Modern Music Publishing Practice: The MPA Intermediate Course

Event Overview


The Intermediate course will provide a more in-depth look at the music publishing business and will expand on topics explored on the MPA Induction Course. It will provide more extensive training for people who are at the mid-level stage in their career. It is for people seeking to refine their existing knowledge and gain a more hands-on, practical understanding of the music publishing business.

The course will be split into five sessions, across three months at the beginning of 2019. From 28th Jan to 25th March. You will be able to book onto all five sessions or individual sessions. Each session will cover a different aspect of the music publishing business, from Sync and Grand Rights, to Legal and Print Publishing. The course programme can be fewed below.

The course will be run by Dennis Collopy (IP and Music Rights Researcher, Music Publisher, Artist Manager).


Scroll down to book tickets for Session 1. Bookings for all other sessions will open shortly.

If you are an MPA Member you can book onto all 5 sessions for £200.00.



  • MPA Members (MPA Members can book all 5 sessions for a discounted rate)

£37.50 plus £7.50 VAT = £45.00 per session

£200.00 for all 5 sessions.


  • MMF Members

£58.33 plus £11.67 VAT = £70.00 per session


  • Non-Members

£83.33 plus £16.67 VAT = £100.00 per session

Programme – please not sessions will take place in the evening from 5pm-8pm


  • Session 1 – Monday 28th January 2019 – The Music Publishing Context

How modern music publishing works across genres and different uses with different relationships from ‘full service’ publishers to ‘rights managers’. How publishers are changing to meet the demands of the modern industry.


  • Session 2 – Monday 11th February 2019 – Music Publishing Contracts

The spectrum of choice in UK songwriter v publisher agreements, sub-publishing and licensing agreements in the age of global and multi-territory licensing


  • Session 3 – Monday 25th February 2019 – Music Copyright essentials

The essential role of copyright law in music publishing including the differences between EU and Anglo-American IP norms that impact licensing, infringement and enforcement. Why Article 13 matters.


  • Session 4 – Monday 4th March 2019 – Music Publishing licensing and revenue collection

International collective and direct licensing including blanket and source licensing across different channels, the key role of collection societies and the challenges of managing massively increased digital data volumes. The impact of the US’ Music Modernisation Act.


  • Session 5 – Monday 25th March 2019- Music Publishing creative exploitation:

How publishers add value by setting up collaborations, chasing covers, synch and new licensing opportunities, the benefits of the publisher’s network.


Jan 28 2019
PPL, 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DE, UK

Book onto all 5 sessions, the full course for the full 3 months.

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