Global recorded music trade body IFPI has appointed Jørn Dalchow, managing director of Norwegian independent record company daWorks, to its Main Board – alongside Norman Abdul Halim, one of the pre-eminent figures of the music industry in Malaysia.
Jørn Dalchow has more than 25 years’ experience in the music business, working for 13 years in Norway’s largest record company PolyGram/Universal Music as product manager, product developer, marketing manager and A&R manager. He is also a graphic designer who has designed more than 300 album and 500 singles covers.
At daWorks, which was established in 2000, he represents artists including a1, Carina Dahl, Erlend Bratland and Ovi.
Dalchow will represent European independent record companies on the IFPI Main Board. It is the first time Norway has had a representative on the IFPI Main Board.
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: “I am pleased to welcome Jørn Dalchow to IFPI’s Main Board where he will represent European independent record labels. He has a strong track record of working with artists in one of the markets that has most transformed over the last 15 years. His perspective in discussions at the IFPI Main Board will be invaluable.”
Jørn Dalchow added: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to represent the views of Europe’s independent record companies at the IFPI Main Board.
“We have seen the music market change radically in Norway in recent years and similar changes are now affecting larger markets. I hope I can bring some of the learnings we have made in Norway to the table as we discuss how artists and producers can best prosper in a fast-changing digital world.”
Meanwhile, Norman Abdul Halim joins both the Main Board and Asia Regional Executive Board of IFPI.
Norman Halim is the executive president of KRU Music, a leading Malaysian independent label, as well as chairman of the Recording Industry of Malaysia (RIM).
He rose to prominence as part of the Malaysian pop group KRU, alongside his two brothers, before founding the KRU Group in 1992 which pioneered the production of digital music, film and television content in Malaysia.
Halim also holds numerous other prestigious positions including serving as the chairman of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives & Consumerism’s National Anti-Piracy Awareness Committee and the vice president of the Malaysian Film Producers’ Association.
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: “I am delighted to welcome Norman Halim to IFPI’s Main Board, as well as our Asian Regional Executive Board. He brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise both as an artist and a producer that will help to support our goal of developing the recorded music business internationally and securing sustainable market growth.
“The IFPI Boards look forward to the new perspectives, insights and innovative ideas that Norman will provide as we continue to focus on supporting our members worldwide.”
Norman Abdul Halim adds: “It gives me great pleasure to accept this honour of representing the Malaysian music industry and the Asian independent music labels on an international level.
“I offer my appreciation to IFPI for this esteemed opportunity to work alongside and support established global music industry leaders in performing their essential roles to create thriving music business communities worldwide.”
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