IP expert take new role with Alliance.

Sarah Faulder is returning to the British music industry. With effect from Sept. 4, Faulder will assume the newly-created role as public affairs director for the MCPS-PRS Alliance in London.

She will relocate from Paris, where she has served since November 2005 as chargée de mission to BIEM, the International Bureau of Mechanical Rights Societies, and as senior consultant with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. She will regularly commute to Brussels.

Prior to her current roles, she served as CEO of Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. for nearly nine years.

In her new role, Faulder will focus on government relations, specifically on the European Commission and European Parliament. She will be responsible for promoting the interests of the Alliance and its members directly to EU policy makers. She will also liaise closely with British Music Rights, an umbrella body representing authors' societies the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the MPA and the Alliance.

"This is a particularly testing time for all collecting societies and the Alliance is wise to recognize the value in liaising directly with policy makers," comments Faulder in a statement."

"Sarah's complete understanding of our industry and her experience of EU and UK government liaison, mean that she is exactly the right candidate for our first in-house public affairs role," comments the Alliance's general counsel Crispin Evans, to whom she reports.

An attorney, Faulder came to the MPA after 16 years' service with Taylor Wessing (then known as Taylor Joynson Garrett), a London law firm where she had specialized in intellectual property--particularly music--and became a partner in 1985.