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musicFIRST launches the Music Fairness Action grassroots campaign with the support of Dionne Warwick

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musicFIRST, the music industry coalition advocating for performance rights on sound recordings in the US, has enlisted R&B legend Dionne Warwick to launch the Music Fairness Action campaign.

The initiative is "a grassroots effort to ensure the voices of music makers and music lovers are heard in the fight to secure compensation for AM/FM radio plays." The campaign is meant to highlight the fact that currently, AM/FM radio is the only music platform in the United States that doesn’t pay a...

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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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Ursula von der Leyen re-elected European Commission President for a five-year term

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was elected for a second term on July 18 by the European Parliament n a secret ballot. The outgoing President received 401 votes in her favour, 41 more than the majority of 360 votes, 284 against and 22 blank or invalid votes.

This will be von der Leyen’s second term as Commission President. She was first elected by MEPs in July 2019. She previously served as Defence Minister in Germany.

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Drew Olsen named Vice-Chair and CEO of the Copyright Board of Canada

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Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne has appointed Drew Olsen as Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Board of Canada, for a five-year term.

In this role, effective from August 26, Olsen will lead the work of the Board as well as supervise and direct Board staff. Olsen is currently Associate Director General of the Audiovisual Branch at Canadian Heritage.

“The Copyright Board of Canada plays a key role in Canada’s creative e...

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Alison Finley joins Pierson Ferdinand LLP

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Alison Finley has joined law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP as a Partner in the Corporate Department, based in Los Angeles. She joins from Universal Music Group where she served as Executive Vice President.

"Alison brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role," said Pierson Ferdinand in a statement. "Alison is a highly accomplished professional who focuses on business development, deal structuring, client management, leadership, negotiation, and legal affairs."

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