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MusicTank Entrusted with JazzUK Legacy

14 Nov 2017

MusicTank, University of Westminster is delighted to announce that it is to receive the assets of JazzUK as part of that charity’s formal closure. Central to JazzUK’s work was the provision of online business information with which to further both musicians’ careers and those businesses working in the sector, and it is with that in mind that MusicTank was deemed the most appropriate beneficiary of JazzUKs archive.

Newsletter Editorial #132 - Fake Artists: Back Door Music Curation Or Just Fake ‘Fake News’?

13 Jul 2017

Accusations and commentary about alleged 'fake' artists on Spotify playlists have intensified recently, with MusicTank itself commenting on this in both The Times, and on Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs PM programme,

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 On the basis of a “clear commitment to making progress in this area”, the amendment was withdrawn.

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.

Newsletter Editorial #122 - The Digital Rights Divide: Making Available & Equitable Remuneration

21 Oct 2015

The inexorable rise in the growth of streaming services isn't good news for the majority of artists and performers, who currently reap significantly lower royalty payments from an increasing number of licensed streams compared to royalties they derive elsewhere, such as from broadcasts and sales of recordings.

Paul Pacifico: Is Compulsory Licensing The New Next Big Thing (Again?)

18 Sep 2015

Compulsory Licensing (‘CL’) is an option that has historically been seen as anti-competitive and as closing down a free market in favour of some sort of socialist protectionism for artists. In actual fact, it may just be the platform the digital market needs to open up competition and foster the innovation in services and business models so desperately needed.

Newsletter Editorial #120 - Transparency: Digital Problems In An Analogue World

17 Jul 2015

We know that the transparency technology brings in the digital space allows for grass roots movements to coalesce & drive change like never before. Change is both possible & necessary on many fronts. Today, that front is the inequitable status of commercial radio in the USA and the fight to ensure #fairplayfairpay for all artists, everywhere.

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Finland

23 Jun 2015

Unlike Germany, Finland has abandoned the levy system in favour of a government remuneration scheme - a system similar to that of Spain. Many have praised Finland’s move as it is encouraging other EU member states away from what is increasingly perceived as an anachronistic levy on devices and blank media.

Newsletter Editorial #119: From Music To 3D Printing: The Right To Copy Conundrum

10 Jun 2015

The idea of a blank media levy is not at all new - the debate has been around since cassette tapes enabled affordable, large-scale private copying, yet with the advent of 3D printing, the concept of making copies of an ‘original’ item is about to enter a whole new dimension.

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Germany

09 Jun 2015

MusicTank continues its analysis of private copy compensation systems within the EU. Representing the largest recorded music industry in Europe, Germany has been highly influential in laying the foundations for private copy exception, and as such, takes a polar opposite view to Spain and the UK when it comes to compensating rights holders for private copying.

Newsletter Editorial #118: The Digital Pie - Something's Gotta Give...

21 May 2015

In the race to legitimacy, those crafting the raw material on which licensed digital services depend - the song - face transparency complexities of Gordian Knot proportions, and which show few signs of abating...

EU Private Copying: Situation Report - Spain

30 Apr 2015

Ahead of a forthcoming MusicTank debate on the topic of who pays for the right to copy, beginning with a look at Spain, Arya Rinaldo kick-starts an analysis of the European Copyright Directive regarding the different approaches individual EU member states bring to the issue of rightsholder compensation for private copying...

Newsletter Editorial #117: Who Pays For The Right To Copy?

15 Apr 2015

Earlier this month, MusicTank published the second whitepaper under its Future Thinking strand of activity - Private Copying Of Music: A New Model For Artist Compensation. This paper probes the issue of rightsholder compensation with regards to private copying...

Sam Rudy: Private Copying Of Music - A New Model For Artist Compensation

26 Mar 2015

This paper argues for an immediate EU wide statutory introduction of an improved blank tape levy. It proposes an evolution of the concept of private copying and in doing so suggests that this new levy could provide urgently needed remuneration to music rights holders...

Newsletter Editorial #116: Retail Therapy

04 Mar 2015

Retail is indeed a diverse, complex and multi-channel connector between creators and consumers. Innovation in retail needs to be met with similar innovation in music – in particular, music licensing, especially music publishing... licensing content ‘at any cost’ is simply not an option for rights holders, anymore than it is for the historically low-margin music retail sector.

Martin Mills: 'Digital Giants', Disaggregation & Global Release Day

27 Feb 2015

We must not allow the dominant players in our supply side industry to use their oligopolostic power misguidedly to pervert the market to what they may see as their short term advantage, at the cost of the diversity and opportunity in the market that we love, and of the album format, which sustains our retail partners, allows artists the form of expression they need, and fans the format they want.

Alison Lamb: Smart Data - Labels, Artists, Brands & Fans

27 Feb 2015

Ahead of Music Tank’s upcoming event ‘Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R’ this blog looks to explore the varying roles that big data plays in the music industry. Big data often refers to ‘the very large and highly complex data sets thrown off by global online consumer activity, particularly arising from social media activity such as on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or from page-views of sits such as Wikipedia’

Brian Message: The “Real Value” Relationship Between Managers and Retailers

25 Feb 2015

Brian Message's ERA Manifesto launch speech, focusing on transparency, NDA's and the broken economic cycle between artist, label and consumer.

VIDEO - Prithwijit Mukerji: Moneyballing Music

19 Feb 2015

Prithwijit's video introduces you to our March 10th think tank. This event will consider how the recorded music industry is currently collecting and using data to support a historically subjective process of signing new artists, and will go on to look at the potential of smart data for the wider industry...

Newsletter #114: 2015 -The Road Ahead...

15 Jan 2015

With a New Year upon us, there can be no doubt that the pace of innovation and change so evident across large swathes of the music industry landscape in 2014 will continue apace, and necessarily so. With innovation in mind, it’s perhaps fitting for this first MusicTank newsletter of 2015 to highlight plenty of new MusicTank activity scheduled over the next few months...

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