John Phelan has been appointed Director General of The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP).
Phelan, who succeeds outgoing Director General Coco Carmona, will report directly to ICMP’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the ICMP, he spent three years representing the recorded music sector at trade body IFPI.
“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,” said Chris Butler, Chair of the ICMP Board.
“John has impressive music industry credentials.”
Chris Butler, ICMP
“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.”
John Phelan said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to serving ICMP’s music publisher members worldwide. 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.”
Coco Carmona added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Board, members and all of ICMP’s stakeholders across the world. It has been a privilege to be surrounded by such a knowledgeable group of professionals and I am proud to be leaving the Confederation in such good shape.”
Phelan’s background is in law, Conservatoire training in music and several years as a professional musician. He has also worked extensively in EU digital policy, including IP regulation.Music Business Worldwide