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Musical Chairs — Week 46 2021

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US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) (pictured, above) — who has been an advocate of strong copyright protection —has announced his decision not to seek re-election at the end of his current term in 2022. Leahy, 81, has served eight terms since 1975 and is the longest-serving current senator. “It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state. It’s time to come home,” said Leahy. Leahy is currently President pro tempore of the Senate. He chair...

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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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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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Canadian veteran industry executive Alexander Mair dies aged 82

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Alexander Mair, the Canadian music industry executive who co-founded Attic Records with Tom Williams in 1974, has died of cancer aged 82 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2022.

The Globe and Mail described him as "a titan of the Canadian music industry as a savvy entrepreneur and an indefatigable figure in the establishment and growth of independent record companies in this country."

During his long career, Mair contributed to the growth of the independent music sector. He was...

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