AMPAL elects new board members, General Manager to exit

At its recent annual general meeting the Australasian Music Publishers Association elected Jane English ­ managing director of Music Sales ­ and Matthew Donlevy of Frankdon Music to its board of directors. Re-elected to the board were Bob Aird of Universal Music Publishing, Simon Moor from Kobalt and Philip Walker from Origin Music.

The AGM also learnt that Jeremy Fabinyi would be stepping down as General Manager of the Association in the new year. The board has begun the process of recruiting a replacement.

Fabinyi has held the post since 2012 after returning to Australia after a ten year stint in Europe that included senior positions at international authors rights organisations CISAC and BIEM in Paris and at MCPS and PRS in the UK. He also served as interim CEO at PRS for Music.

Prior to leaving Australia he was Group Managing Director of Festival Mushroom Records and Festival Publishing and Festival Studios. He held the post of CEO of AMPAL & AMCOS during the 1990s and was the principal of artist management company Mental Management responsible for the management of, among others, Mental as Anything, The Wiggles, The Cockroaches and Machinations. He began his career as a radio and TV journalist with the ABC.

The chair of AMPAL, Matthew Capper told the meeting: 'On behalf of the AMPAL Board and the members, I would like to express our thanks to Jeremy for his dedication to AMPAL and his excellent stewardship of the company. Jeremy has done an incredible job in guiding and invigorating the organisation, and we are very thankful to have had someone of Jeremy¹s calibre and expertise to represent the interests of AMPAL and its members.'

Jeremy Fabinyi thanked the board, the chair and the company secretary for their support during his tenure. 'I have enjoyed my time at AMPAL immensely and look forward to the organisation carrying on its good work on behalf of Australian and New Zealand music publishers and the authors and composers they represent.'