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...
Mon, 13th May 2013
The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) – the project that will catalogue the world’s
music – has announced that it will set up its global headquarters in London and will
base its operations centre in Berlin.
The London office, housing corporate functions and business development
capabilities is scheduled to open later this year, and will work alongside the current
London-based project team in the first instance. The Berlin operations centre will
provide registrations and data processing...
Wed, 17th April 2013
Earlier this week, UK Music released its report on Access to Finance for SMEs in the music industry, finding that awareness of government-funded finance schemes for SMEs, and the number of applicants to these schemes, is very low.
One revelation that may be of particular interest to MPA members is that the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) may not be available to a large section of music publishers, as the report found that any company that receives royalties as part of its business must...
Tue, 9th April 2013
The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) has released the first of what will hopefully be many newsletters. The newsletter gives details on various aspects of the GRD, such as:
What the GRD is
How it came to be a reality
The GRD's progress since last year
Also in the newsletter, a link to the panel, "GRD, It's Started!", which took place at midem this year and features the MPA's very own Stephen Navin as moderator.
Find the newsletter below, and if you are interested in receiving further...
Wed, 20th March 2013
On 11 March 2013, MPA and PRS for Music gave a special briefing for music publishers on all aspects of online music streaming, including how services such as YouTube and Spotify work, how royalties flow from them, and related operational complexities.
Chris Butler, chairman of the MPA, gave this introductory speech.
"I’d like to welcome you all to our first Streaming Demystified event. Thank you all for taking the time to attend. So why are we holding this session and what do we hope to...
Tue, 19th March 2013
Closing date for applications is 28 March
Open to UK music companies onlyParis, 14-15 May
After years of successful international missions, BPI and the MPA will be hosting a music industry trade mission to Paris, France.
The mission will help UK music companies grow their knowledge of the unique French music market and see delegates meet and network with French music executives. The two-day programme will be packed with panels, presentations and keynote interviews with speakers from all walks...
Tue, 12th March 2013
The deadline has now passed.
Los Angeles, 29 April-2 May Hosted by MPA, BPI and UK Trade & Investment
Every year, we get together with UKTI and BPI to host an event which sees an eclectic mix of UK independent music companies travel to LA to learn about the increasingly important sync licensing market. Delegates have the chance to meet and network with some of the most important music supervisors and placement executives in the TV, film, advertising, computer games markets and more in the...
Tue, 5th March 2013
After a very successful seven years at the helm of the MPA, Stephen Navin has accepted an offer to read History at Oxford University, beginning in October of this year. As a consequence, Stephen has tendered his resignation as CEO and will stand down at the conclusion of our AGM on June 25th.
Chris Butler, chairman of the MPA, says: "This is wonderful news for Stephen and I am delighted for him. At the same time I am very sorry to be losing such a charismatic leader of our trade association,...
Fri, 8th February 2013
Whether it was the Bacc for the Future campaign or the warning by the exam watchdog that the changes were unworkable, something brought the Government’s EBacc plans crashing down, and no one could be more delighted than the creative industries.
Having planned a new EBacc qualification that excluded creative subjects, the Government will instead ‘concentrate on reforming existing GCSEs.
However, there is more work to be done to ensure that creative subjects remain at the heart of education.
Tue, 5th February 2013
Paris, 14-15 May Open to UK music companies only
After years of successful international missions, BPI and the MPA will be hosting a music industry trade mission to Paris, France, on 14th and 15th May 2013.
The mission will help UK music companies grow their knowledge of the unique French music market and see delegates meet and network with French music executives.
The two-day programme will be packed with panels, presentations and keynote interviews with speakers from all walks of the...
Fri, 11th January 2013
Schools are set to benefit after the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and the Department for Education sign a three-year deal on the copyright licensing for schools.
From April 2013, the Department will manage a national CLA Schools Licence for all state-maintained schools in England. Schools need this licence in order to copy materials from books, magazines and websites legally. In addition, the deal will also include a new licence from the Music Publishers Association to cover copying of...
Wed, 9th January 2013
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has been appointed sole agent to sell and administer a new Schools Printed Music Licence on behalf of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) and its members.
The licence will authorise the making of copies or practical arrangements of printed sheet music for use in schools. This means that schools will no longer need to seek copyright clearance each time they make copies, provided that the school already owns an original print copy.
CLA will use its existing...
Thu, 20th December 2012
The Government has today (20 December) published the final part of its response to its Copyright Consultation: "Modernising Copyright: a modern, robust and flexible framework". This document (56 page pdf below) sets out decisions on changes to copyright exceptions, including in the areas of private copying, parody and education.The changes are in line with the recommendations set out in the Hargreaves Review. The Government intends to implement these changes via secondary legislation in autumn...
Wed, 19th December 2012
The MPA is joining the chorus of voices calling for the government to review the subjects that make up the new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification.
Under the current proposal, students would only be required to have a certificate in the core subjects of maths, English, science, humanities and a language to be awarded an EBacc. The MPA believes that all pupils should have the opportunity to study music to Key Stage 4 (age 16) and is worried that without the creative subjects being a part...
Mon, 29th October 2012
Earlier this year the MPA and a number of members signed up to participate in ‘The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians’. This scheme, launched last year by Boris Johnson, aims to give children with music potential the opportunity to develop their talent. Each participating sponsor commits for a period of 4 years at £1,000 per annum to guarantee that the children have the best possible chance of success with their chosen instrument.
Each child involved in the scheme has been identified by...
Mon, 29th October 2012
MPA chief executive Stephen Navin, and Chairman Chris Butler, have written to Google urging the internet giant to do more to promote legitimate content and to reward creators and rightsholders. The letter is addressed to Sami Valkonen, Head of International Music Licensing for Google Play, who recently attended an IMPEL Advisory Group meeting to outline Google's plans for the new service.
The full text of the MPA's letter can be downloaded below.
Thu, 18th October 2012
Entries are now open for the Music+Sound Awards 2013. Gaming, Film, TV and Advertising professionals are invited to become part of a music and sound celebration, which offers this incredible wealth of talent their moment in the limelight.
There will be awards for Best Original Composition, Best Sound Design and Best Sync across the entire audio and visual media industries. A thirty strong panel of industry authorities such as Guy Farley and John Altman will judge the categories. With past...
Wed, 10th October 2012
A new small claims track has been introduced to the Patents County Court (PCC), which will speed up the court process and make it cheaper and easier, particularly for small and medium sized businesses, to protect their intellectual property (IP) rights.
The small claims track will provide copyright, trade mark and unregistered design holders the option of pursuing basic IP disputes through an informal hearing, without legal representation. This is expected to reduce significantly the cost of...
Wed, 10th October 2012
ISM has announced its Composers’ Competition 2013. They are calling for composers aged 23 – 35 to submit an original composition for voices, inspired by the music of the great British composer Benjamin Britten. The two winning compositions will premiere in a special performance conducted by Suzi Digby OBE in the Chapel of Queens’ College, Cambridge on 4 April 2013 as part of the ISM annual conference, the theme of which will be inspiring a new generation of performers, composers and audience....