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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. Less...
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. Board Elections 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...
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, 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. The...
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...