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Musical Chairs — Week 25 2021

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The Recording Academy, has appointed Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as Co-Presidents, effective Aug. 16, 2021. They will be part of President/CEO Harvey Mason jr.'s leadership team, alongside Chief Operating Officer Branden Chapman and Chief Industry Officer Ruby Marchand. Butterfield Jones, who was Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Academy, will continue to oversee the organisation's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts along with people and culture, m...

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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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Sony Music Entertainment promotes Angela Lopes to SVP, Strategy and Investments

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Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has promoted Angela Lopes to Senior Vice President, Strategy and Investments. Based in New York, she reports to Kevin Kelleher, Chief Operating Officer and Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business.

The company said the promotion was part of plans to combine its corporate and digital investments, M&A and strategic planning teams. Lopes served most recently as SME's Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Investments

Kelleher said, “A...

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Ralph W. Peer appointed Managing Director of peermusic’s Australian operations

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Ralph W. Peer has been named Managing Director of peermusic Australia. In his new role, he will be expanding his activities to oversee creative and administrative operations for the independent music company in the Australasia region.

peermusic said the appointment marks "an increased focus by the global publishing firm in the region." Based in Sydney, he reports jointly to Kathy Spanberger, peermusic’s President of the region, and to Bill Gorjance, peermusic’s worldwide Chief Financial Offi...

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Former Register of Copyrights and champion for creators’ rights Marybeth Peters dies aged 83

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The creative community has been paying tribute to Marybeth Peters, who served as the 11th Register of Copyrights from 1994 to 2010 and died Sept.ember 29 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Karyn Temple, SEVP and Global General Counsel at Motion Picture Association and former Register of Copyrights, said in a LinkedIn blogpost that "copyright truly would not be the same" without her.

Current Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter said: “Marybeth Peters leaves an unparallele...

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