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Rebecca Lammers: 4 Steps To Help You Find A Job In The UK Music Industry

20 Nov 2012

Getting a job in the music industry is difficult, no matter what country you live in at the moment. Given the economy and the fact that digital music sales aren’t compensating for the decline in physical music sales, the music industry has been suffering from a double whammy for a while now. But fear not, it’s not impossible to get a job in the UK music industry and in particular London...

Rebecca Lammers: 3 Steps To Help You Find A Job In The US Music Industry

06 Nov 2012

As an American living in the UK I get asked A LOT about how to get a work visa in the US. My reply is always, “I don’t know! I don’t need a visa to work in the US!” But, I do know how to get a job in the US so here’s some practical information to help you on your career path to work in the US music industry...

#92 Newsletter Editorial: Can Fans Get No Satisfaction?

24 Oct 2012

Revelations broadcast by Channel 4’s Dispatches back in February 2012 have failed to dent public confidence in the online secondary market although technological innovation will continue to help the primary (and secondary) market to operate more effectively - allowing artists to communicate directly with their audience and ensure, at least to some degree, that tickets end up in the hands of genuine fans.

Keith Harris: Has The Record Industry Gone Full Circle?

23 Oct 2012

The confirmation of the sale of EMI Records to Universal reinforces my long held belief that the record industry, at least on this side of the Atlantic, has gone nearly full circle. In the late 1950's there were just two sizeable major labels - EMI and Decca...

PPL/ PRS: Silence Is Not Golden In The Workplace Say Business Owners

18 Oct 2012

Research released from music licensing organisations PPL and PRS for Music suggests that silence in the workplace is far from golden, with over one in five (22%) businesses admitting they would go out of their way to avoid it, preferring to lose a day’s trade than operate in a silent environment.

Andy Inglis - Wanted: Nine Million, Affluent Gig-Goers

03 Oct 2012

Just the other day The Live Music Act 2012 became law in England and Wales, which ushered in the deregulation of live performance in rooms of no more than 200 people capacity. I’ve followed its progress for some time, attended debates, and been invited to give my perspective on it...

Digital Sustainability?

19 Sep 2012

The recordings business has at times been an uneasy bedfellow with technology, never more so than during the last decade which has been dominated by the disruptive and transformative power of the Internet and developments in digital distribution...

#91 Newsletter Editorial: The Dark Side Of The Tune - The Hidden Energy Cost Of Digital Music Consumption

13 Sep 2012

The Dark Side of the Tune reviews current research on the costs of data traffic and highlights some of the energy costs inherent in a range of existing digital music services. These costs are both startling and surprising...

Keith Harris: To Fee Or Not To Fee?

02 Aug 2012

I don't want to dwell too much on the Olympics, but let's face it if you live in Britain it's hard not to. Having watched the much praised and rightly praised opening ceremony, it put me in mind of a conversation that I had a couple of weeks ago, when a prospective student approached me about the idea of doing a University music course. They said that they were very keen to do it, but wondered about whether they would get a job in the music industry afterwards...

Keith Jopling: Is It Worth Innovating With Physical Music?

12 Jul 2012

In the last of this series on music formats innovation I want to briefly look at physical formats. That’s the CD, I suppose. Though luxury Box Sets and Vinyl – both in the ascendancy – are much more the objects of desire that play to the strengths of the word ‘physical’...

#90 Newsletter Editorial: GigTickets.Com

12 Jul 2012

Some of the problems faced by the live business, such as ticket fraud, could broadly be considered black and white issues, whereas secondary ticketing is fifty shades of grey (ba-boom)...With the Association of Independent Festivals soon to announce its ongoing efforts toward fairer ticketing, we wonder whether black and white or grey, the ticketing issues faced by the live music business, might yet get solved in the foreseeable future.

#89 Newsletter Editorial: Kickstarting Crowdfunding

14 Jun 2012

Crowdfunded music artist projects, recently brought into the limelight by Amanda Palmer’s remarkable success through Kickstarter, cannot be made to work for just anyone. There, we said it. And not out of skepticism or dismissiveness either. Here are five things to consider...

Andy Inglis: Beat Surrender? The Grass-Roots Live Music Industry Is Self-Harming

28 May 2012

In his riposte to recent Observer and Guardian articles concerning the plight of small venues, Andy Inglis is convinced that the struggles lies more with attitudes to culture and funding. He is also convinced that attitudes to guest lists and freebies make us all potentially part of the problem...

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'...

Keith Harris: Drugs, Booze & Rock ‘n’ Roll

10 May 2012

In the past week I have watched documentary films about two of British rock's most talented and creative musicians whose careers were both cut short by drug induced psychosis - Syd Barrett founder and creative force behind the early Pink Floyd, and Peter Green who had the same role in the early Fleetwood Mac...

Keith Jopling: Stepping Up Music Innovation

02 Apr 2012

A good service launch needs a magical combination of money, partnership and a purpose - a clear audience to serve or customer problem to solve. Beyond launch, those factors of course change to more grown up concerns - revenue generation, sustainable operations...

Andy Inglis: Live Sector Compliance

29 Mar 2012

Venue owners and promoters face a slew of legislation top-down; from the proposed changes to the Licensing Act (seldom out of the news) to a burgeoning raft of health and safety legislation, noise abatement issues, security and temporary event notices...

Andy Inglis: Learning By Example - UK & Overseas Case Studies

26 Mar 2012

The Luminaire…from award-winning venue to shut-down in under six years. A thorough examination of why it was opened, how it tried to be different, how it was received by the audience, artists and industry, what went right, what went wrong and what its legacy was...

Andy Inglis: Selling The Gig - Ticketing

14 Mar 2012

From Ticketmaster and WeGotTickets to the new direct-to-fan companies snapping at their heels, we'll look at booking and administration fees, kickbacks, paperless tickets, entry systems, fraud and what new technology has in store for the future of ticketing...

Andy Inglis: Selling The Gig - Marketing & Promotion

08 Mar 2012

Part 2 - From promoting the barely-breaking-even backroom gig, right up to sold out arena shows, we’ll consider the full gamut of marketing methods available. What tricks can be learned...

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