IMPF and IMPEL launch Digital Licensing Handbook for members

The publication is the latest outcome of IMPF and IMPEL’s Charter of Co-operation

Brussels/London, 19th July 2021

IMPF and IMPEL are set to jointly publish a Digital Licensing Handbook, which will be available exclusively for the independent publisher members of the two organisations.

Written by Jane Dyball – former CEO of MPA UK, MCPS and IMPEL, and a highly experienced negotiator of digital licenses from her previous role with Warner Chappell Music – the handbook seeks to give independent publishers the tools and information needed to ensure their fair and proper compensation for their unique contribution to the music business.

The handbook offers real world insights and advice around every stage of the digital licensing process from fee structures to deal negotiation to distribution, DSP relationship management, creative opportunities, international outreach and more.

The handbook is the latest initiative of IMPF and IMPEL under the Charter of Co-operation they signed last year. The two organisations are committed to working together on the myriad of issues they have in common with a view to empowering independent publishers and enabling them to assert the value of their repertoire.

The handbook will be launched in an online meeting, exclusive to their members, on Thursday 22 July at 16.00 CET, 15.00 UK, where leading music industry journalist Emmanuel Legrand will be in conversation with Jane Dyball, together with Francesca Trainini of Oyez! Music, Michael Closter of Reach Music, and with an introduction from Annette Barrett, President of IMPF and Sarah Williams, CEO of IMPEL.

IMPF and IMPEL are working together to better the circumstances and environment for independent publishers and the Digital Licensing Handbook is one of the outcomes of this joint undertaking.  We are so pleased to publish it this week and we look forward to engaging with our members to amplify our voice in the digital licensing sphere.”  Annette Barrett, President of IMPF

“We are on the road to a more confident, more knowledgeable and more assertive independent sector, and sharing knowledge and expertise in this way represents an important gear shift. This is just the start.” Simon Platz, Chair of IMPEL


IMPF is a network and meeting place for independent music publishers globally. We want to take advantage of the incredible opportunities to have our music on every service, licensed easily and without borders. And most importantly, we want our writers and our companies rewarded fairly for their work.