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Andrea C Martin: ‘PRS for Music will be a billion pound business in the next five years’

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Andrea Czapary Martin will celebrate in June her two years at the helm of PRS for Music, one of the world's largest music rights societies. Coming from a non-music background (Royal Mail), Martin took over from Robert Ashcroft, who ran the organisation for 10 years. Her brief was to accelerate the technological transformation of PRS in order to deal with the increasing amount of digital transactions processed by the society.

And not even a year into her job, PRS, like the rest of the British ec...

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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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ADAMI pays tribute to its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre

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French neighbouring rights society for performers ADAMI has reported that its Director of Legal and International Affairs Blaise Lefeuvre has died following an unspecified illness.

"ADAMI's teams, its Board of Directors, its President Anne Bouvier, for whom Blaise was in all their thoughts in recent months, are immensely sad to lose their comrade, colleague, and friend. Few words can express our dismay today," said the Paris-based organisation in a statement.

Lefeuvre joined ADAMI...

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US Copyright Office rules on mechanical royalties in the case of termination rights

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The US Copyright Office (USCO) has ruled in favour of songwriters regarding the allocation of mechanical royalties from The MLC in the case of songwriters had exercised their termination rights. In a final ruling, the USCO has instructed The MLC to distribute royalties accordingly, effective from August 8, 2024..

The MLC, which administers the blanket license and collects digital mechanical rights on behalf of publishers and songwriters, had set up a policy that let the publishers who contro...

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IMRO’s revenue reached an all-time high in 2023, up 8% year-on-year to €45.8 million

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) posted revenue of €45.8 million in 2023, up 8% compared to 2022. The Dublin-based society said financial results for 2023 reached an all-time high.

Media Licensing accounted for the largest share of revenue, up by 8% to €25.2m, driven primarily by "increases in online and international revenue." Collections from the live concert industry experienced "a significant resurgence," up 27% to €7. International revenue also witnessed "significant growth,"...

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