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Publishing, royalty orgs divide duties

NMPA, Harry Fox move marks return to separate management

The National Music Publishers Assn. and the Harry Fox Agency have decided to split the management responsibilities of the two entities. Move marks a return to years past, when the two orgs were led by separate management.

The NMPA handles legislative and industrywide legal issues, intra-industry rate negotiations and international relations. HFA is responsible for licensing, collections, distribution of royalties and auditing.

Under the planned reorganization, set to begin in the fall, current NMPA and HFA chief executive officer Ed Murphy will continue to helm the former. The orgs’ board will begin searching for a new prexy-CEO for the Harry Fox Agency immediately.

“The boards wish to commend the tireless efforts of the staff of HFA and NMPA,” NMPA and HFA boards chair Irwin Robinson said. “This reorganization will enhance the staff’s efforts to serve the clients and customers of HFA.

“This century will be dominated by revolutionary growth in new communications media, which will be accompanied by the blurring of traditional boundaries. NMPA is fully committed to its role in guaranteeing the full and successful participation of the American music community in this burgeoning world of global commerce.”

Founded in 1917, the NMPA works to protect and advance the interest of the music publishing industry. Its 700 members represent the most significant music publishing companies in the U.S.

The HFA provides an information source and a clearinghouse; it also monitors the licensing of musical compositions and reps 23,000 music publishers.

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