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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...

Paul Pacifico: Reaching For The Stars – Do We Really Think Music Is Worth It?

28 Apr 2015

As a society, we seem to acknowledge that music is a good thing for kids to do and that it is culturally and commercially important with the UK Music sector punching well above its weight globally and generating big numbers for UK plc, but we don’t really believe it. Not deep down. Not enough to invest and get behind it like we do sport or science...

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...

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.

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...

ILLUSTRATIONS: Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R

23 Mar 2015

Rich graphical summaries of MusicTank's big data event - 'Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R', 10 March 2015.

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.

Jeremy Silver: Big Data and Music – Situation Report

03 Mar 2015

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. For the most part, big data is being used to help understand what has happened in the recent past – it also has the potential to be used to predict the future likelihood of success.

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...

Keith Harris: Gifting Music - Streaming's Biggest Challenge?

12 Jan 2015

There is little doubt in my mind that the high level of physical consumption is still a factor governed by the need for people to give music at Christmas, which is not adequately catered for in anything other than the physical form.

Newsletter #112: Swift Exit

12 Nov 2014

Artists and managers must ultimately decide what’s right for them, and its within their gift to deny any platform content but clarity of approach is essential if it’s not to give consumers a mixed message, which is not in anyone’s interests. There are encouraging signs from some quarters that streaming platforms are growing their revenue generating capabilities - it just needs to flow through more equitably and transparently to the artist.

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival

28 Oct 2014

The unexpected sales success of music formatting last year has been labelled ‘The Vinyl Revival’. Laura Creed, Superfi has delved into how and why the cult following for vinyl has resurfaced in this booming digital age. Alongside this, she questions the popularity of digital and what this could mean for the music industry (includes info graphic)...

Artists Are Finally Part Of The Debate: Did The Industry Just Turn The Corner?

23 Oct 2014

Whilst many established industry power-houses are still unwilling to engage in productive dialogue with artists, it seems that there are gaps appearing in the historic armour plating which kept the artists out of the board rooms and that the green shoots of useful conversations might be starting to appear.

Newsletter #111: 'E' Is For Energy - The Elephant In The Room

09 Oct 2014

Whilst the environmental debate regarding global warming ebbs and flows on a near-daily basis, the issue of energy consumption of the storage, transmission and consumption of data – itself exacerbated by the explosion in cloud storage and cloud computing – appears to be more conclusive...

LIVE SCRIBE: Is Technology The New Beatles?

19 Sep 2014

Rich graphical summaries of MusicTank's music and technology event - 'Is Technology The New Beatles', 16 Sept 2014.

Tony Wadsworth: Farewell Speech - BPI AGM, 2014

04 Sep 2014

"In the recent past, government advisers have sometimes fallen into the trap of seeing the protection of intellectual property and content as a barrier to the growth of technology. I think that perception is changing for the better - creative content drives technology growth, but without support, investment and protection, it will suffer, and the industries that depend on it will suffer, and that includes technology."

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