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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...
Tue, 3rd April 2012
This great gentleman music publisher died in his sleep during the past weekend. He is survived by his two children Joel and Zoe. Jonathan was both a great servant and mentor of the music publishing industry and of the MPA. He was a longstanding member of the MPA Board (and indeed Chairman) having been a Director from 1979-2006, and then again re-elected in 2011. As well as the Board, Jonathan was an active member of the MPA Pop Publishers Committee from 1979-1989, and rejoining again in...
Tue, 27th March 2012
UK Music has welcomed the publication of the first phase of Richard Hooper’s Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study. The report concludes that relative to other countries in the world, the UK’s copyright licensing processes compare well. It highlights that UK music fans have the greatest range of licensed digital services in the world, and that the modern music industry has embraced the digital age with some vigour. Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music said: “I think everyone involved...
Wed, 21st March 2012
After more than a decade working in the European rights business, industry vet Jeremy Fabinyi is heading home to Australia where he will return to the helm of the country's music publishers' trade body. With effect from 10 April Fabinyi will join the Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) as general manager. MPA chief executive Stephen Navin said, "Jeremy is going home, back to Terra Australis. He has been a constant friend and mechanical copyright savant, the publishing man’s...
Mon, 19th March 2012
The MPA welcomes the prospect that the system allowing Channel Island companies to sell goods to the UK without VAT will be closed from 1 April, following the news that Jersey and Guernsey have lost their legal challenge against the scrapping of Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR). The tax loophole had allowed the Channel Islands to sell items including DVDs and CDs free from VAT. A number of large music retailers had established distribution centres on the Islands in order to take advantage of...
Wed, 14th March 2012
The Global Repertoire Database (GRD) project will host the third in a series of open-to-all webinars to report recommendations arising from phase 1 of their work. The aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of the conclusions from the Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation phase. In order to cater to the broadest global audience possible, the webinar will be run twice at the two different times indicated above. However, the content covered will be the same in each. If you would like to...
Mon, 5th March 2012
The MPA is very happy to support National Learn To Play Day. Music for All, the charity of the UK musical instrument industry has announced that the first annual National Learn to Play Day will take place on 31 March 2012. On this day, the UK’s musical instrument shops will open their doors and offer free instrument “taster” lessons to the general public. There are 15 million people in the UK that either want to play an instrument or used to play one. The Day is designed to welcome people into...
Mon, 27th February 2012
The first ever Music & Sound Awards delivered on its promise to stand out from the rest of the media awards calendar. On Thurs 23rd February at the prestigious Koko in Camden, a voice over announced the beginning of something very special: The Phenomenal Handclap Band playing live from a route master bus in Camden with a battery powered Casio keyboard and a couple of acoustic guitars. The audience watched as the bus arrived outside Koko and the band ran onto stage to open the show with two...
Thu, 16th February 2012
With only a few days to go before the inaugural Music & Sound awards 2012, the final list of nominations has been selected by the star-studded panel of judges that includes: Imogen Heap (Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter), John Altman (Emmy winning and BAFTA nominated composer) and Gerry Moira (Director of Creativity - Euro RSCG). The nominations From the world of film: Harry Potter, The King's Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. TV programming: Downton Abbey, Frozen Planet 'On Thin...
Thu, 16th February 2012
A small group of protesters gathered outside British Music House this Saturday (11 February) to protest the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The treaty has so far been signed by 22 EU members, including the UK, but has yet to be ratified by the European Parliament. Saturday saw a coordinated day of protests in various European countries, with large demonstrations in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland, and a rather more modest event taking place in Berners St. That the protesters are...
Wed, 8th February 2012
In an event at London’s Commonwealth Club, the UK music industry today (8 February) launched a commitment to increase equality and diversity within the commercial music sector. Hosted at www.ukmusic.org/edc, UK Music’s Equality & Diversity charter will encourage organisations, businesses and individuals to commit to two or more actions in 2012 to help improve equality and diversity in the industry. These can be drawn from the following headings: Recruiting from a wide talent pool Improving...
Fri, 27th January 2012
Jo Dipple has today (27 January) been confirmed as the chief executive of UK Music.She formally replaces Feargal Sharkey, who departed the commercial music industry’s umbrella body in November 2011. Speaking of the appointment, she said: “I am delighted to take on this role. The British music industry is an extraordinary cultural and economic force and I look forward to working with Government and our members to ensure its continued dominance.” Stephen Navin, MPA chief executive said: "I am...
Mon, 23rd January 2012
Henley Business School has announced details of a new MBA for the music industry, aimed at experienced business managers and future business leaders from all segments of the music industry. This MBA programme has been developed in collaboration with an international team of music executives from across the industry. It is built upon the Henley Flexible MBA programme, and enhanced with a bespoke programme of workshops and presentations from leading individuals and companies in the music industry...
Fri, 6th January 2012
The MPA's Stephen Navin will chair a panel as part of ICMP's International Publishing Summit, taking place at midem in January. The session, Towards the Global Repertoire Database, looks at the rapidly changing technological environment in which we find ourselves, in order to identify and solve problems in online licensing. In the short term, there are new business models in place, and indeed under continuous development, that orchestrate direct and collective rights management of licensing. In...
Thu, 5th January 2012
Richard Hooper today issued a call for evidence as part of the independent feasibility study on developing a Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE) in the UK. The independent study is being carried out in two parts. Phase one is looking at all of the issues highlighted in the Hargreaves Review surrounding copyright licensing in and for the digital age in further detail. This includes setting out clear definitions of the roles played by creators, businesses, rights management organisations and...
Wed, 14th December 2011
The Government has today (Wednesday 14 December) launched its ‘Consultation on Copyright’. This follows on from Professor Ian Hargreaves’ report, ‘Digital Opportunity – A review of Intellectual Property and Growth’, which was published earlier in the year. The consultation is based on the ten recommendations made by Hargreaves in his review and covers a number of areas which are of importance to music publishers. Amongst them are the creation of an exception to allow acts of private copying,...
Sun, 11th December 2011
The Music Publishers Association was saddened to learn of the death of music publisher Robert Antony Fell, on Tuesday 6 December, aged 79. Tony Fell was Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers from 1974-1996, and served on the company’s Board until 2000. Driven by an inexhaustible enthusiasm for music, he proved a positive, dynamic and clear-sighted manager, and was in large part responsible for modernising the company’s publishing business and positioning it at the heart of...