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...
Tue, 24th June 2014
MPA holds AGM at Royal Institution, London
Sarah Osborn calls on YouTube to negotiate fairly with rights holders
Chris Butler highlights the contribution music publishers make to the UK economy
MPA Gold Badges awarded to Sally Groves and Peter Barnes
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) held its Annual General Meeting today, Tuesday 24 June 2014, at the Royal Institution in London.
Speeches to the AGM
The formal business of the AGM included reports from MPA Chairman Chris Butler, MPA Chief...
Thu, 15th May 2014
Following a successful inaugural year, the Music Publishers Association (“MPA”) is delighted to announce it will be running its Graduate Certificate in Editorial and Production again in 2014.
The Course is the only one of its kind in the UK. Designed by music publishers and delivered by highly experienced industry experts, it provides comprehensive training for those starting or developing a career in editorial and production of printed music products.
Running from September 2014 to...
Mon, 28th April 2014
In accordance with Articles 59 and 60 of the Articles of Association of the MPA the following six Elected Directors are required to retire at the 2014 AGM, to be held on Tuesday 24 June 2014, 2.00pm approx at The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS:
Peter Barnes (Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd)
Sally Groves (Schott Music Ltd)
Linda Hawken (Peters Edition Ltd)
Andy Heath (4AD Music Ltd)
Andrew King (Mute Song Ltd)
Paulette Long (Long Term Music Ltd)
All are eligible for re-...
Fri, 4th April 2014
SUNDAY APRIL 6TH,GIACONDA CAFÉ, DENMARK ST, LONDON, WC2 H8LS
The street known as ‘Tin Pan Alley’ – the traditional focal point of Britain’s music industry – gets a gong and a song this Sunday April 6 at 12 Noon.
Music industry glitterati – will gather in Denmark Street for the unveiling of a hi-tech Blue Plaque containing audio, video and a 10,000 word wiki style history of music. The street has played a pivotal role in British musical heritage – and was a focal point for writers,...
Mon, 24th March 2014
Applications for the 10th annual Los Angeles Sync Licensing Mission jointly hosted by BPI, the Music Publishers Association and UK Trade and Investment and taking place from 2 – 6 June are now open.
Held in the heart of Hollywood at the iconic Capitol Records, the Sync Mission provides record labels, publishers, songwriters, composers, artists and managers with the opportunity not only to gain an exclusive insight into the way sync licensing works in the US but also to meet and network with...
Thu, 13th March 2014
Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL) was set up to operate the Schools Printed Music Licence, which permits schools, under certain conditions, to copy and arrange sheet music. All publishers with an interest in printed music rights are reminded that they can apply to join PMLL and can potentially share in its distributions. This applies to printed music publishers and to those with a third party print licensing agreement in place.PMLL's first distribution was made at the end of 2013, with a...
Thu, 16th January 2014
12 UK copyright collecting societies - or as they prefer to be known these days Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) - have through the British Copyright Council (BCC) launched an independent review of how their codes of conduct are working.
In recognition of the importance of good governance, clarity and transparency, the British Copyright Council developed a policy framework to establish a common set of principles of good practice which provided a set of minimum terms to be used by UK...
Mon, 16th December 2013
UK Music has today (Monday 16 December) released an in-depth report into the music industry’s contribution to the UK economy. The total contribution of £3.5bn is made up of £1.6bn from musicians, composers and songwriters, £634m from recorded music, £662m from live music, £402m from music publishing, £151m from music representatives, and £80m from music producers and recording studios. These values represent gross value added (GVA) by the various sectors, as distinct from overall revenues.
Thu, 5th December 2013
The MPA has appointed Sarah Osborn as its Chief Executive, effective immediately. Sarah succeeds Stephen Navin who departed the post at our AGM in June. As Chief Executive Sarah becomes a director of the MPA and also joins the Board of UK Music, the umbrella body for the UK’s commercial music industry.
Sarah joined the MPA as General Manager in April 2012 having previously been at Schott Music, where she worked for 8 years, rising through the ranks to become Head of Contemporary Music. Since...
Wed, 27th November 2013
The Board of the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (“MCPS”) has appointed Jane Dyball to the newly created post of Chief Executive, effective from 1 January 2014. The appointment of a Chief Executive to MCPS follows the restructuring of the MCPS-PRS Alliance in July 2013 which sees MCPS contract the Performing Right Society (“PRS”) to provide royalty processing and other administrative services under a service level agreement. Jane will oversee the strategy for the licensing...