’s Ripper and By Page.  As a publisher, she has served on many PRS committees. Her focus firmly in the Neighbouring Rights world, she has been a panellist for many NR education events, webinars, and workshops. She also acts as an Ambassador for the F-List (the first female focused music database).

Ann Tausis
IAFAR - Treasurer/Secretary – Vice Chair

Ann Tausis has 30 years of experience in rights management administration, both in the neighbouring rights and music publishing sectors. She began her music career at STIM (Swedish Composer & Author society) in 1989 and worked at Sweden Music/PolyGram Publishing in her native Sweden before moving to London in 1996 and joining the international office of PolyGram Publishing, which later became Universal Music Publishing. In her role as Global Copyright Director, she was instrumental to the successful integrations of the Rondor, MCA and BMG catalogues whilst also working with international publishing initiatives such as IMPA (International Music Publishers Association) and GRD (Global Repertoire Database). Ann joined Kobalt Neighbouring Rights as Managing Director in 2013 and has since built the company both organically and through the acquisition of Fintage House/Rights Agency Ltd. in 2016 to become the largest neighbouring rights agent in the world.

Stacey Haber
IAFAR - Business and Legal Head

Once tagged by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the music industry’s leading experts, Stacey has 30 years’ experience as a music industry executive in London and New York. Currently the Founder of InsideBaseball Music Publishing, FoxPin Artist Management and The Music Firm, Stacey advises multiplatinum superstars to emerging artists. She has previously advised billion pound brands in the use of music in their marketing and advertising and global icons in their contract negotiations as part of the music team of a well known (but no longer existing) City firm. Favorite negotiation at that firm was for a music client’s appearance on The Simpsons. Stacey is Co-Author of: Sports vs Music – Sponsorship Showdown or Perfect Combination; her training began as the protégé of Mark Stephens CBE at Stephens Innocent and her work continued in-house at labels and publishers. She is a member of the National Union of Journalists and The Society of Authors, co-founded the Caribbean Brewing Authority microbrewery and created the original slate of programming for the African Caribbean Network cable network.

Shari Hoffman
IAFAR - Board Member

Shari Hoffman is Co-founder and CEO of Transparence Entertainment Group, a music rights organization that collects and distributes worldwide performance royalties on behalf of recording artists, master rights holders, producers, and DIY music creators. Prioritizing high-touch personal service, TEG identifies unclaimed royalties, streamlines registration & claiming processes, provides accurate and transparent evaluation of earnings, and eliminates needless fees by acquiring royalties directly from the source.


A professional vocalist and seasoned industry professional, Shari’s background includes record label promotion for multi-platinum recording artists, managing tour settlements for top grossing concerts worldwide, and representing above and below the line personnel for two major entertainment unions.  Prior to launching TEG, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, a collective management organization responsible for the collection and distribution of neighboring rights from various foreign territories and royalties established by government statute under U.S. Copyright Law.

In addition to the IAFAR, Shari serves on various boards and committees in the entertainment industry including the Los Angeles Jazz Society, the Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominating Committee and the Environment of People Foundation. She has participated as an educator, moderator & panelist on numerous panels & workshops and has been actively involved with the Recording Academy in legislative initiatives, including the passage of the Music Modernization Act.

Chris is the co founder and CEO of Karousel Music, a London based CIC made up of musicians, songwriters and music industry professionals. Karousel are a boutique music publisher and around the publishing family, Karousel run a series of industry showcases with partners such as SESAC, Help Musicians UK, Leaf Grow and Ticketmaster, where the acts keep 100% of the ticket money giving artists the chance to be seen by the leading lights of the independent industry in London, as well as committed music lovers. These nights have provided over 460 showcase opportunities for artists both from inside and outside of London over the last 7 years, including showcases at The Great Escape and Reeperbahn Festival. In addition, Karousel run a series of industry networking events: from Industry Speed Dating to the now near legendary Music Biz Speed Quiz. Chris acts as the Music Industry Liaison for Help Musicians UK and is a passionate believer in the work the charity does to help musicians in crisis, early stage dunding and help in retirement. He also consults to Big Group on events around the Brit Awards, Champions League Final and Mercury Music prize sourcing and booking artists for large corporate sponsors including MasterCard and Hyundai and Management wise Chris co manages Pat Dam Smyth and Ren Harvieu with Liquid Management, and manages The Magic Lantern via Karousel. He was an artist and songwriter for 17 years and has recorded 2 solo albums and 2 collaborative albums with Mark E Brydon (Moloko) and Matt Deighton (Mother Earth, Oasis, Paul Weller, solo) as well as a wealth of co-writes. Chris has run 50:50 Studios in North London since 2005, and now Finally, of course, he is a board member for the newly founded IAFAR (International Association for Artist Rights) which seeks to educate and advocate for musicians neighbouring rights.

Steve McMellon
IAFAR - Board Member

Founding director and shareholder of Southern Crossroads Music (SCM), a London and Nashville production/publishing operation focusing mainly on Americana and Alt Country singer-songwriters and also specialising in the production, supervision and placement of music for motion pictures, TV and other audio-visual works. SCM’s other shareholder is the long-established “indie” film and TV music company, Silva Screen.

SCM songs have been placed in US TV franchises such as “True Detective”, “Justified”, “The Wire”, “The Affair”, “True Blood”, “Nashville” and more. SCM has 2 recent RIAA awards for songs performed by Tim McGraw and Brett Eldredge also has a cut featured on a successful new Kip Moore release.

Steve was a Music Producer on Tennessee Government’s film “Born In Bristol – the Big Bang of Country Music” and he is currently working on several Nashville-based music dramas and documentaries.

Prior to co-founding SCM, Steve was a joint-owner/MD of S1 Songs /S1Songs (America) that part-owned and managed:

  • the Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen “SKG DreamWorks “ catalog (John Denver, Byrds, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Eat World, Papa Roach, Trammps);
  • the “Wind Up” rock catalog (Creed, Evanescence, Seether);
  • and the entire Sheryl Crow catalog amongst others.

The “S1” Catalog picked up 2 Grammy’s and100 plus RIAA Awards. Steve sold the Group to Chrysalis Music in 2010 and the iconic songs that formed the catalog are now part of the Reservoir Music portfolio.

Recent music production/supervision credits include the Oscar nominated animation “Bombay Rose” (Cinestaan Film).

Steve is a law and business graduate, has a PgD (with Merit) in UK, US and European Laws of Copyright and Related Rights from King’s College School of Law (London) and is a full member of the UK Music Producers Guild.

Lionel Lodge
IAFAR - Board Member

With over 40 years in the entertainment industry, I have been involved with a diverse spectrum of the industry. The key, in my view, is enthusiasm paired with detailed focus. Through this, I have been very fortunate to be a part of many team-focused and creative experiences.” Lionel has worked in the entertainment industry for all his adult life, as a creative as well as a business manager. He founded and managed a live music venue while in his early 20’s, founded and managed a live music booking agency with a team of 10 agents booking hundreds of artists all over the UK in the early 1990’s, held the position of Senior Editor and Co-Publisher of a UK based entertainment magazine with a circulation of 40,000 per month and a team of over 50 people, in the mid 1990’s and until recently (until the realization that SyncLodge was needed to be built) was the founder and managing director of a sync licensing agency. Lionel is currently the Founder and CEO of SyncLodge, the sync licensing project management system. On the creative side Lionel has written hundreds of songs and co-written many more. He has produced albums, engineered recordings, arranged music, performed 1000’s of live shows, and has 12 albums released under his name.

Gina Deacon
IAFAR - Board Member

Gina heads up Absolute Rights Management and has worked with Absolute Label Services for 19 years.  Absolute Rights management is a joint venture between Absolute and Bucks Music Publishers and Absolute were the first label services business in the World.  Currently working with acts and labels such as Jack Savoretti, Steps, The Overtones, Jake Shears, Bananarama, UB40, Howard Jones, Alesha Dixon Status Quo, Dappy, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Deacon Blue, Mel C and many new developing acts across all genres, as well as the worlds’ biggest independent Christian label – Integrity Music.  Bucks Music Group is a leading UK independent music publisher with a reputable catalogue dating back to the 50’s.   Roster includes many pioneer artists and musical innovators.  The company’s principal business music publishing, but also includes licensing, music supervision and the operation of record labels Cube Soundtracks and Fly Records. Gina entered the music industry in 2000 and through hard work and dedication created an expanding department within Absolute committed to registering and sourcing royalties due to both Performers and Rights Holders.   Having been fast tracked to promotion throughout her previous careers in sales and training, she is now dedicated to the role of educating artists on their royalty claims and how best we can work with them to collect what is rightfully due, in conjunction with PPL and the international collection societies. Neighbouring Rights are one of the few potentially major income areas for performers that are due whenever eligible recordings they have featured on audibly, are played in public or broadcast. Absolute Rights Management team understand the importance of this for our clients and offer a bespoke service dedicated to ensuring we claim the maximum royalties due to them.

Joshua Graubart
Board Member

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.

Tania Oliveira
Board Member

Based in the United Kingdom, Tania Oliveira is the Director of Society Relations for Transparence Entertainment Group (TEG), a music rights organization that identifies, recovers and administers royalty and licensing income from various sources for music creators. TEG maximizes payments by administering rights around the world effectively, rapidly and with complete transparency.  As former Co-Manager for Wixen UK LTD and her current involvement as a Board member of IAFAR (the International Association for Artists & Rightsholders), Tania has a comprehensive understanding of the various nuances of the UK and European publishing and worldwide neighboring rights. Prolific in both German and Russian, Tania is also a professional musician and songwriter who was signed to a pop-punk girl band in her teens and is now an active session guitarist and bassist.  Her first-hand experience witnessing poor management and misinformation inspired Tania to protect the rights of music creators through education and activism.

Peggy Dold
Board Member

Peggy Dold is CEO of Navigation Partners LLC, providing business development advisory services to Talent, Rights Holders, Technology, Entertainment and Media clients. Peggy has 20+ years of experience as a music executive in the Anglo and Hispanic music industry has worked with a variety of musical genres, in multiple international markets, and has lived in all of the major U.S. music markets – NY, Miami, LA and Nashville.

Prior to reactivating Navigation Partners LLC, Peggy was Senior Vice President and Director of Music & Entertainment for IBERIABANK/First Horizon’s Sports & Entertainment division until IBERIABANK’s merger with First Horizon Bank in 2021. Peggy has also served as Vice President, International for the Univision Music Group; Talent and  Artist Relations Consultant for MTV Networks Latin America; Head of Artist Relations for Crescent Moon Records (a joint venture between Emilio Estefan and Sony Music International); and Vice President of Marketing, Island Independent Label Group.

Senior Vice President and Director of Music & Entertainment for First Horizon’s Sports & Entertainment division, Dold is respected as a 20+ year music executive who has worked in both the Anglo and Hispanic music markets and has been based in NY, Miami, LA & Nashville. Dold is a proud member of the CMA (Country Music Association), the Music Business Association, NARAS (the Grammy organization), LARAS (the Latin Grammy organization), AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists), META (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alliance), NATD (Nashville Association of Talent Directors), TONS (The Other Nashville Society), A2iM (The American Association of Independent Music), AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) and the Florida Banking Association.

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