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Music publishers today – The greatest job in the music industry?

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by Emmanuel Legrand

(This piece was initially written for Midem's blog)

Don't tell my mother I am a music publisher; she thinks I'm a pianist in a brothel. Or so went the joke in the 1980s.

Once derided as the least interesting (read "unsexy") sector of the music industry, music publishing has been subject to a significant re-appraisal in recent years with growing appreciation for its contribution to the music food chain, and with increasing interest for the various aspects of publ...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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SCAPR will unveil at its May 28-29 General Assembly the first study on collective management of performers’ rights in Africa

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SCAPR — the trade body representing the collective management organisation collecting and distributing neighbouring rights on behalf of performers — will present at its General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa on May 28-29 the first Study on Collective Management of Performers’ rights. The event is hosted by SCAPR's South African member, SAMPRA.

The study will assess CMOs in 12 African countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Se...

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GEMA CEO Tobias Holzmüller tells members to brace for a world without ‘protected markets and monopolistic privileges’

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During his first annual general meeting as CEO of GEMA, Tobias Holzmüller invited the members and affiliates of the German music rights society to embrace change and prepare for the local and international challenges of the times.

"Protected markets and monopolistic privileges can no longer be taken for granted," said Holzmüller during his speech. "Global competition for rights holders and for repertoire is shaping our actions."

GEMA's general assembly in Berlin

Holzmüller warned that a...

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Licensing hub ICE reaches €1 billion in distributions over a period of 12 months

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ICE — the digital licensing platform co-owned by the UK's PRS for Music, Germany's GEMA and Sweden's STIM — has disclosed that for the first time it has distributed more than €1 billion to rights holders in a consecutive 12-month period (May 2023-April 2024 inclusive). ICE has now delivered a cumulative amount of €4.5bn to its members and clients since its first royalty distributions in 2016.

"It took just under 3½ years to reach the first €1bn in distributions, just over two more years to...

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