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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....
Mon, 3rd September 2012
The MPA is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new service for members. In conjunction with leading international law firm Taylor Wessing we can now offer members a free legal helpline. Calls to the helpline will be dealt with by members of the dedicated media department, or passed to another department where appropriate, and are limited to an initial 15 minutes in duration. Members wishing to use the service should call or email Sue Hantsch in the MPA office in the first instance on 020...
Thu, 23rd August 2012
The value of trade events & conferences should not be under-estimated. As a place to meet with current and new business connections, share ideas, benchmark your competitors and learn about emerging developments in your sector, events such as SXSW continue to be essential. This event will tell you more about SXSW and other key trade shows and conferences serving the digital, music and screen sectors. If you’re interested in developing your business/career, gaining first-hand knowledge and...
Wed, 22nd August 2012
The MPA was saddened to learn of the death of David Livermore, erstwhile Head of Copyright at Universal Music Publishing, who recently lost his long battle against cancer. David gave a lifetime of work to the music publishing business having started as a young man at Chappell and Co. He had been Head of Copyright at Universal for many years until becoming too ill in recent years to continue in a full time role. During his career David gave generously of his time and expertise in support of...
Mon, 20th August 2012
Henley Business School invited consumer brand managers and music industry executives to come together to discuss future innovation, pioneering methods and best business practice within the field of music and brand partnerships as one of the launch activities for the MBA programme for the music industry. The session examined a review of attitudes and highlighted the required areas of change currently being played out. Key areas for review included the importance of:  Clear contractual...
Thu, 12th July 2012
The MPA has welcomed the publication by the European Commission of a Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights. The proposal published on 11 July aims to promote greater transparency and better governance of collecting societies and will facilitate multi-territorial licensing of musical works for online use in the EU.  This will make it easier for service providers to obtain the necessary licences for music to be distributed online across the EU and to ensure that...
Mon, 2nd July 2012
Katie Tearle, Head of Opera and Dance for Edition Peters Group, appointed a Memberof the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Birthday 2012 Honours List for servicesto music. Katie Tearle founded the Education Department at Glyndebourne in 1986 and subsequentlyled the department, recently described by The Independent as “the most imaginative opera-education department in the country”, for the next 25 years. Under Katie’s leadership,Glyndebourne Education made a major contribution to the...
Thu, 28th June 2012
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) held its Annual General Meeting yesterday, Wednesday 27 June 2012. Elections A total of 13 music publishers stood for 7 Board places. Peter Cornish (Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd), Nigel Elderton (peermusic (UK) Ltd), Ben Newing (Universal Edition (London) Ltd) and Paulette Long (Long Term Music) were all re-elected to the Board having been required to retire following determination by lot. Mark Anders (Resolution Music Ltd) was re-elected to the Board after a...
Thu, 21st June 2012
Italian music publishers' representative body Federazione Editori Musicali (FEM)recently produced a video message featuring some of the most influential and important music authors and producers in Italy, discussing the impact of online piracy. The video was sent to politicians and government representatives, and can be viewed (with english subtitles) below. Is this the sort of message we should be sending to politicians and policy makers in the UK? Leave your opinion via the comments at the...
Thu, 17th May 2012
UK Music has today published new research that conclusively demonstrates the commercial, market-based value of the ability to play music copied from CD as a feature on MP3 players, phones and tablets. The research has been published in response to the Government’s request for evidence on the impact of proposals to change the UK’s copyright system.  Undertaken by Oliver & Ohlbaum, the research clearly demonstrates that being able to play music copied from CDs is the feature that...
Thu, 17th May 2012
The BBC has published its final conclusions from the cost cutting exercise - Delivery Quality First. Over the past 16 months or so the BBC has been planning how to make significant savings following the funding settlement reached with the Government in October 2010. The target was to save 20 per cent over the remaining five years of the Charter period. The pain has been shared around the corporation's various outputs, and music has certainly not escaped the cuts. The MPA is particularly...
Wed, 9th May 2012
News reaches us from Spain of a new Board at the previously troubled Spanish collection society SGAE. The new SGAE Board is formed by 39 members, 8 of them Publishers. The Board has elected as new President of SGAE the author Anton Reixa, backed by 24 members out of 37, including the Publishers college. The Board has  also elected the Executive Board, which is formed by 12 members, including 3 publishers: Sony ATV, M-20, (a local company), and Warner/Chappell. The new President and the...
Mon, 30th April 2012
The MPA has welcomed today's ruling (30 April) in the High Court that file-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers. Stephen Navin, MPA commented: “The MPA welcomes today’s High Court ruling which places an obligation on ISPs to play their part in preventing access to the most egregious infringers of our members’ rights. As co-habitants of the digital eco-system ISPs and rights holders have a shared interest in creating conditions suitable for sustaining a...
Thu, 26th April 2012
The Music Publishers Association is delighted to announce that Sarah Osborn has been appointed General Manager as from 6 June 2012. Sarah joins us from Schott Music, where she has worked for the last 8 years, as Composer Manager and latterly as Head of Contemporary Music. In addition to her responsibilities at Schott, Sarah also chairs the MPA’s Education and Training Group and is a regular speaker on MPA courses. Sarah brings to the MPA both a thorough understanding of the music publishing...
Mon, 23rd April 2012
European Commission press release: The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over the music publishing business of EMI Group, a British company, by Sony Corporation of the USA and Mubadala Development Company PJSC, an investment fund based in the United Arab Emirates. The decision is conditional upon the divestiture of the worldwide publishing rights to four catalogues and the musical works of 12 contemporary authors. In light...