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  • Mr John Phelan
    Director General


John Phelan is Director General of ICMP, the global trade body music publishing companies. ICMP’s membership includes the ‘Majors’, more than 1,000 ‘Indies’ and 54 national associations across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australasia and Asia-Pacific.

ICMP’s member companies and national associations work in partnership with songwriters and composers across the world to bring more than 90% of the world’s music to TV, radio, print, digital and live formats. Our sector also invests constantly in advancing the technology by which people discover and access music. 

John’s background is steeped in music, having started violin and piano studies as a child and going on to play in many symphony orchestras and string quartets. He studied law and then orchestral conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. He previously worked for label trade body IFPI before his appointment to ICMP. John has lectured at Lausanne University and Paris’ School of Business Management.