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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.

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...

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

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.

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...

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 #105: Ticketing - We're All In This Together...

19 Feb 2014

On the back of another great year for the live sector that was 2013, and with this year’s festival season waiting in the wings, news of another inquiry into ticketing by another All-Party Group of MPs is unsurprising, and for many working in the live sector and their customers, largely to be welcomed. There is, however, a sense of déjà vu with all this...

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.

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...

Andy Inglis: 10 Years After The Station Nightclub Disaster, Have We Learned Nothing?

31 Jan 2013

A couple of years ago, I was sitting with Dominique Czopr, owner of The Boileroom, a 250 capacity venue in Guildford. One of her many areas of expertise surrounds the Health, Safety and Legislation issues in live music venues. She told me of a deadly fire in a nightclub in Rhode Island called The Station...

Caitlin Graham, Which? The OFT Should Re-Examine Ticketing

15 Jan 2013

December’s MusicTank panel debate offered a unique opportunity to get various stakeholders into a room to discuss the challenge of getting primary tickets back into the hands of fans. The ticketing market, in its current form, is not working well for consumers...

Shane Mansfield: The Future Of Ticketing Is In Your Hands

09 Jan 2013

The ticketing industry, alongside the music industry in general, is in constant flux. From the days of ticket lists on club doors, to the advent of digital tickets encased in mobile phones, innovation and creativity is always on the move. Paradoxically, despite this innovation, it is still common to see both the old entrance lists and more modern methods in use across a whole spectrum of events.

Rebalancing The Ticketing Market: Sharon Hodgson, MP

19 Dec 2012

There are many points on which I would agree with the contribution to the secondary ticketing debate from StubHub's Navin Kekane, particularly on the need for greater transparency of primary allocations – letting fans know how many tickets are available on the onsale date, and how many are channelled elsewhere.

Face Value - The Secondary Market Conundrum: Navin Kekane, StubHub

11 Dec 2012

This week’s debate ‘Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans’ at Music Tank made it clear there is still much we can do together to identify and address the true issues within the live music industry. For StubHub, as a technology company dedicated to providing a great fan experience, there are clear opportunities to work with willing partners to progress this...

Ticketing: A Statement From Live Nation's COO Paul Latham

04 Dec 2012

Promoters have argued for several years that secondary ticketing needs legislation. The rampant proliferation of the secondary market has created a parasitic business for profiteers who have no investment in the music industry. This creates a huge problem for those who have long-term interests in the financial stability of the business...

Response From UK Music And The Musicians’ Union

10 Oct 2012

We want to thank Andy Inglis for his comments on the Music Tank blog around the Live Music Act. He articulated valid points which are central to the thinking around the Act; we all must consider its implementation.

John King - Live Music Act Guidance: The Devil In The Detail

26 Sep 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 created three categories of music: live music, recorded music, and entertainment similar to live and recorded music. The Act itself offers little explanation of the first two categories, and no hint of what could be included in the last, which has led to local authorities enforcing differing interpretations. This matters because their purpose is surely to promote the objectives of the Licensing Act, by guiding the accurate targeting of licence conditions.

John King: Is There A Particular Ethnic Group Attending?

22 May 2012

In an 'intelligence' gathering move - more Laurel and Hardy than Holmes and Watson - Essex Police have reintroduced the music-profiling question “Music style to be played /performed”, but assumed that the genre 'bashment' was a spelling mistake and had renamed it 'basement'...

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