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...
Mon, 7th October 2013
On 8 October the Music+Sound Awards 2014 officially open for entries. For a third year, the music and sound communities will come together to stage this pioneering competition, celebrating creative excellence in music and sound design in the media.There are 31 categories in three sections, Best Original Composition, Best Sound Design and Best Sync / Use of Existing Music. The awards will be building on the success of previous competitions and this year’s successful entrants will join the...
Mon, 7th October 2013
The Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG) was established by the creative industries to take forward recommendations from Richard Hooper and Dr Ros Lynch’s Copyright Works report. Twelve months on the Group have published a progress report, surveying milestones on the road to streamlining copyright licensing.Initiatives identified in Streamlining Copyright in the Digital Age include the launch of a pilot phase of the Copyright Hub in July and the planned introduction of two new joint music...
Mon, 7th October 2013
The recently published Supporting The Creative Economy report contains much in the way of sensible suggestions.Making the headlines has been the Committee's condemnation of Google's "failure...to provide an adequate response to creative industry requests to prevent its search engine directing consumers to copyright-infringing websites. The continuing promotion by search engines of illegal content on the internet is unacceptable. So far, their attempts to remedy this have been derisorily...
Wed, 7th August 2013
To help UK companies who are considering attending or applying for artists to perform showcases at midem or SXSW, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the ‘British Music Partnership’ organisations are working with regional partners around the UK to deliver a series of briefing sessions. Come along and find out:
what goes on at midem and SXSW – which event is right for you and are you ready
what the opportunities are and how to prepare for the event
how to apply to to showcase or attend...
Thu, 25th July 2013
The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 were laid in Parliament on 18 July 2013. The statuatory instrument which implements the EU Copyright Term Extension Directive comes into force on 1 November 2013.
The directive extends the term of protection for performers and sound recordings to 70 years, and was adopted on 12 September 2011. The new regulations also harmonise the method of calculating the term of protection of songs and other musical compositions with words...
Wed, 10th July 2013
The Copyright Hub has launched a consultation pilot which can be found at www.copyrighthub.co.uk.
The creation of a digital copyright exchange (DCE) was recommended by Professor Hargreaves as part of his review of IP and growth. Richard Hooper then carried out a feasibility study looking at ways of making copyright licensing more fit for purpose for the digital age.
The Copyright Hub is envisioned as a web portal connected to a network of organisations from the audio-visual, publishing, music...
Wed, 10th July 2013
UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills have launched the UK Music Skills Academy, part of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural.
The Academy will build an infrastructure enabling the music industry to engage directly with skills and training providers. This will allow music businesses to directly influence the training of their future workforce, and will create an easier mechanism for employers looking to take on apprentices.
The Academy will:
Wed, 10th July 2013
The Department for Education has published a new draft of the national curriculum, updating the draft which was put out for public consultation 5 months ago.
As part of that consultation the MPA wrote to the Secretary of State for Education with a number of suggestions for improving the provision of music education in schools. We are pleased to note that our suggestion to include explicit mention of music technology has been taken on board and incorporated into the latest draft.
Mon, 8th July 2013
The government has set out its ambitions for cultural education in England.
Published on 5 July by the Department for Education and Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Cultural Education provides an overview of the programmes and opportunities open to schools and teachers to give all children access to a high-quality cultural education. It follows Darren Henley’s review of cultural education published in February 2012.
The key programmes providing opportunities in music eduaction are:...
Thu, 4th July 2013
The MPA AGM took place on Tuesday 25 June at the Royal Institution.
To read a report of the day, including results of elections to the MPA Board, please click here.
Stephen Navin's typically erudite speech was greeted with a standing ovation on the occasion of his final engagement as MPA chief executive.
Chris Butler, MPA Chairman, reported to the meeting on MPA and its subsidiary MCPS. He also awarded the prestigious MPA Gold Badge to longstanding MPA Board member and current MCPS Chair...
Thu, 27th June 2013
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25 June 2013.
A total of 13 music publishers stood for 7 Board places. Crispin Evans (Cote Basque Music Publishing), Stuart Hornall (Hornall Brothers Music), Richard King (Faber Music), John Minch (Imagem UK), Guy Morris (Blue Mountain Music Ltd) and Simon Platz (Bucks Music Group) were all re-elected to the Board having been required to retire following determination by lot. David...
Thu, 27th June 2013
After 7 years at the helm of the Music Publishers Association, Stephen Navin has today stepped down as its Chief Executive, prior to embarking on a History degree at Oxford University in October.
Stephen has led the MPA with an extraordinary combination of charm and vitality. He brought to the association an encyclopaedic knowledge of the music industry and at all times has been a passionate advocate of the rights of writers and publishers.
During his tenure at the trade association, he...
Wed, 26th June 2013
MPA Chairman Chris Butler presented the 2013 MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Awards at the MPA AGM on 25 June. This year Francesca Clava, who works for Imagem UK, was the winner in the publisher category and Siri Loof, who recently graduated in Professional Musicianship at Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), was the winner in the student category.
Chris said of the Award:
This MPA scholarship scheme is now in its 8th year and is designed to encourage those who are new to the...
Fri, 21st June 2013
MPA CEO Stephen Navin made the long and arduous journey to Washington, USA in order to attend the World Creators Summit (WCS) between 4 - 5 June. While there he moderated a panel entitled "A day in the life of GRD," which can now be viewed on the WCS website.
The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) is the single, authoritative and universally accessible catalogue of the ownership of the world’s musical works. Now being developed by the world’s music creators and publishers, their collective...
Fri, 7th June 2013
On the evening of the 5th June 2013, the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) presented Ralph Peer, II, Chair and CEO of peermusic, with the inaugural ICMP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Publishing. Andrew Jenkins, chair of ICMP, presented the award at a surprise dinner at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The ceremony was attended by music publishers, collection societies and senior industry executives from over 20 countries around the world.
The award is...
Tue, 4th June 2013
The HMRC’s Guidelines On The Special NIC Rules For Entertainers (issued in April 2005) provided a specific exemption for session musicians. HMRC are currently reviewing these guidelines in light of a Tribunal decision. This decision widened the scope of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations, and could mean that musicians are now caught within these regulations, depending on the terms of their contract of engagement.
This is potentially a huge problem both for...