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US music sector braces for a new battle on ASCAP and BMI’s consent decrees

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By Emmanuel Legrand

The US music community is preparing for a long battle ahead following the decision by the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice to open a full review of the consent decrees ruling the country's two main performance rights societies, ASCAP and BMI, since 1941.

David Israelite, CEO of Washington, DC-based National Music Publishers Association, said at the organisation's annual meeting in New York that the music community will be fight...

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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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PRS for Music reappoints V V Brown, Laura Mvula and John Truelove to its Members’ Council; unveils plans to accelerate growth

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This year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of British rights society PRS for Music in London saw the reappointment of songwriter V V Brown (pictured, left), singer and songwriter, Laura Mvula (pictured, center), and dance music producer John Truelove (pictured, rights) to the PRS Members’ Council.

The Members' Council l is responsible for setting budgets, strategic oversight and reviewing company performance, as well as serving as a conduit between the PRS team and songwriter, composer and mu...

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Alexi Cory-Smith’s Bella Figura joins IMPEL

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Independent music rights management company Bella Figura has joined music publishing digital licensing agency IMPEL.

The company was founded by Alexi Cory-Smith (pictured, above), a former President, Repertoire & Marketing at BMG, and backed by private equity firm Freshstream.

Bella Figura's publishing catalogue includes songs performed by Robbie Williams, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi and more by writers such as Guy Chambers, David Gray, Placebo, Lil Peep, Dashboard Confessional, Dar...

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CISAC elects Kazuhiko Fukuoji and Ángeles González-Sinde Reig as Vice-Presidents

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Japanese painter Kazuhiko Fukuoji and Spanish screenwriter, director, illustrator, and children’s author Ángeles González-Sinde Reig have been elected Vice-Presidents of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.

The two creators were elected by the CISAC General Assembly, held in Mexico City on 1 June. They replace Chinese film director Jia Zhang-Ke and Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló who did not seek re-election.

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