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Tue, 31st May 2011
Ger Hatton, Secretary General of ICMP, is amongst representatives of the creative sector worldwide to have welcomed commitments on intellectual property protection made by the G8 Summit. The heads of 16 organisations responded to the conclusion of the G8 Summit with the following joint statement: "As representatives of the creative sector we welcome the commitment by the G8 leaders in Deauville to steps that will ensure a thriving digital environment guided by the rule of law. "...
Wed, 18th May 2011
The MPA met with fellow members of UK Music early this morning (18 May) to discuss the industry's response to the publication of the Digital Opportunity report following a six-month independent review of IP and Growth, led by Professor Ian Hargreaves. We endorse the following statement issued by UK Music: “The members of UK Music took this Review at face value, and we are pleased it recognises the vital role of intellectual property to this country’s future economic growth....
Mon, 16th May 2011
UK Music has today (16 May) published Destination: Music – the first study of its kind to scope the economic contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism throughout the UK. Drawing on unprecedented access to more than 2.5m anonymised ticketing transactions, the report’s main findings are as follows: Large-scale live music across all regions of the UK attracts at least 7.7m attendances by domestic and overseas music tourists Collectively they spend £...
Mon, 9th May 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 2011 MIA Awards ceremony will take place on 30 November. Further details will be released soon. 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...
Tue, 3rd May 2011
The ninth annual British Composer Awards will take place at Stationers' Hall, London on Wednesday 30 November 2011. The Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music, in association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage of the Awards. The Awards celebrate the music to today's composers living and working in the United Kingdom and also UK premieres of work by composers from outside the UK. Nominations are currently invited for works that have...
Wed, 20th April 2011
The High Court today handed down judgement in a judicial review of measures to tackle online copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Act. Responding to the judgement the Department for Culture Media and Sport posted the following statement to their website: The High Court today ruled in favour of the Government in a judicial review of measures to tackle online copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Act. Mr Justice Kenneth Parker upheld the principle of taking measures to...
Mon, 18th April 2011
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a true legend of music publishing, Terry Oates. Terry Oates, a musician and a figurehead in the music industry, founded Eaton Music in 1975. He started his career at Chappell moving on to Screen Gems, RCA Records and heading up Compass Music, owned by Henry Mancini with whom he established a long term friendship. His first three major signings were Harry Nilsson, Jimmy Webb and Status Quo. Due to Terry’s relationship with Henry...
Fri, 15th April 2011
Record Store Day 2011 takes place on Saturday 16 April, and latest figures suggest it is already shaping up to be one of the biggest celebrations of music seen in the UK: • 180 stores are confirmed to be participating; • they will be selling 252 exclusive releases only available in independent stores; • indie shops will be hosting free performances by 202 artists and bands, together with scores of DJs. Special in-store activities for the day range from cake stalls to...
Mon, 4th April 2011
In a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available now on the iTunes Store. Proceeds from "Songs for Japan" will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society...
Wed, 23rd March 2011
Alongside yesterday's budget (23 March) the Government has revealed its Plan for Growth, a "plan to put the UK on a path to sustainable, long-term economic growth". Published by the Treasury and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills the strategy outlines a 12 point action plan for what are referred to as the "Digital and Creative Industries" (D&CI). These include the creation, by industry, of a Creative Industries Council to provide a voice for the...
Tue, 22nd March 2011
ICMP will once again host a printed music panel as part of Frankfurt Musikmesse. The event brings together Elisabeth Bihl, Executive Director of Canadian Music Centre, Canada; Peter Grimshaw, Founder and Director of BTM Innovation, Australia; Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, Chairman of Schott Music, Germany; Kathleen Marsh, CEO of Musicnotes, USA; and John Thirkell, COO of PureSolo, UK to discuss “New models for selling printed music online” in a discussion moderated by Nicolas...
Thu, 17th March 2011
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) has announced a new partnership with UKTI & The BPI, which will see them become one of the driving forces behind high profile UK trade missions to Los Angeles and Tokyo later this year. This is the first time that the MPA has taken an organisational role in these annual trade missions, which give UK companies unrivalled access to leading figures in two of the world’s key music markets. The LA Synch Licensing Mission will take place between...
Tue, 15th March 2011
Following a week in which UK artists occupied the top three spots in the US album chart, the first time this has happened since October 1985, more than 140 UK acts are confirmed to perform at the 25th annual South By Southwest Music & Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The music element of SXSW starts today (March 15th), bringing together music industry representatives from around the world and showcasing hundreds of musical acts on over 80 stages in downtown Austin. Since the...
Wed, 9th March 2011
Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, has this week launched the Music Blueprint, an in-depth research document that has identified and analysed the skills needs of the Music industry throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Music Blueprint aims to ensure the sector remains productive and in the best possible position to reach its economic potential. In collaboration with employers, trade associations and...
Mon, 7th March 2011
The Music Publishers Association has responded to the Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, urging Government to recognise the economic contribution of the sector and calling for a stable and supportive copyright regime as a platform for further growth. In a joint response with BASCA to the Review’s Call for Evidence, which closed on Friday 4 March, the MPA argues that: the music publishing sector has exhibited significant economic growth in recent years, and...
Mon, 7th March 2011
Stephen Navin, Chief Executive of The Music Publishers Association, has been announced as one of the speakers participating in a high profile panel at this year’s SXSW conference, which takes place later this month. Scheduled for Friday 18 March and entitled Publishing: Music’s Last Money Train?, the panel will examine the continued buoyancy of the music publishing sector and will take a look at why, when other areas are suffering a downturn in revenues, it remains on an upward...
Fri, 25th February 2011
Nielsen Music is the market data and research partner of choice for the music industry with local and international teams of research and music experts bringing robust, quality insight to their music clients. Nielsen Music offers publishers a range of services & solutions including: Access to the official UK & international airplay charts Regular updates on radio and music TV airplay in your selected territory Historical data provision from 2000 onwards Bespoke reports suited to...
Fri, 18th February 2011
UK Music has expressed thanks to the Business, Innovations and Skills Committee for recommending that this country’s music industry is treated as “an industry”, and that Government realises the potential of the creative content sector to drive economic growth. Published in the Third Report of Session 2010-11, Government Assistance To Industry, the Committee today (February 18th) makes two key recommendations relevant to music and other creative content sectors. These are...
Thu, 3rd February 2011
Patrick Rackow’s recent article for Music Week is tragically misinformed of current licensing practices, and as a result is entirely misguided in its call for “all rights [to be] returned back into the collection societies”. Historically, the various collection societies throughout Europe have only ever held national licensing mandates to cover their own territory. Users wanting to license musical works repertoire were required to obtain licences from the individual...
Mon, 10th January 2011
Applications for the 2011 Richard Toeman Scholarship are now open. On offer to each of two winners is free attendance at a range of training courses and social events, as well as £500 to be spent on further training of the winner's choosing. The MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme is designed to support the progress of outstanding individuals within the music publishing industry; to encourage potential, or new, recruits to the industry to develop their skills and experience...