Crispin Evans is a lawyer by background but has worked in the Music Publishing business for over thirty five years. He has held senior positions at a number of major publishers including EMI Music Publishing (1977 to 1989), PolyGram International Music Publishing (1989 to 1999) and Universal Music Publishing International (1999 to 2005). While at PolyGram he lead the company’s ligation (together with the members of U2) against the PRS.
While working for these publishing companies he was on the Board of the (UK) Music Publishers Association for sixteen years and he was also on the Boards of both of the UK collective rights associations (PRS for six years and MCPS for sixteen years). Crispin Evans was a founder director of the International Music Publishers Association (IMPA) and was on the board of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). Crispin Evans helped with a number of key initiatives for the music publishing business including the MCPS Membership Agreement, the Cannes Agreements (together with the EU regulatory issues that arose) and numerous other publisher related issues in the UK and abroad. Crispin Evans has also dealt with some major user related issues (Copyright Tribunals in 1992 and 2006) and several negotiations with larger users companies such as the BBC.
After leaving Universal Music Publishing Crispin Evans was General Counsel of MCPS and PRS (2005 – 2007) and had responsibility for all legal, regulatory and political matters. He also controlled all Legal, International and Public Affairs and was on the board of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). Since 2007, Crispin Evans has taken on a number of roles giving independent advice on music publishing matters to writers and music publishers (major and independent) and TV companies and Digital services. A significant part of this work was to create licensing structures and schemes for rights holders so that their rights could be made more easily available and more valuable. He is a non-exclusive consultant to two law firms (Sound Advice in the UK and Sukin Law Group in the US) as well as owning or having an interest in three UK start up music publishing companies. The principal business is Cote Basque Music Publishing which is a small boutique company looking after some veteran writers from the UK, the US and France and which has also signed a number of young emerging writers. For 12 months (second half of 2012 and first half of 2013) Crispin Evans was the independent manager of the catalogues of Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing which have now been divested to BMG following commitments given to the European Commission.