Rawan Al-Dabbas appointed MENA regional director of IFPI

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Rawan Al-Dabbas has been appointed to the newly created post of IFPI Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Al-Dabbas will lead IFPI’s work across the region to promote recorded music, expand its commercial uses, and campaign for record producers.

Al-Dabbas will report to the Director General of IFPI, Frances Moore, and will be based in the Abu Dhabi Free Trade Zone (TwoFour54).

It will also open the first IFPI office in the MENA region.

According to the IFPI Global Music Report, the recorded revenue of the music industry for the MENA region increased by 37.8% in 2020, reaching $ 63.4 million, mainly due to the growth of music streaming.

Prior to joining IFPI, Al-Dabbas was responsible for legal and international relations at the Emirates Publishers Association.

There, she facilitated the association’s interaction with local, regional and international stakeholders on a range of issues relevant to the UAE publishing industry, particularly in the area of ​​collective management.

“Our decision to relocate to the MENA region demonstrates the enthusiasm and opportunities we see in the region. “

Frances Moore, IFPI

Frances Moore, Executive Director of IFPI, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Rawan to IFPI.

“Her deep legal and political experience positions her perfectly to help strengthen the music community in the MENA region. Our decision to relocate to the MENA region demonstrates the enthusiasm and opportunities we see in the region.

“With a rapidly growing streaming market, a rich mix of local and international music, and investments from labels and streaming services, the future of the MENA music market is bright.

“In recent years we have also seen positive steps taken to properly recognize and value music rights, and we will continue to work with governments in the region to ensure that this continues. “

“Our work will help accelerate and further stimulate this regional musical evolution. “

Rawan Al-Dabbas

Rawan Al-Dabbas, said: “It is an exciting time to join IFPI and work with our member record labels to support the continued growth and development of the recording industry in the MENA region – especially now with the flourishing music market in the region.

“Our work will help accelerate and further stimulate this regional musical evolution. “

“We are delighted to welcome Rawan.

Mike Fairburn, Sony Music Entertainment Middle East

Mike Fairburn, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Middle East, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rawan, who brings a wealth of experience and understanding of creative ecosystems to this exciting new role as the head of the company’s first office. ‘IFPI in the MENA region.

“We look forward to helping deepen IFPI’s relationship in the region through Rawan’s appointment and working collaboratively with her and the industry at large to support artists, labels, partners and artists. regional industry legislators. “

“This is an extremely exciting time for the music industry in the Middle East and North Africa. “

Moe Hamzeh, Warner Music Middle East

Moe Hamzeh, Managing Director of Warner Music Middle East, said: “These are extremely exciting times for the music industry in the Middle East and North Africa.

“We have long hosted incredible artists, but the growing digital penetration means that we are now directly reaching over 400 million people in the region and monetizing their enormous enthusiasm for music.

“But we can only continue to do this and generate income to invest in the next generation of artists if the countries in the region provide us with a decent legal framework in which we can operate, and that is where the role of IFPI MENA will be crucial. “

“We welcome with great enthusiasm the appointment of Rawan and the launch of the IFPI MENA regional office.

Patrick Boulos, Universal Music

Patrick Boulos, CEO of Universal Music MENA, said: “We welcome with great enthusiasm the appointment of Rawan and the launch of the IFPI MENA regional office.

“These important developments reflect the great potential and incredible cultural diversity of the region.

“We look forward to working on behalf of the region’s music community, especially our work to support the development of the region’s many talented and exciting artists. “Music trade around the world

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