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Paul Clements Appointed CEO of UK Music Publishers Association Group

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Paul Clements has been tapped to succeed Jane Dyball as CEO of the MPA Group, the trade association for U.K. music publishers. Currently executive director at collection society PRS for Music, Clements will join MPS in February, six months after Dyball announced her departure following five years in the role.

"We are delighted that Paul is joining us as CEO of our group," said MPA chair Jackie Alway. "His ability to engage on issues with intellectual focus, as well as communicate with clarity and passion makes us excited about his future advocacy on behalf of our community. In addition, he brings a keen business brain which will help expand the reach of our PMLL business."

Clements has spent north of 20 years at PRS for Music, rising to commercial director and, last year, to executive director for membership, international and licensing following Karen Buse's departure.

In a statement, Clements said he is "looking forward to building upon the solid foundations of Jane Dyball and her team’s excellent work over the past five years."

During her time at the head of London-based MPA Group, Dyball oversaw a major restructuring of its separate companies, bringing together MPA, Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) -- which licenses mechanical (or reproduction) copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members -- under one roof.

"It is a tribute to Jane Dyball’s excellent stewardship that we were able to attract such a high calibre of candidates as MCPS enters the next phase of development," added MCPS chair Chris Butler. "We are excited to have secured Paul’s appointment and look to the future with confidence."


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