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#78 Newsletter Editorial - The Money Issue

21 Mar 2011

With a new budget just a couple of days away, it seems a good time to draw together some growing issues around the levying of VAT on music...is the time right for the industry to lobby for a Europe-wide VAT exemption on music?

Going Viral

04 Mar 2011

Matt Smith’s lightening tour through the fundamentals - the processes and rules of engagement - of what makes a video go viral - a summary from his keynote MusicTank presentation, 03.03.11 - 'How To Spawn A Viral Hit'.

The Electric Proms - RIP?

04 Feb 2011

That such a rich, vibrant and culturally significant music brand is to be dropped from the TV schedules is truly disappointing...what other TV platform produces such treats as Elton John teaming up with Plan B, an exclusive Robbie Williams night with a special string and horn section, Dizzee Rascal performing with an orchestra for 1Xtra or Oasis on stage with the Crouch End Festival Chorus?

MT Community response: Number One with a Bullet?

04 Feb 2011

Regarding this newsletter editorial and 'front-loaded' releases...could the record companies not set up a system allowing reviewers, DJs, etc. to stream pre-release versions of any future-single or album? This would solve the issue of p2p sharing as no 'tangible' version would have been available prior to official release.

#77 Newsletter Editorial - Ringing In the Changes

20 Jan 2011

The radio-to-release window has effectively been closed, meaning that for the majority of new releases, fans will be able to buy tracks as soon as they hear them on radio. The move offers a legitimate solution for people unwilling to wait weeks to buy a track they like who might otherwise be tempted to piracy. It will also see the chart return to being a meaningful signpost of popularity, where tracks enter and climb rather than chart high then immediately plummet.

Feargal Sharkey: CEO, UK Music: Access To Finance

18 Jan 2011

Access to finance is one of UK Music’s ongoing priorities – working to open up schemes like the Enterprise Finance Guarantee, or helping banks and Government understand the pressures and needs of music entrepreneurs. More...

Brave New World…

11 Jan 2011

“Social gaming is the next MTV” according to Yuza Mobile CEO, Richard Skaife, who keynoted MusicTank's recent forward-looking panel, Brave New World… that considered location-based gaming, augmented reality (AR) and app development vehicles for the music industry.

A&R Radio

10 Jan 2011

In answer to your request for ideas, 'kooky' or otherwise...why not set up a radio station publicly previewing material not yet commercially released by publishers and producers? (material that's been filtered for quality, genre relevance, etc.)

Instant Music Purchasing By TV

22 Jun 2010

...a service that allows you to instantly buy (touch the red button now!) any music currently playing in an advert or programme...

Bundling Downloads With Vinyl

22 Jun 2010

I’d like to see some consumer research on the likely effect of bundling downloads with vinyl. As a vinyl fan, I’d doubtless buy plenty more if I didn’t have to make a pressurised and often random extrapolation at point of purchase over whether I’m more likely to play the music at home (vinyl) or in the car/at work (CD/download).

Micropayments

22 Jun 2010

I believe we as an industry should focus on the development of a proper micropayment system, wherein people are asked to pay a smaller amount for access to quality content...

Right to Reply on MusicTank's Bill Sticklers Will Be Prosecuted Newsletter, 01 April '10

01 Apr 2010

I was surprised to read the MusicTank editorial by Sam Shemtob and John Power yesterday - urging the UK music industry to play nicely with the crocodile. The crocodile, in this case, being the anti-copyright ideologues. Surely a more sophisticated political analysis is needed.

Right to Reply on MusicTank's P2P Busters Newsletter, 11 October '07

12 Oct 2007

Agree with many of the points raised in the last issue. But I don't understand the "suing customers" line. A one-time shopper turned shoplifter does not a customer make. People are not sued for being customers. When you start giving music away to millions of other people, whether you bought it or not in the first place is irrelevant.

Right to Reply on MusicTank's P2P Busters Newsletter, 11 October '07

11 Oct 2007

I, like you, am intrigued by the possibilities if more and more artists release records following the Radiohead model, though I am very surprised that not one journalist (at the BBC, at MusicTank, or at any of the music press) has commented on the fact that Radiohead have bypassed the minimum royalties set out in the MCPS JOL (by filing a form 7F with MCPS).

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