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Utopia Music parts ways with Swiss-based company co-founder Mattias Hjelmstedt

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The revolving door at Utopia Music continues to spin. The latest episode in the company's saga sees co-founder and former CEO Mattias Hjelmstedt leaving the company.

Hjelmstedt position had become unstable in the past few months. He served as Executive Chairman of the Zug, Switzerland-based music and data company from February to October 2023, until Alain Couttolenc was appointed CEO, himself replaced in January by Michael Stebler..

Hjelmstedt's return to the Chairmanship of the co...

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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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AEPO-ARTIS’ outlines key priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU

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AEPO-ARTIS — the organisation representing 39 European performers' collective management organisations from 29 different countries — has urged the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union to focus on "strengthening cultural participation and the role of culture in society" as priorities of the European Work Plan forCulture 2023-2026.

In a letter to Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who acts as President of the Council for the European Union for the six months ending December 31, 2024...

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Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and BMG seal a strategic partnership

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Montréal-based Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Bertelsmann-owned music company BMG have announced a new strategic partnership to manage Cirque du Soleil’s music catalogue and "explore a range of music-oriented collaborative initiatives."

Under the agreement, BMG will now serve as the record label home for Cirque du Soleil’s catalogue of original scores, soundtracks, and new album releases, as well as the music publishing home administering its compositions. In addition, the two part...

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Reservoir Media signs singer-songwriter Wrabel to a global publishing deal

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has signed a new global publishing agreement with singer-songwriter Wrabel, in a deal that includes his future works.

Based in Los Angeles, Wrabel began his career co-writing songs by pop and rock artists such as Teddy Swims, Kesha, P!nk, Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert, and Phillip Phillips, as well as EDM artists Kygo and Marshmello, among others.

Wrabel said, “I am thrilled and honored to join forces with Reservoir. I have had so mu...

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