Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts


Lauren A. Melso is currently the Rights & Clearances Supervisor for The Drew
Barrymore Show (CBS), where she is responsible for securing rights for all
licensed in photos, clips and acting as a liaison between the show’s
production team and music licensing.

Prior to joining the show, she was the Director of Licensing at The Octave
Group, overseeing licensing for OG’s services Touchtunes and PlayNetwork in
New York City. Her team was responsible for licensing all requested music
for the company’s 400+ clients. In addition, she also focused on industry
relations and innovative proactivity.

Prior to beginning at PlayNetwork, Lauren held multiple roles at ASCAP in
both Business and Legal Affairs as well as New Media Licensing. Before
joining ASCAP, Lauren developed and led the Rights & Clearances team at
Leftfield Entertainment, worked in Music & Media Licensing at Viacom and
held various roles, including managing the digital copyright division, at
Sony Music. Lauren has been working in the industry for about 15 years.

On the side, Lauren also teaches ESL and participates in a mentor program
for her alma mater, The Ohio State University.

Lauren graduated from OSU in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Japanese and a minor in Marketing