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SAG-AFTRA celebrates one million direct deposits worth $200m to its members

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By Emmanuel LegrandUS entertainment union SAG-AFTRA, which manages on behalf of its members residuals payments, has been switching gradually to a direct-payment system with payment-processing company Exactuals providing direct deposit of members' residuals. At the end of September, SAG-AFTRA said it had processed over one million deposits, representing some $200 million in direct deposits, into members' bank accounts since it launched the scheme nationally on May 1, 2019. SAG-AFTRA said that f...

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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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Bucks Music Group sign global publishing deal with Balimaya Project’s creator and leader Yahael Camara-Onono

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British independent music publishing company Bucks Music Group has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Yahael Camara-Onono, the London-based creator, leader and percussionist of West African collective Balimaya Project.

Balimaya Project was formed in 2019, and the collective's debut album 'Wolo So' was released in July of 2021. The band have a new album set for release in 2023 and will be performing in Dakar, Senegal, and Abu Dhabi, UAE, before travelling to Austin, Texas fo...

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US law firms Mark Music and Media Law and Roberts and Hafitz join forces

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US law firms of Mark Music and Media Law P.C. and Roberts and Hafitz PLLC have merged under the banner of Mark Music and Media Law, P.C.

The attorneys of the combined firm represent clients such as Billie Eilish, Guns N’ Roses, The Chainsmokers, Tool, Smokey Robinson, Benny Blanco, Amy Allen, Andrew Watt, New Kids on the Block, Pink Sweat$, Ice Spice, Danny Elfman, Atticus Ross, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Finneas, among many others.

MMML will deploy 15 lawyers across its offices in Lo...

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Nina Radojewski promoted to Head of Membership at the UK’s AIM

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The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Nina Radojewski as Head of Membership at the, a new position regrouping AIM’s membership, events, and marketing and communications functions.

Radojewski — who previously served as AIM’s Professional Development Lead — will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members’ Knowledge Base.

In her new role, Radoj...

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