MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION - AGM REPORT 2016

Jane Dyball, CEO of the MPA Group of Companies, urged Government to “be gentle with us” at today's (June 29th) Music Publishers Association AGM, stating that actions that risked dismantling the “truly international business” of music publishing would prove both “hard and expensive”.

The reference to last Friday’s referendum result, with music publishers described as “true Europeans”, completed a wide-ranging report to MPA members, that focussed on innovation and growth, including:

- An increase of sync licensing revenues received by MPA members to £52m (2015)

- The establishment of Printed Music Licensing [PMLL] into a £3m per annum business

- Expansion of the Independent Music Publishing e-Licensing scheme [IMPEL] to 43 members

The full speech can be viewed here.

The AGM, which took place at London’s Royal Institution, saw a total of 7 MPA members stand for 6 elected director vacancies on the MPA Board.

Results of the voting, which had taken place online in advance of the meeting, were announced, with Richard King (Faber Music Ltd), Simon Platz (Bucks Music Group Ltd), John Minch (Imagem UK), Stuart Hornall (Hornall Brothers Music Ltd), Crispin Evans (Cote Basque Music Publishing Ltd), and David Kassner (Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd) all re-elected to the Board having been required to retire by rotation.

Also announced were recipients of 2016’s Richard Toeman Scholarship, with Clemmie Woodhouse (UMPGM) and Grace Roberts (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) winning the publishing and student categories respectively. Their prizes will include a financial contribution towards training and education, and discounted participation in MPA-related events.

The AGM concluded with a celebration of DIY culture, featuring a scene-setting interview between Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Carbon/Silicon) and Music Week editor Mark Sutherland, before a panel discussion with 2016’s innovators, moderated by Record of the Day’s Liz Stokes with Austin Daboh (BBC 1Xtra), Chris Meehan (Sentric Music), Harri Davies (Bucks Music), P Money (artist/writer) and Sian Anderson (SighTracked).