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Songwriters of North America names Michelle Lewis as CEO, Kellie Brown as COO and Erin McAnally as Executive Director

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SONA (Songwriters of North America), one of the main organisations representing songwriters in the United States, has unveiled a major expansion in the SONA-verse structure, with the addition of new, key leadership positions as well as the creation of a SONA chapter in New York.

SONA and sister organisation The SONA Foundation, which have separate Boards and missions, will now both be overseen by former Executive Director Michelle Lewis who is elevated to CEO. Lewis will work alongside newl...

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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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Music deals — Week 8, 2024

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Here's a list of some of the music deals announced in the past week:

Universal Music Group (UMG), in partnership with Dundee Partners, will acquire a 25.8% share in Chord Music Partners for $240 million (€223m), in a deal that values Chord at $1.85 billion. Chord was formed in 2021 by investment fund KKR and Dundee Partners, the investment office of the Hendel family, to acquire catalogues of music intellectual property (IP). The bulk of Chord’s catalogue comes from the acquisition in 202...

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Musical chairs — Week 8, 2024

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers mechanical rights in the United States, has disclosed the names of the six persons appointed to the Nashville-based music rights organisation’s advisory committees.Committee appointments are for three-year terms. “The MLC Board and its nominating committee appreciate all the submissions by writers and publishers who want to do their part by working with The MLC on these important committees,” said The MLC’s Board Chair. ...

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Key figures — Week 8, 2024

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$22.7 billion

That’s Live Nation's revenues for 2023, up 36% year-on-year, according to the company's year-end earnings report. For the fourth quarter, Live Nation reported revenues of $5.84bn, an increase of 36% over the same quarter last year. Live Nation staged more than 50,000 concerts in 2023, attended by more than 145 million people worldwide. 

$1.1 billion

That’s the film box-office (RMB8.02 billion) in China during the Lunar New Year holiday period (Feb...

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