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John Phelan

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John Phelan is Director General of ICMP – the music publishing industry’s global trade body.

ICMP’s membership includes the Majors, more than 1,000 Indies and 64 different national trade associations across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australasia and Asia-Pacific.

Our industry works in direct partnership with songwriters and composers, of all genres, to bring almost 100 million musical works (more than 90% of the world’s music) to all formats – digital, TV, radio, games, print, hard copy, live and more. ICMP optimises the business, legal and regulatory conditions for our sector to flourish worldwide.

Belfast-born, John’s background is steeped in music, having worked for many years as a professional performer. He has studied law, orchestral conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, lectured at universities such as Lausanne and The Paris School of Business Management. He currently serves on several industry and public authority Boards. His love of music covers everything from Public Enemy to Puccini, Shostakovich to Stiff Little Fingers, J Dilla to Jon Hopkins.


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