MIDEM will launch its inaugural International Publishing Summit next month, in association with the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP).

It will be staged Jan. 20 as part of the MIDEM international music market at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

The line-up for the International Publishing Summit includes a debate between André de Raaff, CEO of Imagem Music, and Ralph Peer II, Chairman and CEO of Peermusic.

"We have created this new event to respond to changes in the music market where publishers are playing an increasingly important role," said Dominique Leguern, director of MIDEM, in a statement.

"The rapid growth of digital has transformed the profession of publishing and new revenue sources are emerging. This summit will bring together players from the publishing sector from around the world. In a series of conferences, they will discuss new economic models, licences and innovation and will exchange views on their different ways of working and solutions for the future."

In addition to the debate, the program will feature three other conference events covering initiatives to improve cooperation between publishers, labels and collecting societies; maximising licensing and business opportunities from lyrics; and the ways rights collectors can better meet the needs of publishers through new services and clearer statements.

Companies and industry bodies taking part include EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, ASCAP, IFPI, KODA, MCPS-PRS Alliance, MPA and SACEM.

MIDEM takes place from Jan. 18 to 21. Organizers have also confirmed that Eric Clapton's manager will be taking part in the International Manager Summit on Jan. 19.

Meanwhile, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, has been confirmed as a keynote at MidemNet, the international forum that focuses on the music business in the digital age. MidemNet takes place on Jan. 17-18 in Cannes as part of MIDEM.