19 February 2021
Kai Takase-Simpson, Service Development Lead
We would like to extend a warm welcome and introduce Kai Takase-Simpson, who comes on board as Service Development Lead, as part of the Common Royalty Distribution (CRD) project.
Kai comes into the role with an outstanding knowledge of business from his previous experience working in our International team.
Tell us a little about your role and how it supports Publisher members.
My role as a Service Development Lead involves supporting projects focussed on delivering enhanced datasets to provide Publishers and writer members with an increased level of granular data and a more efficient method of producing publisher statements and reconciliation reports.
This aims to provide insights into where, how, and why the registered works of APRA AMCOS members are being utilised both domestically and internationally.
What was your previous experience at APRA AMCOS and how does it help you in your new role?
My previous roles at APRA AMCOS include analyst roles both in the Revenue and Operations departments. These roles have helped develop well-rounded knowledge of the life cycle of a royalty payment – from the reported use of a song at a licensed venue to the distribution of the collected royalty payment to the writers and publishers associated to the work. The insight into the support these payments provide to our members so that they can continue their craft gives great incentive to focus on driving forward more efficient and effective services.
What music are you currently listening to?
I’ve listened to Northlane’s 2019 album Alien almost every day since it was released, punctuated with Tired Lion's new album Breakfast for Pathetics, anything from Luca Brasi, and a nostalgic return to Violent Soho's self-titled album.
First concert you ever attended
I can’t quite remember if seeing Jet at Big Top or Karnivool at UNSW Roundhouse came first, but both were incredible experiences and I can’t wait to see the full return of live music in Australia.
What is your top tip, tool, or insight that any APRA AMCOS member should know about?
I’m sure it has been requested many times before but please ensure works are registered with as much detail as possible, and have your writers submit their Performance Reports! The more information that is provided, the easier it is for us to distribute our members' hard-earned royalties with accuracy and timeliness.