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IMPALA recognises Kees van Weijen with its Outstanding Contribution Award

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Kees van Weijen, President of Dutch independent music companies' trade body STOMP and former President of European trade body IMPALA, has received the Outstanding Contribution award from the Board of IMPALA, in recognition for his "crucial role in the European independent sector over a career spanning close to 50 years."

Van Weijen was presented with his award during the last IMPALA board meeting. He has been active in the music sector since 1974, working for Universal Music and Rough Trade ...

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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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Scott Williams promoted to the position of President of Downtown-owned CD Baby

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Downtown Music Holdings has promoted Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby, the distribution company for independent artists, and Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service.

Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby. Based in Portland, Oregon, he reports to Andrew Bergman, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. He replaces Joel Andrew who worked for 18 years at CD Baby, and served for the past two years as President. Andrew is understood to have left t...

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Your Music Your Future Int’l campaign against buyouts gets German adaptation

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The global education campaign against buyouts, Your Music Your Future International (YMYFI), has launched in German, with information helping composers better understand their options when faced with buyout offers by users of their works.

The new German site has gone live in June 2022, and is the product of a collaboration between German music rights society GEMA and CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. It provides in-depth information about buyouts —...

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records pick Utopia-owned Proper for global distribution

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records — both part of Reservoir Media's group of companies — have signed a distribution deal for the world (exclusing America) with distributor Proper, part of the Utopia group of companies, effective July 1, 2022.

The deal covers physical distribution and D2C of catalogue for both labels. Proper will also power the back-end for Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records’ direct-to-consumer business.

The first releases from Chrysalis include multi-disc CD box sets fr...

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