John Phelan

John Phelan

Director General


September 26, 2019 @ 10:50 am
Understanding Global Licensing in 2019

John Phelan is Director General of ICMP, the world trade association representing the music publishing community globally.

ICMP’s members include the 3 ‘Majors’ (Sony-ATV, Universal Music, Warner Chappell Music), hundreds of ‘Indies’ and 51 national music publishers’ associations from across North, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Asia. 

John’s background encompasses music conservatoire training (studies at The St. Petersburg State Conservatoire, Russia); law (studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland); and several years as a professional musician. He was subsequently steeped in digital policy and legislative issues for international bodies such as The Nordic Council of Ministers and recorded music trade body IFPI.

A Belfast-born native, Johnny has had a lifelong love affair with an array of music - from Public Enemy to Puccini; Broken Social Scene to Bowie; Shostakovich to Stiff Little Fingers; folk to fado, traditional to pop. He has worked on law reform projects across the world and is very proud to work at ICMP on behalf of the music publishing community’s interests. ICMP’s work includes copyright defence, law reform worldwide, trade policy, provision of information to our worldwide Membership and serving as an interlocutor with international institutions and governments.