Veteran artist manager John Glover of London-based Blueprint Management has joined independent administration and worldwide rights collection agency Compact Collections.

Glover says the move marks the next step in the restructuring and expansion of the agency's music division. The artist manager has worked with acts including Free, 1980s U.K. hit-makers ABC and singer-songwriter Beverley Craven in a 40-year career.

He is a founder member and former chairman of the Music Managers Forum (U.K.) and was previously director of enforcement for artists' public performance royalty collection agency AURA, which was absorbed into U.K. collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd last year.

Glover joins Compact Collections management team with a role to increase revenues and representative opportunities for Compact clients at home and abroad. He arrives on the heels of former MMF general secretary James Sellar who joined in December 2006 as director of operations, music services.

Blueprint's current client roster includes 1990s hit-maker Craven, former Spandau Ballet vocalist Tony Hadley, ABC frontman Martin Fry and R&B vocalist Alison Limerick. They are now also Compact clients, Glover notes. "I discussed it with them," he says, "and they, like I, felt they needed a more independent voice, to make sure performers get their correct share. They have all followed me in the last few weeks to add to the clients [Sellar] has brought in over the last six months."

Sellar declines to name any of the artists he has brought to Compact. He notes that Glover takes a company-wide "roving commission" in his role, which carries no formal job title.

London-based Compact was launched 12 years ago as a joint venture with trade body the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television to manage the collection of revenues within the film and TV markets.

Compact claims that more than £100 million ($198 million) has been distributed on behalf of clients. Among the corporate names which use the company's services are TV/film production companies FremantleMedia Enterprises, Granada International and Capitol Films.