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A year at the MPA…looking back on 2018

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As another year draws to a close we want to take a look back over some of the MPA’s achievements this year, and tell you what we’ve been up to.

It’s been a year of intense action at the MPA Group.  Our focus as ever has been on:

  • policy: lobbying for publishers and creators in the UK and beyond.
  • education and training for our members
  • campaigning for music education in schools and diversity in the workplace
  • providing discussion and networking opportunities for publishers, for those starting their career right through to those at their peak!
  • outreach – widening our networks and opening up access to international markets to our members
  • growing our two thriving businesses Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL).
  • and we’ve moved office too!

A landmark moment of 2018 was the MPA’s role, standing alongside our friends and partner organisations across the music industry and government in fighting to close the value gap. We joined the successful #LoveMusic campaign which sought to strike a fair balance between creators and online services so that creators and owners of music can get fair reward.

We have changed our statutes to encourage new members onto our Board and Committees and are active members of UK Music’s Diversity Committee and the Women Make Music initiative. We also support PRS Foundation’s ReBalance programme.  We’ve made a proactive effort to have more diverse and better representation on our panels across our events. This was demonstrated in our AGM theme this year ‘Deeds Not Words’ which championed women who are less about “talking” and more about “doing”.

You have too helped us by completing our industry census which will inform further initiatives to build on the work so far and promote the important work of publishers

This year in total we will have hosted 40 MPA events with an overall attendance of around 2900 people. These include two well-received Specialist Seminars: a two-day seminar on How to Grow A Publishing Company in March and another one in October titled (Not) Another Blockchain Seminar, which delved into Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, and VR.

We’ve also run 4 sold-out MPA Induction Courses over the past year.  With a revamped programme and a host of exceptional panellists, this continues to be one of our key training events. We would like to say a huge thanks to all those who have contributed to this over the year.

We’ve held 2 committee meetings, a speed networking social, a The YMPA Evening Session: Publishing Amnesty and launched a trial series of The YMPA Peer Mentoring Network – a training programme and support network for a dozen young music publishers which runs over 8 fortnightly sessions.

This year we were thrilled to launch a brand new initiative for young music publishers – the YMPA.  The YMPA was created so that we could better connect with and support our younger members.  We understand the vital role that our younger members play in the future of music publishing and the wider music industry and believe it’s a key responsibility of the MPA to nurture this talented community.

We’ve hosted 3 MPA/PRS Member Updates, 4 Policy Picnics, 4 Pub Socials including one with AIM and another with the BPI, hosted drinks at Great Escape, and of course held our AGM and second annual Summer Party where we welcomed 400 publishers, industry friends and politicians to Kings Place…with a nicely-timed football world cup victory to finish off the night, leaving us all dancing to Three Lions!

We’ve also spoken on and hosted educational panels at conferences such as Xpo North in Scotland and Liverpool Sound City and most recently we held a ‘How To Write A Hit’ panel at BBC Introducing Live in London (with our sister organisation BASCA) which saw Paul Smith (Singer/Songwriter), Emily Phillips (Songwriter), Moses Boyd (Drummer, composer and Producer), Harriet Moss (Managing Director, Manners McDade), Gabrielle Aplin (Singer/Songwriter), Iain Archer (Singer/Songwriter/Producer) and Laura White (Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter). Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 presenter) chaired both panels, which were jam-packed.

Something that we’re also proud of is our work around trade and outreach, from the annual LA Trade Sync Mission with DIT, to MIDEM with our sister organisations for the British Music at Midem stand, to delivering careers talks at Universities and attending conferences in numerous cities across the country – the MPA Group are reaching more areas of the UK and internationally than ever before.

Our digital realm has also reached new levels as we’re gaining larger audiences across our social media platforms each day. This has also been reflective on our website which has been attracting people to visit for its resources, news, events, career advice, jobs, music publishing FAQs and much more.

The Music Publishing industry is constantly innovating and changing. Thanks to all of you who do so much to support the MPA and our many projects. We have world-class publishing talent regularly sitting in our offices giving their time and expertise, pro bono, to support our collective efforts. We also want to thank you for choosing to be MPA Members and we hope you continue to be in the future.

Finally, we look forward to seeing most of you at the forthcoming 59th annual MPA Christmas Lunch on Thursday 13th December at the usual spot the London Hilton on Park Lane. Don’t forget it’s on a Thursday this year! We’d like to thank Facebook for sponsoring our drinks reception and Spotify sponsoring our Afterparty.

We are delighted that the theme for this year’s legendary lunch is Festival! We know that many of you had a Glastonbury shaped hole missing from your life this year so we thought we would bring the festival to you in the comfort of a fancy hotel, without all the mud and rain, but with fantastic entertainment, dancing and guests. We are pleased to have the critically acclaimed comedian Jen Brister as our act this year. Tickets have now sold out for the MPA Christmas Lunch but you can join the waiting list for tickets over on the MPA website now.

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