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Newsletter Editorial #131- Ticketing: Reforming A Broken Market

22 Mar 2017

The ticketing debate has rolled on for 10+ years now, with MusicTank among the first organisations to publicly and consistently platform debates on this as far back as 2008, since which, the mantra of “willing buyers; willing sellers” has been used to justify a practice at times inseparable from outright extortion. Regulation, consistency in the marketplace and transparency are vital components in a sector in desperate need of reform.

The Record Label Of The Future

02 Mar 2017

Speaking at a recent Music 4.5 event on the subject of the future of the record label, artist lawyer Robert Horsfall delivered a speech which in under ten minutes succinctly and deftly highlighted much that is still seemingly wrong with many artist/ label recording contracts.

Secondary Ticketing: Days In The Life Of 2 Tickets Traded By A StubHub Validated Ticket Seller

14 Dec 2016

FanFair Alliance tracked the re-sale of 2 Take That Tickets from the moment they were listed on Wednesday 26th October 2016, the morning that their pre-sale opened. Initially priced at £777.77 apiece, seats 65 & 66 were 2 of among 350 tickets being sold by a Quebec-based tout called Julien Lavellee (I Want Tickets) for the group’s four shows at The O2. Here's the story...

Newsletter #130 - The Politics Of Music

10 Nov 2016

At the risk of going out on a political limb, in the wake of last night’s US Presidential election, it’s impossible for the outcome to not influence the tone and content of this editorial. After all, it isn’t everyday that a complete outlier gets to tuck their fit under the desk in the Oval Office…

Digital Economy Bill Update

09 Nov 2016

November 1st saw Nigel Adams MP present his amendment to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee for the Digital Economy Bill - aiming to outlaw the misuse of bot technology by ticket touts to purchase excessive numbers of tickets and to knowingly resell them on the secondary market. On the basis of a “clear commitment to making progress in this area”, the amendment was withdrawn.

Sylvia Patterson: A Rock 'n' Roll Disaster...

25 Oct 2016

Since OK Computer, Radiohead had become arguably The Best Band In The World, to many The Most Important Band In The World and this was the single interview he’d agreed to, a bonafide old-school World Exclusive. The one and only interview anywhere on the planet with Thom Yorke in the year 2000. No pressure, then. What happened next was one of the greatest cock-ups which can ever befall any “professional” journalist...

Advice For London's ‘Night Czar’

20 Oct 2016

Following the path of several other European cities, London is soon to have its own 'night czar' – not an authoritarian figure telling us all to go home early, but someone who will champion the hours of darkness as a legitimate time to be out and about. Whoever is appointed will have a big job on their hands, managing nighttime activities for 8.6m people, not to mention needing to wade-in to policy details, support local campaigns and where necessary, push for legislative change.

Editorial: Are Streaming Services Labels-In-Waiting?

12 Oct 2016

Much has been written over the course of this year about exclusive releases on streaming platforms, with Frank Ocean’s Blond the latest of a number of high profile, profitable exclusives, with Beyoncé, Kanye West and Rihanna, among some of the industry’s biggest-selling artists carving exclusive deals on services such as Tidal and Apple Music...

Editorial: Summer Of Live

15 Sep 2016

UK Music’s annual Measuring Music report 2016 was published at a key moment earlier this month, coming at the end of a summer in which the live music industry has remained foremost in headlines detailing its battles, be they the plight of grass roots venues, the ongoing issue of secondary ticketing, or most vocally, the recent the closure of Fabric...

Jane Dyball: Monetisation, Policy Challenges and the Future of Live

30 Aug 2016

We need to close the value gap and for negotiations to start from a level playing field. Only then can we have competitive licensing in a truly free market. And only then will the true value of music rights be fully realised...

Keith Harris OBE: Education’s Place In The Equality Debate

23 Aug 2016

Having been asked to Chair the Equality and Diversity taskforce for the UK Music industry, I was struck by a casual comment that I heard on Radio 4 the other day...

Is Pop Music The New Feminism?

15 Aug 2016

...an intriguing question for today’s society at a time where success, underrepresentation and gender imbalance are being widely discussed both within the music industry and in the media more generally.

Editorial: Diversity - Redressing An Imbalance

21 Jul 2016

“As a black man who’s worked in the highest levels of the music industry in both the US and the UK, I can tell you that a black American male has much better career prospects in the music industry than his UK counterpart.”

Editorial: It's The Economy, Stupid

16 Jun 2016

Fast forward to 2017, only time will tell whether we'll be discussing 2016 as positively, should the UK make a #Brexit on June 23, in which case the live sector, exports, manufacturing and copyright reform perhaps stand to loose the most...

The Music Industry & Mental Health: Can Music Make You Sick?

16 Jun 2016

Leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), have launched a new industry mental health campaign and the country’s first ever academic research into the issue. The research is being led by Sally Gross and Dr George Musgrave, University of Westminster / MusicTank and begins with a survey that everyone working in music is urged to fill out...

Tidal Forecasts Strong Revenue Increase In 2016

16 Jun 2016

The struggle has been seismic for Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming platform since its launch in 2015. Recent figures however, suggest that it could be turning the corner in terms of its rising number of monthly subscribers...

Newsletter Editorial #125: Diversity's Whitewash

24 Mar 2016

The music industry’s tussle with the issue of diversity most recently typified by a near all-white role call of 2016 BRIT winners has rightly forced this important debate centre stage. And not before time. It’s bewildering why as an industry we find ourselves seemingly unable to embrace change and build a workforce that is truly representative of multi-cultural Britain.

Newsletter Editorial #124: Brexit - We Need To Talk About Europe

01 Feb 2016

With the Europe ‘In’ or ‘Out’ debate rarely off the news agenda, and with a forthcoming referendum that could take place as early as June, it’s somewhat surprising there hasn’t been more open dialogue across the music business about the implications of a result favouring Britain’s exit from the EU.

Keith Harris: Why Are Catalogue Albums Outselling New Releases?

28 Jan 2016

The trend over the last several years towards assuming that just because music is new, that it is good and chiming with a younger audience. The evidence from the live music market place with hugely successful tours from so called Heritage acts, would indicate that older music is very popular with young audiences.

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