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ICMP appoints new director-general

The international music publishers' association has welcomed John Phelan, formerly of IFPI, as its new director-general

By IQ on 26 Sep 2018

John Phelan (left) and ICMP chair Chris Butler

Phelan (left) and ICMP chair Chris Butler

image © ICMP

The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) appointed John Phelan as director-general, effective 1 October. He succeeds Coco Carmona.

The announcement was made public during ICMP’s Central and Eastern European Music Publishers’ Congress in Bucharest.

Irishman Phelan comes to ICMP with a background encompassing law, conservatoire training and several years as a professional musician. He has also worked extensively in EU digital policy, including IP regulation, before spending the past three years at recorded music trade body IFPI.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to serving ICMP’s music publisher members worldwide”

“On behalf of the ICMP Board, I would like to thank Coco for her significant contribution to the confederation and I wish her all the very best in her future endeavours,” says ICMP chair Chris Butler. “John has impressive music industry credentials through his work at IFPI, and I have no doubt that he will play a key role in advancing the interests of music publishers across the globe.”

Adds Phelan: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to serving ICMP’s music publisher members worldwide. Copyright rules, market trends and the means of engagement with music are continually evolving. In the last week alone, both Europe and the US have addressed separate issues of major importance for online music.

“ICMP will be at the forefront of this evolution and we are keen to meet all the attendant challenges head on.”


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