ASCAP exec Chris Amenita dies

Addressed licensing, tech issues at performing rights org

Chris Amenita, a 27-year ASCAP veteran who most recently served as the org’s senior vice president of broadcast operations and new media licensing, died Aug. 3 after battling cancer. He was 55.

During his tenure at the performing rights org, Amenita frequently tackled the tangled issues involving emerging technologies and digital licensing. He oversaw the development of ASCAP’s audio fingerprinting system, helped create its first website and established its new media and technology department. He also served as the first chairman of digital distribution standards org Digital Data Exchange.

Amenita is survived by his wife Bonnie, two children and both parents.

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