Thu, 2nd July 2015
Yesterday, Wednesday 1st July, the Music Publishers Association held its AGM at The Royal Institution, London. Placing a focus on the continued success of UK music publishers, songwriters and composers in the USA, the event featured a guest speech from Matthew W. Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK, alongside a keynote interview between award-winning songwriter Wayne Hector and the Financial Times' pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney. Nigel Elderton was the recipient of an MPA Gold Badge. ...
Thu, 2nd July 2015
Ahead of this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations, the Music Publishers Association (MPA) can reveal that British songwriters and composers represented by our members contributed to more than 1 in 3 (38%) of Billboard’s Year End 100 US albums for 2014 - including those by Taylor Swift, Eminem and Katy Perry.
It is the third year in succession that this threshold has been crossed - with compositions by UK writers included on 39% of Billboard’s Year End 100 US albums in 2012 and 35% of albums in...
Wed, 17th June 2015
A keynote interview between award-winning songwriter Wayne Hector and Financial Times’ pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney will provide a centrepiece for the MPA’s annual AGM, taking place on Wednesday 1st July, at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Carrying a strong US theme ahead of the weekend’s 4th of July celebrations, this year’s event will be largely dedicated to the continued export successes of UK music publishers and composers in the world’s largest music market.
Tue, 9th June 2015
Nominations are now open for the 13th annual British Composer Awards - celebrating the work of contemporary composers in the UK and honouring emerging forms of classical, jazz and ‘sonic art’.
Presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music, and encompassing twelve categories for works that received their UK première between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, the awards are a valuable showcase for contemporary composers.
To nominate a work for the British Composer Awards, please visit the ‘...
Fri, 5th June 2015
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is delighted to announce that Jackie Alway, Universal Music Publishing’s VP International Legal and Industry Affairs, will become the Association’s new Chairwoman, following elections by the MPA board. She will take up the position following the MPA AGM on July 1st 2015.
Jackie brings with her experience at the highest levels of the music industry, both in the UK and globally - specialising in public policy, digital licensing and society relations for the...
Fri, 1st May 2015
Jane Dyball is to take over as acting CEO of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) on an interim basis.
This follows the announcement yesterday (April 30th) that former CEO Sarah Osborn has left the organisation with immediate effect.
Dyball will continue in her current role as CEO of MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL.
Jane Dyball said: “I would like to thank Sarah for her contribution to the MPA. She has left in place a strong organisation and a capable staff, and I look forward to working with...
Wed, 22nd April 2015
The MPA is delighted to announce our first ever songwriter retreat for members’ writers, to take place at the renowned Chateau Marouatte in the Dordogne between 2nd-10th October 2015.
Administered by ex-Polygram, Universal and Warner/Chappell executive Debbie Pearce, the retreat will allow 18 writers affiliated to MPA publisher members to work intensively and collaborate on new compositions and co-works. Debbie will liaise with members to ensure an optimum balance of writer/producers, writer/...
Tue, 7th April 2015
Applications for the 11th annual US Sync Licensing Mission hosted by BPI, the Music Publishers Association and UK Trade and Investment are now open until Thursday 30th April.
Held in the heart of Hollywood at the iconic Capitol Tower, the Mission will take place from 13th – 17th July 2015.
Each year, the Sync Mission provides record labels, music publishers, songwriters, composers, artists and managers with the opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into the way sync licensing works in the US...
Thu, 26th March 2015
The MPA has announced a partnership with music copyright protection specialist AudioLock - offering members two months free protection for a limited number of tracks, plus heavily discounted access to AudioLock’s market-leading service.
The partnership will enable new and existing MPA members to use AudioLock’s online anti-piracy toolkit to protect a maximum of 15 high priority tracks and 30 back catalogue tracks - continuously scanning social networks, file lockers and search engines for...
Fri, 6th March 2015
On Wednesday night (March 4th), the art of music supervision, composition, and sound design in the media industries was celebrated at the 2015 Music+Sound Awards.
Amongst the big winners were Universal Music Publishing and Ibeyi with the award for Best Sync in TV, Cutting Edge Music for Best Sync in a Feature Film ("Good Time" by Eric Burdon & The Animals in 'The Riot Club'), and Ninja Tunes with placement of The Heavy's "What Makes A Good Man?" in Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO advert for...
Fri, 20th February 2015
Yesterday (February 19th), UK Music published an industry-wide manifesto for the commercial music sector - aimed at all political parties and policy makers in the run up to May’s General Election.
The manifesto, to which the MPA inputted fully, recognises five priority areas:
- Strong copyright framework
- Access to finance and fiscal incentives
- Skills pipeline
- International Growth Strategy
- Better regulation based on good evidence
Last November, UK Music’s Measuring Music report...
Fri, 20th February 2015
The MPA would like to pay tribute to Peter Phillips, former managing director of ATV/Northern Songs, who died suddenly on February 10, 2015, following a short illness.
Peter joined the music industry in 1958, working for his father, Jimmy Phillips, at Peter Maurice Music - where he looked after writers including Tammy Wynette and Phil Coulter. When the company was sold to Rediffusion/KPM, he stayed on as general manager and started the KPM library.
In 1977, Peter joined ATV/Northern Songs -...
Tue, 27th January 2015
It is with great shock and sadness that the MPA learned that Judith Webb, Managing Director of Schott Music’s London office, passed away on Friday 9th January following a short period of illness.
As a valued member of the PMPC (Printed Music Publishers Committee) for the best part of 20 years, Judith will be remembered fondly and with respect for both her knowledge and insight, as well as her loyalty to Schott Music, who she joined in 1980 as an administrative assistant before rising through...
Wed, 21st January 2015
Applications for the Music Publishers Association's 2015 Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme are now open.
Since 2006, the Scholarship has supported and advanced the progress of outstanding candidates within the music publishing sector - offering two individuals each year, either entrants with less than five years experience of the business or final year students/recent graduates, the opportunity to benefit from tailor-made packages of support.
These include free entry to MPA training and...
Fri, 16th January 2015
This week, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a ‘Copyright Notice’, offering copyright-related guidance for individuals or groups who may wish to perform music live.
The MPA contributed closely to the drafting of the document, and members might find this a useful resource - especially in regards to use of sheet music by choirs, orchestras and schools.
The full document can be accessed from the Gov.uk website:
Mon, 1st December 2014
The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched an application for Judicial Review of the Government’s introduction of a private copying exception without providing fair compensation for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders within the creative sector.
The MU, BASCA and UK Music welcome the purpose of the new measures, namely to enable consumers to make a copy of their legally acquired music. However, this is a...
Wed, 19th November 2014
Today (Wednesday 19th November) UK Music has joined forces with Intern Aware, to launch an Internship Code of Practice for music companies and young people.
The code will help employers understand their role and duty when hiring an intern, and importantly show them their responsibilities in terms of pay and tenure. The guide also provides potential interns with information about what they can expect when joining a music company, to safeguard them against poor quality and unpaid positions....
Wed, 17th September 2014
The music industry contributed £3.8bn to the UK economy in 2013 according to a report published by UK Music. Measuring Music shows the contributions made by various parts of the industry, including £436m from the music publishing sector, an increase of 8% on the previous year. Publishers continue to build upon the popularity of British music on the global market, delivering 11% growth in exports to £562m. The figures are based on a survey of its members conducted by the MPA. ...
Mon, 18th August 2014
Music companies and individuals interested in exploring opportunities overseas can gain insight into some of the world’s biggest and most influential trade and showcase events, thanks to a touring roadshow from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
Guest speakers include Una Johnston (SXSW), Javier Lopez (MIDEM) , Phil Patterson (UKTI) and guests from UKTI overseas plus various trade associations and collection societies.
The events will include short presentations from representatives of each event...
Wed, 30th July 2014
AIM Startups is designed to help creative startups off to a good start. As part of their program they offer access to funding, mentoring, training, networking events and on-going support.
Creative businesses have faced significant difficulties in accessing finance since the beginning of time, relying on grant funding that comes with very strict eligibility criteria and high competition. Now there’s AIM Startups: affordable, unsecured startup loan designed to fund initial costs to get your...