John Josephson initially invested in SESAC in 1992 and has been a director of the company as well as a strong advocate for artists’ rights continually since that time. Since his appointment as CEO in 2014, SESAC has expanded its music licensing activities across multiple rights categories and select international territories, transitioning SESAC from a performance rights to a “multi-rights” Music Rights Organization.
Under Josephson’s leadership, SESAC acquired the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) as well as Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), formed Mint Digital Services in partnership with SUISA, and, in 2017, was sold to Blackstone Group’s Core Equity fund. Since 2014, SESAC has continued to experience substantial growth year over year. He has also overseen prominent signings of Adele, Mariah Carey, George Clinton, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, R.E.M., Zac Brown Band and many more.
Josephson currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media, the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University. He’s also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Recording Academy, the Academy of Country Music, and the Country Music Association.