A music industry veteran of over 20 years, Sweeney worked at the Performing Right Society (PRS) and then with the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS-PRS Alliance) which is now known as PRSforMusic. Sweeney held the senior positions of Director of Operations and Director of Membership, where he was responsible for managing the teams responsible for composer and publisher relations on behalf of both societies. During the process of the operational alliance with MCPS, John was elected to the PRS Board as an Executive Director, a position he held for 3 years. Following the successful merger of the operational functions with MCPS, John then became an Alliance Board Member. John also helped establish the PRS Foundation (PRSF), the UK’s only independent funder of new music across all genres. After serving as a Trustee, John became the charity’s Chairman, a position he held for 2 years. John remains a member of the PRSF’s Advisory Board. Sweeney obtained a MBA degree from the University of Westminster in 2005.
Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. The second oldest and fastest growing performing rights organization in the U.S., SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Adult Contemporary, Urban, Jazz, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance, Classical and New Age. SESAC is also rapidly becoming the performing rights organization of choice among many of Hollywood’s most sought-after film and television composers. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.