ICMP announces new director general

chris butler john phelan

The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has appointed John Phelan (left) as its new director general.

Phelan will succeed incumbent Coco Carmona from 1 October, and brings a background encompassing law, Conservatoire music training and several years as a professional musician to the confederation.

He also worked extensively in EU digital policy, including intellectual property regulation, before spending the past three years at trade body IFPI, representing the recorded music sector.

In his new role, Phelan reports directly to ICMP’s board of directors.

Chris Butler (right), chair of the ICMP board said: ‘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.

‘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.”

Phelan added: ‘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.’

ICMP is the world trade association representing the interests of the music publishing community internationally.

As the voice of music publishers, and a community of composers and songwriters, ICMP’s mission is to increase copyright protection, encourage a better business environment and act as a global industry forum.