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Mon, 28th November 2011
The UK’s first awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that music and sound design makes to the world of visual media is guaranteed to be a glittering affair. The inaugural awards will be hosted by none other than Adam Buxton, the popular comedian and presenter who promises to bring his own particular brand of sparkling humour to the ceremony which will be held on February 23rd 2012 at Koko, Camden. A much-loved face and voice in the music...
Mon, 28th November 2011
The National Plan for Music Education (entitled The Importance of Music) was published on 25 November 2011, setting out the Government’s vision for music education - "to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence". The Plan follows Darren Henley's Review, Music Education in England, published in February....
Thu, 24th November 2011
The Government is currently consulting on measures that would scrap parts of the Licensing Act 2003. In terms of live music, these proposals would exempt all events under a 5,000 capacity from the need to obtain an entertainment licence. UK Music and MPA  support these proposals and will provide a detailed response to the consultation. We believe these changes will make a real and positive difference to the lives of music makers, to local communities and to the wider economy. However, the...
Mon, 21st November 2011
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) today announced that Harriet Finney has been appointed to the newly created role of Press and Public Affairs Officer at the music industry body. In this new position Harriet is specifically tasked with raising the profile of the MPA, bringing its members’ concerns to a wider audience and ensuring that policy makers are aware of issues facing music publishers in the digital age. Harriet has previously worked as Head of Communications for Chrysalis, the...
Fri, 11th November 2011
UK Music has today announced that Feargal Sharkey is leaving the company. Feargal, who was originally Director General of British Music Rights, oversaw the process of the foundation of UK Music, the first representative body for the whole of the UK’s commercial music industry. It was an endeavour of great ambition and has now been in existence for three years. In that time Feargal has been responsible for seeing UK Music become the focus of the industry’s political lobbying, for much of the...
Wed, 9th November 2011
The MPA welcomes today's announcement that the system allowing Channel Island companies to sell goods to the UK without VAT will be closed from 1 April. Low value consignment relief (LVCR) has allowed goods under £15 to be sold to UK customers VAT-free. A number of online retailers set up operations on the Channel Islands to benefit from the loophole, in particular for the sale of CDs and DVDs. The MPA has previously made representations to Government on this issue, urging them to put an end...
Tue, 25th October 2011
The members of the MPA yesterday (Monday 24 October) elected a new Board of Directors. At the 2011 MPA AGM members voted to adopt new Articles of Association of the MPA, incorporating amongst other amendments, changes to the way in which the MPA's Board of Directors is elected. In accordance with those new Articles at yesterday's General Meeting the Board retired en masse and members voted, on the basis of one vote per member company, to elect eighteen Elected Directors to the Board. There were...
Mon, 24th October 2011
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) today launched a new mediation service, providing its members with access to a panel of experienced mediators as a cost effective option for resolving disputes. The scheme will be administered by the MPA whose central London office will be made available to accommodate the mediation sessions. Mediation is a form of dispute resolution. Where two parties are in dispute, mediation provides a framework for resolving the problem without resorting to court...
Wed, 12th October 2011
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of our long standing MPA members John Spalding, Managing Director of Bocu Music, on Saturday 1 October 2011. John’s career spanned over many decades and in the late 70’s included an appointment as International Vice President of Polar Music International AB. Chris Butler, Chairman of the Music Publishers Association writes: “We are very sorry to note the death of John Spalding who died last week at the age of 76. John was one of the...
Thu, 6th October 2011
The shortlists for a number of the 2011 MIA Awards, including the Printed Music Awards, is now available from the Awards website. The shortlists have been drawn together by a group of printed music retailers and voted for by a wider group. The winners will be revealed at the 2011 MIA Awards ceremony at London's prestigious Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on Wednesday 30 November 2011. Early bird tickets are available until Friday 28 October. To book tickets, go to http://www.miamusicawards.com/...
Wed, 5th October 2011
The MPA is excited to support the brand new Music & Sound Awards - the UK’s first awards to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that music and sound design makes to the world of visual media. Aimed at professionals working in advertising, film, television (branding and programming) and gaming, the awards are open to anyone who is involved in the creation, composition, sourcing, licensing, briefing or production of music and sound design for the world...
Mon, 12th September 2011
The European Council today adopted a directive extending the term of protection of the rights of performers and phonogram producers of music recordings within the EU from 50 to 70 years. The new directive also harmonises the method of calculating the term of protection of songs and other musical compositions with words created by several authors ("co-written works"). The term of protection for such works will expire 70 years after the death of the last surviving author, whether the writer of...
Mon, 5th September 2011
The MPA is supporting publisher match-making sessions taking place at WOMEX 2011. On line registration for the 2nd International Publisher Matchmaking at WOMEX is now open. The Matchmaking will be orientated towards all music publishers attending WOMEX who want to offer their services as a sub-publisher and/or are looking for sub-publishers in other areas of the world. This curated service for publishers at WOMEX is free of charge. Pre-registration is required - the deadline is Friday 30...
Fri, 26th August 2011
The MPA is partnering with Vision Sound Music, the UK’s first festival of music for visuals, bringing together the music, film production, advertising and video games industries, taking place from Friday 2 September until Sunday 4 September at London’s Southbank Centre. As part of VSM Pro on the Friday the MPA will present the following session: MPA presents: DJ Fresh, Lucozade and the creative process In some advertising campaigns, the music is more than a vital element, it...
Tue, 23rd August 2011
Companies considering participation in MIDEM and/or SXSW during 2012 can attend a briefing session hosted by UKTI. A programme of events is planned in August and September with the team visiting eight cities around the UK. Those attending will find all they need to know about what to expect from each event, what's involved in attending, how to make the most of the trip, and what help might be available for UK companies wishing to participate. The list of events is as follows: When:...
Mon, 15th August 2011
Bookings are now open for the MIA Awards 2011. The awards have become a major celebration for the whole industry, honouring the best selling and most reliable and innovative products and retail initiatives in the UK and celebrating the top individuals and organisations within the musical instrument industry. The MPA administers the nominations and voting for the five awards that celebrate excellence in printed music publishing and retailing including Printed Music Retailer of the Year,...
Thu, 11th August 2011
The fire at the Sony Distribution Centre is an appalling and unfair disaster for all the labels affected, including those MPA members operating as both label and publisher. MCPS is working with the labels and with AIM as regards mitigating the implications for mechanical licensing. PRS for Music has issued the following statement: "As with our partners across the music industry, and especially in the independent record label sector, PRS for Music is dismayed to hear of the loss of...
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...