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Music publisher appoints new chief

Janis Susskind has been named managing director of Boosey & Hawkes UK. John Minch becomes head of B&H worldwide.

Janis has been a driving force within the firm longer than I have been writing about music – and that’s quite a while.

She was also married to a past managing director, Tony Fell, from 1993 to his death last year. Throughout three turbulent decades, Janis has been a rock for composers and hard place for people who try to rip them off.

Here’s the official stuff:

26 September 2012 for immediate release
Boosey & Hawkes, part of the Imagem Music Group, is delighted
to announce that Janis Susskind has been promoted to Managing
Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited. This formally
recognises her role as the executive responsible for all classical music
publishing on the Board of the Imagem UK company.
Janis Susskind joined Boosey & Hawkes in 1980, learning the
publishing business from the ground up and building a knowledgeable
and highly gifted promotion team. Susskind became a Boosey &
Hawkes director in 1997 and joined its Board in 2004 as Publishing
Director. She has led the expansion of the composer list to
encompass many of the leading figures in classical music today,
including Louis Andriessen, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Karl
Jenkins, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan and Mark-Anthony
Turnage, and has fostered a dynamic international approach to the
promotion of composers and the catalogue as a whole. Under her
direction, the company’s revenues from new music have doubled
since 2004.
Susskind has been active in the UK music scene since the early
1980s, including roles as Chairman of the Society for the Promotion
of New Music, Trustee of the Royal College of Music (receiving an
HonRCM in 2007), a member of Arts Council England’s Music and
Stabilisation advisory panels and a Board member of the Birmingham
Contemporary Music Group and the record company NMC. Currently
a Trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation, she recently completed
two four-year terms on the Board of English National Opera. She
has recently joined the Board of the International Artist Managers’
Association (IAMA).
John Minch, worldwide Chief Executive of Boosey & Hawkes, says:
“This promotion is long overdue, and recognises the role that Janis
has in the company. I am delighted for her.

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  1. Many congratulations to Janis, who has turned Boosey & Hawkes into a dynamic publishing house!

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