MROC Executive Director announces retirement

03/26/2013- Toronto, Ontario- The Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC) announced today that Executive Director Len Lytwyn will be stepping down from his position effective March 29, 2013.

Margaret McGuffin has been engaged by MROC's Board of Directors to succeed Len as CEO effective April 1, 2013.  Margaret most recently was the Director, Licensing and Distribution Services at Access Copyright.  Previously, as a consultant, she provided strategic and business planning advice to clients in the music publishing, book publishing and sound recording industries.  Clients included Canadian Heritage, CMRRA, CPCC, NRCC (now Re:Sound), SODRAC and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.  She has worked extensively with not-for-profit organizations and currently sits on the Advisory Board of MusiCounts.


Referred to by many as the "Father of MROC",Len was one of the three founding Directors of MROC and has been Chair of the organization since its incorporation. Len's career as a professional musician began with a successful career as a rock drummer but he admits that his desire to perform as a musician was overtaken by an overriding desire to assist musicians when he accepted a position as a "Business Agent" with the Toronto Musicians' Association. He eventually became its President. After a brief hiatus he was appointed as an "Administrative Assistant" within AFM's National office (for Canada) and ultimately attained the position as AFM's "Executive Director for Canada". In total Len has spent close to four decades working for musicians and when asked about MROC, he stated, "My goal in establishing MROC was to provide an independent Canadian collective controlled by musicians for musicians, looking out for the welfare of background musicians as well as featured performers."


Len has also tendered his resignation to MROC's Board of Directors as Chair, but will remain on as a Director. The MROC Board also bestowed upon him the title of "Chairman Emeritus and Parliamentarian" in recognition of his vision and untiring efforts as founder and Chairman of MROC since its inception. David Jandrisch was appointed Chairman to succeed Len commencing April 1st.


MROC's Board of Directors and staff wish Len the best of luck in his future endeavours and look forward to the insights and experience that Margaret will bring to the MROC team in the future.


About MROC:

The Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a Canadian federally-incorporated not-for-profit copyright collective whose primary objective is to collect and distribute to musicians the performer's share of neighbouring rights royalties. These royalties flow from the commercial use of sound recordings and are based on various tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada.


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