Jane Dyball appointed MCPS chief executive

The board of the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) has appointed Jane Dyball to the newly created post of chief executive, effective from 1 January 2014.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 28 Nov 2013
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Dyball, former senior vice president with Warner/Chappell, will oversee the licensing and distribution of mechanical rights on behalf of all MCPS members.

She will also head up the Independent Music Publishers’ European Licensing (IMPEL) initiative, a digital licensing solution which offers music services a single multi-territory licence for the mechanical rights of a group of key independent music publishers.

Dyball said: ‘This is certainly an interesting time to be running a mechanical rights collection society but I relish a challenge and look forward to making sure no stone is unturned in looking for new ways to deliver value to our writer and publisher members, so that they can continue to invest in creativity.

‘I also can’t wait to rejoin the world of the indie publishers where I started my career, and I know I will love helping them ride the ups and downs of the exciting digital roller coaster.’

MCPS chairman Chris Butler added: ‘We are delighted to have made this appointment. From an outstanding field of candidates Jane was our unanimous choice to take MCPS forward on behalf of all its members.

‘The board of MCPS and I look forward to working with Jane, our service providers at PRS, and our licensees in order to generate maximum value for publishers and writers in the multi-channel mechanical rights business.’

Dyball recently left Warner/Chappell Music after more than 20 years with the publisher.  She has also served on the boards of MCPS, PRS, the Music Publishers Association and the International Music Publishers Association.

Her appointment to MCPS follows the restructuring of the MCPS-PRS Alliance in July, an agreement which now sees MCPS contract PRS to provide royalty processing and other administrative services.