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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.

Newletter Editorial #133 - Musicians’ Mental Health: No Longer Taboo

19 Oct 2017

MusicTank has published the second part of its ground-breaking research into musicians’ mental health, conducted by Sally Gross and Dr. George Musgrave of University of Westminster. ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ is an accomplished piece of work, distinguished by it being the world’s largest known academic study into music and mental health, its publication marking the end of this year-long study into anxiety and depression as experienced by both musicians and music industry professionals.

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.

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...

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.

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: 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...

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.

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.

Music Industry Wins High Court Copyright Case Against Government

19 Jun 2015

The High Court has ruled against the UK Government in a Judicial Review case brought by BASCA, The MU and UK Music. These three bodies challenged the decision to introduce a private copying exception into UK copyright law, arguing that it was unlawful because it failed to provide fair compensation to rightholders...

Lessons Learned From A Crowd-Funded Startup

02 Apr 2015

With just 3 weeks of their crowdfunding campaign remaining and with 110% of its target raised, Living Indie co-founder Niels Footman shares insight and lessons learned.

Newsletter Editorial #115: Fair-Weather Friend?

10 Feb 2015

The music industry can be forgiven for feeling hard done-by of late – with two pieces of legislation recently given the bums rush by UK Government plc. This lack of support on key areas of policy is worrying given the sector’s net contribution to the UK Economy (worth £3.6bn in 2013), and is out of step with the burgeoning UK creative and cultural sector which is increasingly looked upon as being a key driver in pulling the EU out of recession.

Ticketing

13 Jan 2015

MUSICTANK TICKETING COVERAGE: EVENTS AND WRITE UPS Read more at http://musictank.swddev.com/blog/ticketing/#vVBphtPg5efYcYRu.99

Newsletter #113: This Business Of Live Music

11 Dec 2014

The simple truth is that the vast majority of small capacity live music venues ironically can’t sustain themselves solely through live music; rather they cross-subsidise live music from the profit made by club nights and private hires. It’s a pretty grim state of affairs. “…the ‘rule book’ for the small venue sector was written in the 70s, little has changed since and there’s been a definite lack in asking for what we need...it’s time to do something radical.” Mark Davyd - Music Venue Trust

The Method Behind The Madness Of Creative Recycling At Glastonbury

21 Nov 2014

Environmental sustainability is a major factor in hosting any music festival or major event. Whether it is ensuring that waste is recycled, stages are using the minimal amount of power or carbon footprints are decreased; a lot of energy goes in to making sure that the environment comes first on the list of priorities...

Newsletter #110: The Politics Of Regulation

10 Sep 2014

If we are going to get a coherent policy that doesn’t change with each new Secretary of State, let’s hope the roll call of past and current policy contradictions spanning music education, noise abatement, the licensing act and the digital economy become less about being pawns in the electioneering game and more about a robust and fully considered music industry policy fit for a connected 21st Century.

Jazz Services: Onwards And Upwards

23 Jul 2014

Jazz Services are willing and able to keep providing for and supporting the UK’s jazz scene. Instead of despairing, the support from the people at the heart of the jazz scene has helped inspire us to come back better than ever, and we’re eager to live up to the faith they’ve shown in us. Onwards and upwards…

Stephen Budd: Professionalising The UK Afrobeats Industry

17 Jun 2014

I've had a long love affair with African music, starting in my early twenties when I discovered Nigeria's Fela Kuti. His unique Afrobeat rhythms and deep political message and especially his incredible live performances, blew me away and in my mind he became the African equivalent of Bob Marley. His sons Femi and Seun keep that proud tradition alive and constantly perform around the world.

Newsletter #108: Performance And The Public Purse

10 Jun 2014

Publicly funded, world-class institutions such as The National Theatre have a duty of care to uphold the integrity of live performance and in the process ensure a rich and vibrant future for music theatre performance.

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