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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.

Keith Harris: Technology Can Enhance, Not Kill The Album Format

19 Aug 2014

There is tendency to always assume that new technology will kill things - radio, movies, television, albums - the truth is that it isn’t necessarily so. Perhaps for the current mass-market consumer the album is not popular, but I think that there are still many artists who are able to put together a body of work, which demands to be heard in the form in which it was conceived.

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.

Stephen Budd: Professionalising The UK Afrobeats Industry

17 Jun 2014

I've had a long love affair with African music, starting in my early twenties when I discovered Nigeria's Fela Kuti. His unique Afrobeat rhythms and deep political message and especially his incredible live performances, blew me away and in my mind he became the African equivalent of Bob Marley. His sons Femi and Seun keep that proud tradition alive and constantly perform around the world.

Newsletter #108: Performance And The Public Purse

10 Jun 2014

Publicly funded, world-class institutions such as The National Theatre have a duty of care to uphold the integrity of live performance and in the process ensure a rich and vibrant future for music theatre performance.

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...

VLOGS: How To Fund Your Music Project, by Remi Harris

14 May 2014

Remi Harris introduces each of the six main chapters of her recent guide, 'Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects'. Building on her extensive knowledge of creative industries’ funding Remi Harris considers the six main sources of money: Grants, Friends & Family, Crowdfunding, Sponsorship, Debt and Investment – and the five-stage process essential to securing music business funding.

Keith Harris: Play Will Pay...

09 Apr 2014

The UK music survey last year, showing that the value of the creative industries to the UK economy was £3.5 billion a year, should at the very least register and hopefully make people more wary about building a society on the basis of automatic regimentation of children into traditional jobs...

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 #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...

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?”...

Newsletter #103 November: Noise vs Music: The Real Loudness War

21 Nov 2013

As we’ve embraced digital marketing as a means to promote concerts and gigs, the noise that the consumer deals with has steadily increased - there is no shortage of sites offering to list a gig, but how many people actually read them?

Newsletter #102 September: Can the Toilet Circuit Clean Up Its Act?

14 Nov 2013

The Live Music Act recently enjoyed its one-year anniversary, undoing onerous restrictions placed on small venues by the Licensing Act 2003, and ensuring that the UK’s grassroots music scene stays vibrant and, hopefully, gets healthier...

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..

Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects by Remi Harris, 2013

25 Sep 2013

NOW ON SALE, this 'must-read' funding guide puts the finance topic firmly under the spotlight, providing musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs with a hands-on answer to the question "how can I get funding for my music project?"

Remi Harris: Why The Music Industry Needs To Be Fluent in Funder-Speak

09 Jul 2013

Getting funding for music seems to be an obsession at the moment, with the launch of several new schemes this year alone to provide loans, investment and grants to music companies for artist development, most recently Momentum Music.

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