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Musical Chairs — Week 11 – 2021

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USAMusic royalties marketplace Royalty Exchange has named former artist manager and label owner Anthony Martini as its new CEO. He replaces founding CEO Matthew Smith, who will remain with the company as Chairman. Most recently, Martini founded independent record label Commission Records, and in 2019 sold a majority stake in the company to Big Noise. "Royalty Exchange is disrupting the financial landscape of the music business in favor of those who actually create the value in this industry -- ...

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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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US Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter joins the Council on Inclusive Innovation

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Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the US Copyright Office has joined the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2).

CI2 is chaired by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal is Vice Chair. CI2 is tasked with helping the government in developing a national strategy for expanding innovation to build a more inclusive and expansive innovation ecosyste...

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Creative Industries

Sony Music Publishing Nashville signs singer, songwriter and guitarist Jamie Davis

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Sony Music Publishing Nashville has signed singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jamie Davis to a global publishing deal.

“Jamie has an innate ability to channel his years of front man experience into thoughtfully crafted songs that resonate with music lovers everywhere. There’s no limit to the amount of success Jamie will find in Nashville,” said Tom Luteran, Vice President Creative at Sony Music Publishing.

Davis' music career first launched with his band Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy along...

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Utopia Music-owned Sentric Music Group expands its A&R team in the US

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Royalty management services company Sentric Music Group, part of Swiss-based Utopia Music, has hired four new executives to strengthen its A&R team in the United States — Matt DuFour, Carlos Escalona Cruz, Kebu Commissiong and Lou Plaia.

Sentric said the hires follow the company’s move into North America and its strategy to establish a presence in all the major markets within the territory. All four will report directly to Simon Perry, President of Sentric North America.

Sentric's Ca...

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