Long-time British publishing executive Crispin Evans is to join U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance as general counsel, with effect from August.

Long-time British publishing executive Crispin Evans is to join U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance as general counsel, with effect from August.

In his new role, Evans will be part of the society's management board. He will share responsibility for high-level strategic, commercial and board issues.

Evans will join the London-based body from Universal Music Publishing International, where he was most recently senior VP, international legal and business affairs.

"In Crispin we have secured one of the great advocates of the music industry," comments MCPS-PRS group CEO Adam Singer. "His international experience combined with his pragmatic commercialism will benefit all members of MCPS and PRS and will help the alliance become a more effective voice in preserving the value and importance of music.'

A qualified barrister, Evans has more than 25 years' experience in music publishing, including stints with EMI and Polygram, which is now incorporated into Universal Music Group.

The position of general counsel was created after long-standing counsel David Lester exited the music industry in March to pursue personal interests.

The MCPS-PRS Alliance is a jointly-owned operational venture between Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and Performing Right Society.

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