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Courtesy of ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has announced it has hired CML Consultancy Services PLT to work on the PRO's Asia-Pacific strategy and help expand revenue opportunities. According to CISAC, 2016 performance rights revenues from the Asia-Pacific region were up 5.6% last year with total collections at over EUR 1.2 (about $1.29 billion).

Led by Miew Lan Chan, CML Consultancy Services will fill the role formerly held by Willie Yeung, ASCAP regional director, international, who retired at the end of 2016 after more than 20 years with ASCAP. The new firm will begin work on April 1.

“As a global organization, ASCAP is focused on protecting and serving creators and rights-holders around the world,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews in a statement, “we are thrilled to bring on CML Consultancy Services with Miew Lan Chan’s expertise and vision to help expand our Asia-Pacific business."

“The Asia-Pacific region continues to grow in importance as a market for music," Lan Chan added. "Working with ASCAP presents a unique opportunity to explore innovative approaches to global rights management for the benefit of songwriters, composers and music publishers and to expand opportunities with our partners in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Lan Chan, the principal of CML Consultancy Services, has more than two decades of experience as a senior performance rights executive as GM of MACP.  Since joining MACP in 1994, Chan increased revenue from MYR $2 million to a record MYR $60 million in 2016, while holding operational costs at 10 percent.  Chan has also served as vice chairman, CISAC Asia Pacific Committee; as director of music rights Malaysia Berhad; on the Board of Governors of the Asian Academy Music Arts & Science; and as Director & Treasurer of Malaysian Music Industry Cooperative.