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Musical Chairs — Week 12 – 2021

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USA Katherine Tai has been confirmed by the US Senate as the new US Trade Representative (USTR). Tai was the Chief Trade Counsel with the Ways and Means Committee and as the Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement at USTR. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said Tai was "outstanding choice" and welcomed her commitment to "support America's copyright industries and the workers employed in such industries by ensuring that our trading partners open their markets to copyrighted e...

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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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SACEM’s David El Sayegh elected President of European rights societies’ body GESAC

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GESAC, the European Grouping of Authors’ Societies, has elected David El Sayegh, Deputy CEO of France's SACEM, as its new President during the Brussels-based organisation's statutory General Meeting.

El Sayegh will chair the GESAC Board for the 2024-2026 mandate. He replaces Gernot Graninger, CEO of Austria's AKM/Austromechana, who has served as President of GESAC for the past two-and-a-half years and who remains on the organisation's board.

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KT Tunstall signs new global music publishing agreement with BMG

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KT Tunstall has signed a new music publishing deal with BMG. The Scottish singer and songwriter made the announcement from the stage of the Ivors at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel as she received the Ivor Novello Award for Oustanding Song Collection.

“I am starting a new era with the amazing Alistair Norbury and his team at BMG, and I am so excited for what’s coming next," said Tunstall In her acceptance speech,

Tunstall received her Outstanding Song Collection Award from fellow songwrit...

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Motion Picture Association taps Jesse Martin as SVP, Associate General Counsel, Content Protection and Legal Affairs

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The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has appointed Jesse Martin to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Content Protection and Legal Affairs (Intermediary Programmes).

Martin joins from The Software Alliance (BSA) where she served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Director, Compliance Solutions. She reports to Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the MPA.

“Over the past decade, our content protec...

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