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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.

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...

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."

Newsletter #109: Conscious Coupling

16 Jul 2014

Technology and music - historically, it’s been a difficult marriage. The rapid growth of digital represents an evolutionary leap, impacting creation and production through to distribution and consumption and it feels like we’re now at a cross roads, with one direction signposting incredibly exciting, viable and sustainable new opportunities; the other pointing to a single track road dominated by the on-coming tech-orientated juggernauts of Google, Apple and co. who show little sign of giving way.

Guest Editorial #107: The Digital Age And The Myth Of Free Content, Paul Pacifico

15 May 2014

There is a seductive myth in the online world that some content is free. There are large commercial interests in perpetuating this myth and much misunderstanding stems from it...

Streaming Debate: Billy Bragg's Response To Byrne's 'How Will The Wolf Survive…'

08 Apr 2014

Byrne’s recent post, ‘How Will The Wolf Survive: Can Musicians Make A Living In The Streaming Era’ is a very welcome intervention in the streaming debate. He not only takes time to respond to critics of his earlier comments, he also makes some helpful suggestions as to how we might move forward. And his comments couldn’t be timelier...

Newsletter #106: A Bird In The Hand

28 Mar 2014

Future-gazing is naturally a pastime for many that are interested in the recordings industry. Is it possible that theorising about what is to come might hinder efforts to address current problems or exploit opportunities in the here and now? Is the media’s obsession with the picture of a digital-only recordings business fuelled by mass subscription to ubiquitous streaming services eroding the confidence of those trying to maximise success using the tools at hand?

Crispin Hunt - Creators’ Rights In A Digital World

17 Mar 2014

The opportunities for musical innovation in the digital environment are countless...the digital world is our oyster…the only downside is that you seem have to do it all ‘on spec’..."The Internet somehow confused the right to the free movement of ideas (a concept which I adhere to strongly) with the free movement of work."

Newsletter #104 January: The Artist Economics Of Streaming

16 Jan 2014

Streaming is already a red hot topic for 2014, with the format having grown over 2013 and a high profile publicity campaign warming up for Beats Music, which launches on Tuesday...

Keith Harris: The Future Of The BBC

17 Dec 2013

So the BBC is under scrutiny again. The House of Commons Select Committee on The Future of the BBC is meeting to answer questions, which include “what should the BBC be for, and what should be the purpose of public service broadcasting?”...

David Emery - The Music Industry Didn't Die

26 Sep 2013

I've been watching books. Or rather, not. For the last week or so on my daily zig-zag across the capital I've been trying to spot people reading books. I think for the purposes of informal but informative data collection..

Newsletter #100 July: We Came, We Debated, We Challenged...

09 Jul 2013

We’d like to use this, our 100th editorial, to briefly cast an eye over some of the issues that MusicTank tackled in its first 10 years. Several of our think tanks have been highly topical, with points being made by our speakers that challenged commonly held beliefs.

Newsletter #99 June: Get With The Programme Apple

13 Jun 2013

Whether you think Apple has helped or hindered the music industry, it is, of all the tech giants, the company most readily associated with music, thanks to the legacy and success of the iPod and iTunes. In its product updates, religiously watched by millions, the company continues to emphasise the value of music to its ecosystem, no less so with iTunes Radio...

Newsletter #97 April: #NewMediaVsTradMedia

09 Apr 2013

Whether it’s the industry-baiting ArtistsVsArtists campaign, spearheaded by US “tropical grit hop” duo Ghost Beach or the primetime-driven success of Ant and Dec, aka PJ & Duncan, rhumbling to number one on the back of their Saturday Night Takeaway performance, debates around the potency of ‘traditional’ and ‘new’ media marketing techniques have found a renewed vigour over recent weeks...

10 @ 10: What A 10 Years It's Been..!

12 Mar 2013

It’s been 10 years since MusicTank started. That might not seem to be all that long on the face of it, however when you consider that this tumultuous period has seen the arrival of Apple’s iTunes Store and creation of a licensed digital music market; EMI being sold (twice); Virgin, Our Price and Woolworths disappear from the High Street; HMV enter administration; Live Nation and AEG dominate live music; Top of the Pops pulled from...

Newsletter #95 February: Curation, Anticipation And Surprise...

14 Feb 2013

Will recorded music’s future be about access? Or will it be about ownership? That’s already a well-debated question, of course, and one that will occupy conference speakers for the immediate future, fuelled no doubt by recent trade figures from Sweden and Norway...

Keith Harris: Let's Pet Physical

21 Jan 2013

I noticed this morning an article highlighting the fact out that record sales in Sweden rose last year, as they had the year before. Spotify has a remarkably high uptake in its native Sweden, with more that 1 million paying subscribers from a population of about 9 million people, with 80% of users saying that they have stopped file-sharing...

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