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Andy Inglis: The Lie Of The Land - Sector Overview

01 Mar 2012

Live course part 1 - This introductory session considered the changing nature of the audience in a world where attention spans are shortening, where technology and an explosion in media makes never leaving the house an attractive proposition, and how venues can adapt to cope and survive in the teeth of arguably the worst economic crisis in history.

#86 Newsletter Editorial - Streaming, Stats & The Full SP.

21 Feb 2012

Our enquiries are showing that the recordings business is taking a rightly cautious approach to streaming, with the labels we’ve been speaking to - successful independents and majors - carrying out their own research into how streaming affects consumption across their rosters...

Keith Harris: Form 696 Lives...

06 Feb 2012

Congratulations are due to Lord Tim Clement-Jones, The Musicians Union and UK Music for their recent success in carrying through the live music bill, making it possible for musicians to play in venues of up to 200 people without the venue requiring a license. It has been a long and certainly worthwhile campaign...

Hamish Birchall: The Live Music Bill Clears Its Last Commons Hurdle...

26 Jan 2012

It is now on the home straight to becoming law. Two minor amendments agreed in Commons Committee must be ratified in the Lords, probably within a fortnight, and dates set for Royal Assent. Implementation will require secondary legislation. A lead-in period of several months is likely to allow time for the live music sections within statutory Licensing Guidance to be rewritten.

#85 Newsletter Editorial - Cool For Stats...

26 Jan 2012

On a digital business and industry PR level, a new maxim is emerging: research. Digital services are appearing and developing with relentlessly quickly, and with both music and the Internet so obviously beloved by everyone, it would be strange if issues relating to file-sharing and how copyright works in the digital age weren’t hugely interesting to the general public...

Keith Jopling: Who’s Driving New Music Industry Insights?

08 Dec 2011

EMI Open is now up & running (EMI’s Sandbox facility for developers via API’s) and Spotify announced its plans to – yes once again – go the way of the API – allowing app developers to plug into its streaming catalogue (though controversially the commercials once again look conspicuously absent).

#83 Newsletter Editorial - Reasons To Be Cheerful

01 Nov 2011

The world is in the midst of a global financial and economic crisis. Last week European leaders arguably saved a faltering Euro by agreeing to write off 50% of Greek debt and set aside 1 trillion Euros to promote financial stability. Closer to home, protesters at St. Paul’s argue that capitalism is broken, and banking and political systems are to blame...

Keith Jopling: Is The Music Industry Really Ready To Innovate?

31 Oct 2011

Innovation is the watchword in business at the moment, with all sectors keen to look to new ideas to help drive some growth out of the glum depths of the current recession. The music industry is no exception with a slate of new digital services – from Deezer, Blackberry and Virgin Media in the UK (and Facebook and Google initially in the US)...

Alison Tickell: Better Batteries

28 Sep 2011

The Better Batteries campaign aims to sign up 100 performance venues and touring productions to make the switch from disposable to rechargeable batteries and increase the rate of recycling for both disposable and rechargeable batteries.

#82 Newsletter Editorial - Red Tape, Wrong Place

22 Sep 2011

The UK live business has seen an array of deals, consultations and closures this summer, as each element of the sector has aimed to innovate against a struggling economy. Those in the corridors of power are often accused of not providing enough assistance to the fledgling or enough control over the aggressive...

Richard Marks: Ethical Ticket Exchange Will Be Sadly Mist

18 Sep 2011

The sad demise of Scarlet Mist - the ethical ticket exchange - represents another victory for the bad guys and leaves concert and festival-goers without a key service they had come to rely on...

Keith Harris: UK Riots Aftermath - The Blame Game...

31 Aug 2011

Having read pages of soul searching reflection on the causes of the recent riots I am surprised to find that there is an element that seems to have been completely overlooked. There was of course the usual, almost traditional resort to blaming music...

#81 Newsletter Editorial - Remake, Remodel: Review

29 Jun 2011

So a late afternoon spent in the Boardroom of PRS discussing five key themes to emerge from Tony Wadsworth’s recent label report. Artist development, changing media, the health of the label, digital vs. physical and the alternatives for artists – what did we learn?

Keith Ames, Musicians’ Union: The Lost Arts

29 Jun 2011

"...established to record all of the projects, initiatives and organisations that will be lost due to the cuts in public funding for the arts. The website will keep a running total of the money lost to the arts, the money lost to the wider economy and the number of jobs at risk. By keeping an account of the damage done, we aim to win the argument for public funding of the arts once and for all."

Falling Down: The Live Experience

17 Jun 2011

MusicTank’s sold-out Live Industry course recently concluded, with the quality of the live experience coming under particular scrutiny. “Generally speaking, touring in the UK means all the tins of Red Stripe you need to kill the pain…”

Done & Dusted

27 May 2011

...The live industry is a bit murky from the outside. Not murky in an illegal sense; just.... you know... murky. A bit confusing, impenetrable.

The Trials And Tribulations Of The Luminaire

18 May 2011

It's a tough time to get involved with music. The job market's the toughest it's been in decades, and don't forget the music business comes under the 'arts' banner, and the arts are being hammered by funding cuts. Don't lose heart though. Stick at it, and remember that the wonderful thing about this business is that most people who work in it don't really know what they're doing, so if you're better than the next person, and the next person's an idiot, you'll get to where you want to go in the end.

Andy Inglis: You do the Maths...

12 Apr 2011

"...I've been burned too many times as a venue owner, losing out when it dawned on the promoter that their chosen charity didn't adequately resonate with the intended audience."

Andy Inglis: From Mini Eggs to Artists' Fees

07 Apr 2011

"While recounting an anecdote about my time in Norway as a festival booker in 2008, I produced a spreadsheet which listed the fees it took to secure the artists. I'd planned to have a laugh with it, reading out a few of the figures, with vague clues about the bands..."

John Smith, MU General Secretary: Arts Council Funding Cuts

31 Mar 2011

"...At a time when our general economy is struggling, it seems illogical to cut money to the arts, which is one area of the economy that has consistently maintained growth. The UK has the largest cultural economy in the world relative to GDP and..."

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