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SoundExchange appoints Peter Karafotas as Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy

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Neighbouring rights society SoundExchange has appointed Peter Karafotas as Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy. Karafotas replaces Linda Bloss-Baum, who recently left SoundExchange after nearly a decade with the company to pursue a career in academia at American University.

Based in Washington, D.C., Karafotas reports to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. “Peter will be an incredible asset to SoundExchange with his extensive experience serving on the...

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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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The Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria joins CISAC as provisional member

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The Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) has joined the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) as a Provisional Member at the General Assembly of the organisation in Seoul, South Korea.

“Joining CISAC is a landmark achievement for AVRS. It validates our efforts in protecting the rights of audiovisual creators’ rights and opens up new avenues for international collaboration. We are excited to work closely with CISAC and its member societies to furt...

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Kobalt-owned Amra has invested $50m in technology and infrastructure

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Kobalt Music Group-owned global digital collection society Amra claims to have invested in excess of $50 million in technology since 2015, with the bulk of it spent in the past three years.

The investment was designed to "significantly enhance the overall processing power of the platform, maximise cloud infrastructure, to harness machine learning technology to improve Amra’s matching capabilities and to upgrade the company’s ingestion capacity."

Amra told Creative Industries News that th...

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SACEM elects new board; Patrick Sigwalt replaces Christine Lidon as President

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The members of French music rights society SACEM have elected composer Patrick Sigwalt as its new Chair of the Board, replacing songwriter and performer Christine Lidon, who could not seek re-election according to the society's statutes.

The election of SACEM's Board of Directors took place on June 19, during the society's Annual General Meeting. Directors are elected for one year. The Board of Directors is made up of 19 members and one rotating — six authors, six composers, and music publis...

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