John Phelan named new director general of ICMP


The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has announced its next director general will be John Phelan.

Currently IFPI’s representative for the recorded music sector, the Irish national will take over from Coco Carmona at the ICMP on October 1.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to serving ICMP’s music publisher members worldwide,” said Phelan.

“Copyright rules, market trends and the means of engagement with music are continually evolving. In the last week alone, both Europe and the US have addressed separate issues of major importance for online music. ICMP will be at the forefront of this evolution and we are keen to meet all the attendant challenges head on.” 

Welcoming the new director general, ICMP’s chair of board Chris Butler also paid tribute to his predecessor. 

“On behalf of the ICMP Board, I would like to thank Coco for her significant contribution to the Confederation and I wish her all the very best in her future endeavours,” he said. “John has impressive music industry credentials through his work at IFPI, and I have no doubt that he will play a key role in advancing the interests of music publishers across the globe.”

Carmona said she had enjoyed her time at the ICMP declaring: “I am proud to be leaving the Confederation in such good shape.”

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