In this new role, Duffett-Smith is responsible for
Spotify’s relationships with music publishers, collecting
societies, performing rights organisations and the songwriters
Commenting on the new role, James Duffett-Smith
said: “Publishers and societies perform an
enormously important role at the very
heart of the music industry and, of course, without songwriters
there would be no music for us all to enjoy in the first place.
I’m very much looking forward to building on our existing
partnerships with the publisher, songwriter and society
communities around the world.”
Prior to joining Spotify, Duffett-Smith was Director,
Legal and Business Affairs for Fox Interactive Media in Europe.
Based in London, he worked as part of the legal team
responsible for major properties including MySpace.com and
ign.com. Duffett-Smith has also held London-based solicitor
roles at Pinsent Masons and Collyer Bristow, LLP.