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Main Stories — Week 23, 2022

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Here’s a list of the main stories published by Creative Industries News in the past week.

LEAD STORIES
Belgium passes law introducing equitable remuneration — performers applaud; indie labels warn of unintended consequences
> Radio Music License Committee files petition to have both ASCAP and BMI’s fee determination set by one single judge
NMPA launches legal action against apps and signs partnership with Songclip
Domino Recordings agrees to Four Tet’s 50% digital royalty rate request
France’s SACEM posted collections of €1.05bn in 2021, up 7% compared to 2020
PPL AGM’s presented ‘a positive picture of recovery’ reflected in robust collections
> Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper announced he will step down in 2023
DDEX shares data about the impact of the MEAD standard on streaming consumption
Takeways from NMPA’s annual meeting: 2021 revenues of $4.7bn, MLC, CRB, action against apps, launch of songwriters’ new organisation NOTES
Spotify acquires London-based AI-powered voice creation start-up Sonantic

BRIEF NEWS

– Brazilian law enforcement authorities have coordinated a substantial series of actions to tackle infringing services on the internet
– Canada’s House of Commons has passed Bill C-11
– AFL-CIO, has passed a unanimous resolution in support of the American Music Fairness Act
The Copyright Claims Board (CCB) has officially opened on June 16
– Members of American band Orleans have sued Warner Music Group over digital income coming from foreign affiliates
– PlayRight has closed the distribution of audiovisual rights for the reference year 2016
– Audiomack and Universal Music Group (UMG) have confirmed a new licensing agreement
– Maison Arts has launched as a boutique publishing house focusing on client’s creative development
– BandLab has passed the 50 million users milestone
– Tencent Music Entertainment Group has renewed its strategic partnership with Time Fengjun Entertainment

DEALS
– Primary Wave Music has acquired the music publishing interests of Thomas Ross “Tom” Whitlock
–  Kobalt has signed Aaron Horn to a worldwide publishing administration agreement
– Red Bull Records has signed Aukoustics to a worldwide music publishing deal
– Cooking Vinyl has signed DonLetts  to a worldwide artist services deal

IN THE NEWS
– Joanne Kelsey has been appointed Vice President, Royalties & Administration at Anthem Entertainment
– Downtown Music Services beefs up Latin American team and operations
– Rayna Bass and Selim Bouab have been promoted to Co-Presidents of 300 Entertainment
– Gilles Godard has been promoted to President of Anthem Nashville Music Publishing
– Tracy Chan has joined streaming platform SoundCloud
– Julia Betley has been appointed Sr. Vice President of Creative Sync Licensing at Warner Records
– Anthony De Padua has been promoted to Vice President, Digital Marketing at RCA Records
– Ryan Stockwell
 has joined B2B distribution company Fuga
– Joel Whitburn, who wrote hundreds of books based on music charts, has died aged 82
– Daniela Gutiérrez has been appointed Marketing Manager for Mexico for Downtown Music Services
– Steve Manners has been promoted to UK Managing Director of Licensing International
– Helen Barrass has been appointed FUGA UK’s Head of Marketing Strategy
– Sarah Mitchell (BMG) was elected as a Board Director of PPL
– Lucas van Slegtenhorst has been appointed Vice President of Benelux at Utopia Music
– Kees van Weijen has received the Outstanding Contribution award from the Board of IMPALA

OPINION

– Helen Smith (IMPALA): ‘We don’t believe equitable remuneration is equitable at all’

INTERVIEWS

In case you missed it, Creative Industries News published recent Q&As with:
– Bruno Guez (Revelator)
Andrea C Martin (PRS for Music)
Cécile Rap-Veber (SACEM)
Molly Neuman (Songtrust)
Jordi Puy (Unison)
Olivier Chastan (Iconoclast)
Ken Umezaki (Verifi)
Spek (PopArabia)

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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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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Musical chairs — Week 46, 2022

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Reservoir's Rell Lafargue

NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has joined the board of ICMP, the global trade body representing the music publishing industry. Reservoir Media’s President and Chief Operating Officer Rell Lafargue will join the ICMP board, chaired by Universal Music Publishing‘s Jackie Alway. Reservoir was founded in 2007 and represents over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings. “ICMP is delighted to welcome Reservoir President and COO R...

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