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Tue, 21st June 2016
Music Publishers Association AGM marks 40 years of punk with a focus on DIY culture Keynote interview with British punk original Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik) before the AGM focusses on 2016’s trailblazers, includ-ing Austin Daboh (BBC 1Xtra), Chris Meehan (Sentric Music), Harri Davies (Bucks Music), P Money (Artist/Writer) and Sian Anderson (SighTracked) June 21st 2016 “This is a chord. This is another. This is a third. Now form a band.” [Sideburns Fanzine] Marking 40 years...
Tue, 14th June 2016
The BPI and Music Publishers Association are delighted to announce initial details of their annual trade mission to Germany, taking place from 20th–24th September. Returning for a third year in succession and supported by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as part of its MUSIC IS GREAT campaign to promote British music exports, the initiative offers UK record labels, music pub-lishers and entrepreneurs direct and unparalleled insight to the world’s fourth largest recorded music mar-ket, where...
Wed, 4th May 2016
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 2016. This biannual course is the only one of its kind in the UK. Designed as a vocational qualification 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...
Mon, 4th April 2016
The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Limited (MCPS), the UK collection society that licenses mechanical rights in musical copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members, has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) inviting third parties to tender proposals to administer certain areas of its business and all back-office operations, including the online business for independent music publishers – Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing (IMPEL) with a start date as...
Fri, 26th February 2016
Applications for the Music Publishers Association's 2016 Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme are now open. Established in 2006, the Scholarship has supported and advanced the progress of outstanding candidates within the music publishing sector - offering two individuals each year, both an entrant with less than five years’ experience of the business and a final year student/recent graduate, the opportunity to benefit from tailor-made packages of support. These include free entry to MPA training...
Mon, 1st February 2016
The Music Publishers Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Tina Hart as Membership & Outreach Manager.  Starting her role on February 29th, and reporting to the MPA’s General Manager, Claire McAuley, Tina will assume direct responsibility for liaising with the organisation’s 270-strong membership - acting as a first point of contact with major and independent publishers from across the UK, and working on all areas of member relations, sponsorship, outreach and...
Mon, 30th November 2015
Please find enclosed a downloadable International Report from ICMP for November 2015
Fri, 27th November 2015
Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing (IMPEL) has announced Tim Ingham as non-executive director. Tim, a former editor of UK trade magazine Music Week, is the founder of Music Business Worldwide (MBW). Launched in January 2015, MBW has quickly become a leading provider of analysis and news on the global music industry, with ambitious expansion plans in the works for 2016. A respected commentator for national and international media, Tim has also written about the music business for titles as...
Mon, 9th November 2015
Almost half a billion pounds (£497 million) was invested by UK record labels and music publishers in writing and producing new music, signing and developing artists and songwriters, and promoting records, according to figures for 2014 released today by leading music organisations, BPI and the Music Publishers Association (MPA) – respectively representing major and independent record labels and British music publishers. British record labels invested an impressive £178 million in A&R in 2014...
Mon, 26th October 2015
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is delighted to announce that Jane Dyball has been appointed CEO of the MPA Group of Companies.   Jane, who has been acting CEO of MPA since May 2015, will now assume leadership of MPA, MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL - bringing all four businesses under a single umbrella. Steve Burton, previously General Manager and Company Secretary MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL will become Director of Operations of the MPA Group of Companies with immediate effect. Appointed CEO of...
Tue, 20th October 2015
It is with great sadness that the MPA has learned that Frank Coachworth has passed away. Frank worked at Chappell from 1944 to 1973, before forming Mautoglade Music with Stuart Reid where he continued as a director. He died peacefully at his home on Friday the 16th of October. There will be a family-only cremation followed by a celebration of Frank's life on Tuesday 27th October, 2.30pm, at the Kings Arms Hotel, 30 High St, Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0DJ. Please contact Mandy Oates if...
Fri, 7th August 2015
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) and BPI are announcing further details of their joint trade mission to Germany - taking place at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival (23rd-26th September). Focussed on the first day of the festival and conference (Wednesday 23rd September) the mission, which is supported by UK Trade & Investment Germany, aims to help British companies increase business in the world's third largest music market. As well as entrance to Reeperbahn itself, the programme revolves...
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. Wayne, who...
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...