Paula Savastano, President
Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 year. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management and intellectual property departments for several notable companies including Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Spirit Music Group, Rykomusic, Cherry Lane Music, Musical Heritage Society and Turn up the Music,.
For several years, Paula’s knowledge and experience has been sought after by publishers and record companies to assist them with audits, royalties and copyright issues. After significant and continued demand, she started her own company, SSA Music, which provides financial, legal, auditing, licensing and royalty consulting services to a diverse clientele ranging from independent musicians to major music publishers and record companies. In recent years, SSA Music has expanded to offer catalog pitching and placement for a select clientele.
Paula has been an active speaker at educational conferences and universities around the country for nearly 10 years. She has held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Music Industry Departments at Drexel University and William Paterson University. She is active member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), National Association for Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Music and Entertainment Industry Educators’ Association (MEIEA), Los Angeles Women In Music (LAWIM) and Sigma Alpha Iota (Women’s Professional Music Fraternity), where she is currently Vice President of Membership of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, and serves as advisor to a local collegiate chapter. She is also an active musician, performing in the greater New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, as a freelance flautist.
Kurt Schmel, VP/General Manager
Kurt brings an important background of Marketing, Business, and Education to his role as General Manager of SSA Music through working in positions such as Information Technology, Computer Systems, and Personnel Management. Combined with his experience in teaching and classroom management, Kurt’s experience allows him a unique and different perspective of the music industry and of SSA Music as a business. He has spent his tenure at SSA Music building and strengthening their website, online and social media presence, and backend and pitching system. He also runs the Artist and Repertoire divisions of the company, seeking out new talent and ensuring the catalog fits the company’s musical needs. Kurt’s focus on education allows him to guide clients through the sometimes difficult and confusing world of copyright, royalties and licensing, while empowering these clients to become more active in advocating on their own behalf. When not behind a computer (or underneath a desk fixing one!), you can find Kurt out in the many clubs of the Philadelphia area, or at one of the many nationwide music conference, festivals and conventions.
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Kelley Plante, Music Coordinator