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Executive Turntable: Royalty Network Names Black Empowerment Advisory Council, Grand Hustle Founder Launches Music Incubator

Indie publisher The Royalty Network has launched Black Empowerment Thru Music, a new program designed to connect emerging black musicians, producers, songwriters and entrepreneurs with music industry leaders. As part of the initiative, the company is now inviting professional and established musicians, artists, attorneys, songwriters and others to get involved in the effort in a...

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Publishing Briefs: Boz Scaggs Signs With Concord, Warner Chappell Expands China Presence and More

Concord Music Publishing has signed an exclusive administration agreement with artist and songwriter Boz Scaggs in North America. The deal covers Scaggs’ catalog from 1968 to the present and all his releases going forward. Scaggs has been releasing music for more than 50 years, with highlights including tracks such as “Lido Shuffle,” “It’s Over,” “What...

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Downtown Music Hosting Virtual ‘Summer School’ Classes in Lieu of Traditional Internships

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the U.S., in-person internships won’t be happening on a wide scale his summer, robbing students and post-grads of valuable on-the-job training and networking opportunities. To fill the gap, companies in various industries are now offering virtual continuing education programs for the next generation of business leaders. On the music...

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SoundExchange, Recording Academy & More Launch ‘Fair Trade’ Campaign to Pay Creators Abroad: Exclusive

SoundExchange estimates that U.S. creators are globally losing out on roughly $330 million in royalties every year. Anytime there is a royalty for the use of a sound recording in the U.S., the music creator is entitled to receive it, regardless of the creator’s nationality and their copyright laws back home. The same is not true around...

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Saban Music Group & UMPG Enter Global Administration Agreement

Saban Music Group announced today (June 23) an exclusive, global administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. According to a statement, the deal further strengthens the partnership between Universal and SMG, founded in 2019 by Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group LLC and spearheaded by CEO Latin music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez....

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Mike Smith Named Global President of Downtown Music Publishing

Mike Smith has been named global president of Downtown Music Publishing, a newly-created position. Smith will officially assume the role on Sept. 1 out of the company’s London office, directly reporting to Downtown Music Holdings CEO Justin Kalifowitz. Smith was most recently managing director at Warner Chappell Music in the U.K., where he oversaw the signings of...

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ASCAP Launches Internship Program for Students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities

The deadline for submission is June 29. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the launch of a new paid internship program for students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As part of the summer program, which runs through July and August, the performance rights organization will offer five...

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Downtown Launches New Neighboring Rights Division Led by Dean Francis

Downtown Music Holdings has cemented its commitment to neighboring rights by establishing a brand-new division, Downtown Neighbouring Rights, which the company describes as a “stand-alone business unit dedicated specifically to performance royalties.” The division will be steered by Dean Francis, who has led neighboring rights collections for Downtown since joining the company in 2018 and...

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A2IM Indie Week Dives Into Data: Mechanical Licensing Collective, What Numbers Matter Most & More

In the third quarter of this year, the still-being built Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) plans to launch its portal so that music rights holders will be able to scrutinize its data to ensure their copyrights are correctly listed — a key ingredient in making sure everyone receives proper renumeration from streaming services. That was one...

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Former Curb VP Ryan Dokke Joins Dallas Davidson’s Publishing Company as CEO

Industry veteran Ryan Dokke has joined Play It Again Music as CEO, Billboard has learned exclusively, as the publishing company — owned by songwriter Dallas Davidson (“What Makes You Country,” “Just a Kiss”) — looks to widen its role in the country business. Dokke started the job on June1, just days after ending a run...

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