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Jo Smith  

Jo SmithApril 2014 – Warner/Chappell Music UK, Director of Legal and Business Affairs

Responsible for leading the legal team negotiating the terms of publishing deals. Advise on the legal terms of Pan-European digital licensing agreements with DSPs. Oversee negotiations with partners responsible for processing digital files and calculating payments due from digital services. Provide legal advice on new digital and offline commercial uses of music.

April 2014 – Board Member of the Music Publishers Association (MPA)

Vocal member of the Board seeking to safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them at government and EU level, including making representations at the European Commission as to the value of copyright and the impact upon the songwriters, the industry and the UK in the event of detrimental copyright reform.

Jan 2012 – April 2014 Sony/ATV, Director of Legal & Business Affairs

Responsible for leading the legal team in all commercial transactions undertaken in the UK, including songwriter agreements, sub-publishing agreements, production music agreements and IT agreements. A member of the senior management team.

2006 - March 2014 EMI Music Publishing, VP, Legal & Business Affairs

Responsible for managing publishing and business agreements throughout Continental Europe during a period of extreme corporate change and the company’s ultimate acquisition by a consortium led by the Sony Corporation of America.

2003 - 2006 Consultancy roles at Warner/Chappell Music and Island Records

1996 – 2002 Russells Solicitors

Trained and qualified as a lawyer acting on behalf of individuals and companies from all areas of the music industry, including songwriters and artists, record labels, music publishers, agents, promoters, managers.

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Proposed for appointment by: Bucks Music Group Ltd, Faber Music Ltd, Nicky Graham, Crispin Hunt, Imagem UK Ltd, Steve Levine, Novello & Co Ltd, Molly Nyman, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd and Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

Current and recent directorships: Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew Limited, Bubbles Music Limited, Burlington Music Limited, Cpm Music Limited (Formerly Photoplay), Crml Limited, Chappell Morris Limited, Chappell Music Limited, Destiny Music Limited, Diplomat Music Limited, Dizzy Heights Music Publishing Limited, Ffrr Music Limited, Glissando Music Limited, Jv: Jewel Music Publishing Company Limited, Magnet Music Limited, Palace Music Co Limited, Throat Music Limited, Warner Chappell Music Limited, Warner Chappell Music International Limited, Warner/Chappell Mlm Limited, Warner/Chappell Tm Limited, Warner Chappell Production Music Limited, Warner Chappell Music Publishing Limited, Warner Chappell Uk Limited, Warner Chappell Artemis Music Limited, Warner Chappell Limited, Warner Chappell North America Limited, Warner Chappell Music Group Limited, Warner Chappell Overseas Holdings Limited, Truth And Justice Music Publishing Limited, Mantra Limited.

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