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Thu, 4th August 2011
PRS for Music’s annual ‘Adding up the UK music industry’ report has revealed that UK music industry revenues totalled £3.8bn in 2010. Revenues for the UK industry experienced a drop of 4.8%, down £189m from a high of £3.9bn in 2009. Fewer stadium gigs in 2010 cooled the live boom and consumers continued to spend less on recorded music, especially in the fourth quarter, as disposable income remained under pressure. Licensing income for record labels,...
Fri, 8th July 2011
The MIA Awards are the dedicated awards for the music instrument and printed music industry, celebrating its best individuals, companies, products and publications. The MPA administers the nominations and voting for the five awards that celebrate excellence in printed music publishing and retailing. The five award categories are Best Classical Publication, Best Education Publication, Best Pop Publication, Printed Music Publisher of the Year, and Printed Music Retailer of the Year, sponsored...
Fri, 8th July 2011
The Spanish national police conducted a raid on 1 July at the Madrid headquarters of SGAE. SGAE executives were arrested and brought before the Spanish National High Court (competent for anti-corruption activities) to respond to claims of misappropriation of funds. Teddy Bautista (CEO of SGAE), Enrique Loras (Managing Director), Ricardo Azcoaga (CFO) and Jose Neri (Head of IT) were detained in a Police station. Other detainees were 5 people that control the company Microgenesis – a...
Wed, 29th June 2011
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28 June 2011. Chris Butler elected MPA Chairman MPA members voted at the meeting to elect Chris Butler as MPA Chairman. Butler, Head of Publishing – Worldwide at Music Sales Ltd had previously served three years as Deputy Chairman of the MPA, having first been elected to that post at the MPA’s 2008 AGM. Nigel Elderton, MD, peermusic (UK) Ltd was elected at the meeting as MPA Deputy Chairman....
Fri, 10th June 2011
CISAC, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, announces the appointment of Mr. Olivier Hinnewinkel as its new Director General. With 229 members - authors’ societies from 121 countries - CISAC is an international NGO representing about 3 million creators and publishers of artistic works in all genres including music, drama, literature, audio-visual and the visual arts. Mr. Hinnewinkel was appointed by the CISAC Board of Directors following the 3rd...
Tue, 31st May 2011
Ger Hatton, Secretary General of ICMP, is amongst representatives of the creative sector worldwide to have welcomed commitments on intellectual property protection made by the G8 Summit. The heads of 16 organisations responded to the conclusion of the G8 Summit with the following joint statement: "As representatives of the creative sector we welcome the commitment by the G8 leaders in Deauville to steps that will ensure a thriving digital environment guided by the rule of law. "...
Wed, 18th May 2011
The MPA met with fellow members of UK Music early this morning (18 May) to discuss the industry's response to the publication of the Digital Opportunity report following a six-month independent review of IP and Growth, led by Professor Ian Hargreaves. We endorse the following statement issued by UK Music: “The members of UK Music took this Review at face value, and we are pleased it recognises the vital role of intellectual property to this country’s future economic growth....
Mon, 16th May 2011
UK Music has today (16 May) published Destination: Music – the first study of its kind to scope the economic contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism throughout the UK. Drawing on unprecedented access to more than 2.5m anonymised ticketing transactions, the report’s main findings are as follows: Large-scale live music across all regions of the UK attracts at least 7.7m attendances by domestic and overseas music tourists Collectively they spend £...
Mon, 9th May 2011
The MIA Awards are the dedicated awards for the music instrument and printed music industry, celebrating its best individuals, companies, products and publications. The 2011 MIA Awards ceremony will take place on 30 November. Further details will be released soon. The MPA administers the nominations and voting for the five awards that celebrate excellence in printed music publishing and retailing. The five award categories are Best Classical Publication, Best Education Publication, Best Pop...
Tue, 3rd May 2011
The ninth annual British Composer Awards will take place at Stationers' Hall, London on Wednesday 30 November 2011. The Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music, in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage of the Awards. The Awards celebrate the music to today's composers living and working in the United Kingdom and also UK premieres of work by composers from outside the UK. Nominations are currently invited for works that have...
Wed, 20th April 2011
The High Court today handed down judgement in a judicial review of measures to tackle online copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Act. Responding to the judgement the Department for Culture Media and Sport posted the following statement to their website: The High Court today ruled in favour of the Government in a judicial review of measures to tackle online copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Act. Mr Justice Kenneth Parker upheld the principle of taking measures to...
Mon, 18th April 2011
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a true legend of music publishing, Terry Oates. Terry Oates, a musician and a figurehead in the music industry, founded Eaton Music in 1975. He started his career at Chappell moving on to Screen Gems, RCA Records and heading up Compass Music, owned by Henry Mancini with whom he established a long term friendship. His first three major signings were Harry Nilsson, Jimmy Webb and Status Quo. Due to Terry’s relationship with Henry...
Fri, 15th April 2011
Record Store Day 2011 takes place on Saturday 16 April, and latest figures suggest it is already shaping up to be one of the biggest celebrations of music seen in the UK: • 180 stores are confirmed to be participating; • they will be selling 252 exclusive releases only available in independent stores; • indie shops will be hosting free performances by 202 artists and bands, together with scores of DJs. Special in-store activities for the day range from cake stalls to...
Mon, 4th April 2011
In a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available now on the iTunes Store. Proceeds from "Songs for Japan" will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society...
Wed, 23rd March 2011
Alongside yesterday's budget (23 March) the Government has revealed its Plan for Growth, a "plan to put the UK on a path to sustainable, long-term economic growth". Published by the Treasury and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills the strategy outlines a 12 point action plan for what are referred to as the "Digital and Creative Industries" (D&CI). These include the creation, by industry, of a Creative Industries Council to provide a voice for the...
Tue, 22nd March 2011
ICMP will once again host a printed music panel as part of Frankfurt Musikmesse. The event brings together Elisabeth Bihl, Executive Director of Canadian Music Centre, Canada; Peter Grimshaw, Founder and Director of BTM Innovation, Australia; Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, Chairman of Schott Music, Germany; Kathleen Marsh, CEO of Musicnotes, USA; and John Thirkell, COO of PureSolo, UK to discuss “New models for selling printed music online” in a discussion moderated by Nicolas...
Thu, 17th March 2011
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) has announced a new partnership with UKTI & The BPI, which will see them become one of the driving forces behind high profile UK trade missions to Los Angeles and Tokyo later this year. This is the first time that the MPA has taken an organisational role in these annual trade missions, which give UK companies unrivalled access to leading figures in two of the world’s key music markets. The LA Synch Licensing Mission will take place between...
Tue, 15th March 2011
Following a week in which UK artists occupied the top three spots in the US album chart, the first time this has happened since October 1985, more than 140 UK acts are confirmed to perform at the 25th annual South By Southwest Music & Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The music element of SXSW starts today (March 15th), bringing together music industry representatives from around the world and showcasing hundreds of musical acts on over 80 stages in downtown Austin. Since the...
Wed, 9th March 2011
Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, has this week launched the Music Blueprint, an in-depth research document that has identified and analysed the skills needs of the Music industry throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Music Blueprint aims to ensure the sector remains productive and in the best possible position to reach its economic potential. In collaboration with employers, trade associations and...
Mon, 7th March 2011
The Music Publishers Association has responded to the Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, urging Government to recognise the economic contribution of the sector and calling for a stable and supportive copyright regime as a platform for further growth. In a joint response with BASCA to the Review’s Call for Evidence, which closed on Friday 4 March, the MPA argues that: the music publishing sector has exhibited significant economic growth in recent years, and...