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.
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...
Tue, 4th January 2011
Ellis Rich, CEO of Independent Music Group and the outgoing Chairman of PRS for Music has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the music publishing industry.
Ellis created Independent Music Group, a worldwide music publishing consortium in 1989. The group controls many copyrights including the Supreme, R & E, Beat That and JSE Music catalogues. Having started in music publishing in 1963 in Feldman’s post room, Ellis also worked for a spell at EMI. He...
Tue, 4th January 2011
Keith Lowde, music industry veteran, copyright expert and good friend of the MPA has died after his boat overturned on the river Thames near his home at Pharaoh's Island on Sunday 2 January. Lowde, 66, and a 70-year-old friend from Cambridge were swept into the water following the incident and are both presumed drowned. Police have so-far recovered one body from the river. Four other passengers, including Lowde’s wife Jennifer, were in the boat at the time of the incident and...
Tue, 21st December 2010
Around 800 guests from across the music industry and beyond gathered at the London Hilton Park Lane on Friday (17 December) to attend the 51st annual MPA Christmas Lunch.
Before lunch was served MPA Chairman Nigel Elderton presented Ben Newing of Universal Edition with the prestigious MPA Gold Badge. Announcing the award Nigel said, "Ben has always sought to support a strong industry in which all music publishers can flourish, and has always been generous in sharing his own...
Thu, 16th December 2010
Last week saw the launch of Prima Vista Braille Music Services, hosted by Schott Music in London. The event was attended by over 40 music publishers, visually impaired musicians and braille music specialists.
Lydia Machell, Director of Prima Vista, has developed software which works directly with publishers’ production files, making mass-production of braille music possible. The scores are produced under licence and sold through a specially-designed website at http://primavistamusic....
Mon, 13th December 2010
Following a request for proposals earlier this year, the Global Repertoire Database Working Group has published its recommendations as to the way forward towards the construction of a global database for musical works.
The Group is recommending the International Copyright Enterprise (“ICE”) and Deloitte as the organisations best placed to acheive this goal. The two organisations will now carry out a Scoping and Stakeholder Consultation Study, scheduled to be concluded in Autumn...
Wed, 8th December 2010
Brian Jordan, a unique and popular figure in the printed music industry, passed away on the morning of Wednesday 1 December. Brian built up the Cambridge shop that bears his name to be a true Cambridge institution, and was widely acclaimed for his extensive knowledge of classical music publications.
Remembering Brian, composer and regular customer Thomas Hewitt Jones recalls:
"Brian Jordan was an extremely courteous man with an exemplary knowledge of musical...
Thu, 2nd December 2010
Google has announced in a blog post today (Thursday 2 December) that it is to take a number of steps aimed at discouraging online copyright infringement.
The post by Kent Walker, General Counsel is entitled Making Copyright Work Better Online and announces four changes to be implemented "over the next several months".
* To act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours.
* To prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in...
Wed, 1st December 2010
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is providing £3,000 for the commission of a new choral work from Kerry Andrew, winner of the Making Music category at last night’s (Tuesday 30 November) British Composer Awards. Kerry won the Award for her work Fall, a choral setting of a poem by Robin Robertson commissioned by the Joyful Company of Singers.
The newly commissioned work will be developed in partnership with the MPA and Making Music, and will be offered for performance by a...
Thu, 25th November 2010
Mike Pearson of Forsyth Brothers Ltd was last night (Wednesday 24 November) named Printed Music Retailer of the Year at the 2010 MIA Awards. The Award, sponsored by the MPA Catalogue of Printed Music, was accepted by Mike at a ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel. Forsyths’ Manchester shop is over 150 years old and is the UK's single largest music department store, stocking an extensive range of instruments alongside more than 30,000 printed music titles. Collecting the Award,...
Fri, 12th November 2010
As students and police battled for control of a windswept Millbank, a far more serene atmosphere was enjoyed by those present at the Regal Room in Hammersmith for the MPA Showcase. The event provided a stage for some of our members' brightest up and coming songwriting talent. A packed room enjoyed a Smörgåsbord of musical delights, compered by the as ever immaculately turned out Tony Moore.
For more info on each of the acts, follow these links:
Chris Simmons - http://www....
Mon, 8th November 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron used his speech to an audience of high tech businesses and entrepreneurs in London’s East End to unveil a six-month independent review into how the intellectual property system can better drive growth and innovation.
According to the IPO press release the review will look at:
Barriers to new internet-based business models, including the costs of obtaining permissions from existing rights-holders;
The cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual...
Mon, 8th November 2010
The MPA welcomes the announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to review access to finance for the creative industries. Each and every one of the MPA's 260 member companies is a small-to-medium enterprise, and the sector as a whole has experienced challenges in gaining access to funds on offer from schemes such as the Enterprise Finance Guarantee.
As part of a cross government package of measures to help the five million small and medium companies in this...
Tue, 2nd November 2010
The MPA is very excited to have teamed up with the good folk from The Regal Room to present a showcase of the UK’s best new songwriting talent.
The event takes place at the Regal Room (The Distillers, 64, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9PH) on Wednesday 10 November and features a bill made up exclusively of acts put forward by MPA member publishers, and as selected by The Regal Room’s Tony Moore.
MPA chief executive Stephen Navin: “At the very heart of music...
Thu, 7th October 2010
Jeremy Lascelles, CEO of Chrysalis, has been nominated for Orange Leader of the Year at the National Business Awards.
The Awards are open for the public to vote for the best of the best when it comes to running a British business. Launched in 2009 and awarded to Peter Marks, CEO, the Co-operative Group, the Orange Leader of the Year, is the only National Business Awards accolade that that is voted for by the business community and the general public.
Jeremy Lascelles started his...
Tue, 28th September 2010
All young people should have the chance to learn an instrument, read music and receive top quality music education, Education Secretary Michael Gove said today. Launching an independent review of music education, which will be led by Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, Mr Gove said broadening the access and opportunities young people have to experience and understand music is central to raising standards.
Research shows that quality music education improves behaviour, attention...
Mon, 27th September 2010
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is delighted to announce that it has promised to fund the winner of the Making Music category of the 2010 British Composer Awards for a choral commission to be performed by a group of choirs from within the membership of leading UK amateur organisation, Making Music.
Stephen Navin, Chief Executive of the MPA, commented “We the MPA are big fans of, and are delighted to be associated with the British Composer Awards. We are in the business of...
Mon, 27th September 2010
"The European Parliament is at last taking its responsibility and refusing the sterile polemics launched by the left", Marielle Gallo MEP, Rapporteur on strengthening the application of intellectual property rights in the internal market, said after her text was adopted by a large majority of the European Parliament (328 in favour, 245 against) in plenary today.
"Online piracy is an infringement of copyright and causes serious economic damage to artists, to creative industries...