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Robert Ashcroft's 2015 PRS AGM Speech

20 May 2015

At the 2015 PRS AGM on Tuesday Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music's Chief Executive delivered a speech where he drew attention to the hurdles faced by songwriters and publishers that preclude them from getting "fair value" for their work...

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...

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...

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

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.

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."

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…

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.

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...

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...

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..

Suzanne Bull, MBE: Music, The Arts & Disabled People

09 Jul 2013

I have always been a disabled person and loved live music. In the mid ‘90s I was at a festival and in those days, there was no access. In struggling to keep my front row place facing the stage, I got my neck trapped on the barrier. My thoughts were to get out alive and find a way of making live music accessible! I began to document the experiences of other disabled people at festivals and venues...

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: Lord Chris Smith - Music Is Our Ambassador

12 Apr 2013

At serious risk of showing my age, I recall that the first record I ever bought was “She Loves You”, back in 1963. In the intervening fifty years, the world of music has changed beyond recognition. One thing remains, however, compellingly true – that Britain plays a hugely significant global role in the making and playing and enjoying of music...

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