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#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...

#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."

#80 Newsletter Editorial - Streams & Silver Linings: Where 'The Cloud' Is Taking Us...

21 Jun 2011

The recent furore surrounding Apple’s iCloud announcement started well before the launch, as the media train rumbled along, gaining momentum, pundits speculating wildly until its final perfectly timed explosion on 7th June into vlogs, blogs and broadsheets the world over...

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.

#79 Newsletter Editorial - Remake, Remodel

16 May 2011

MusicTank's 4th Industry Report, written by BPI Chairman and former Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK & Ireland Tony Wadsworth, draws from the quarter century Tony has spent on the frontline of the record business - including the most tumultuous decade in its history. It defies much of the accepted wisdom and reveals the latest thinking on the evolution and future of the record company through conversations with some of the sector's top executives.

Compliance: Burden Or Life Saver?

12 May 2011

The other evening I asked Dominique Czopor to come in and talk to us about compliance, health and safety, risk assessments, licenses and local authorities - The important stuff. The stuff that most small operators don't really bother with because their council never gets off their arse to come around and check up on them...

Latest MusicTank Report: Tony Wadsworth Puts Labels in the Spotlight

10 May 2011

"The music industry continues to evolve and record companies are at the heart of that change - nurturing the latest talent, forging new ways to reach fans and creating exciting music experiences. Tony's knowledge and insight means he is well-placed to explore these themes and articulate emerging trends too." John Reid, Warner Music Europe & International Marketing, Warner Music Group.

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."

James Drury: Police and PRS – Paying The Bill

07 Apr 2011

"These are probably two of the most hotly-disputed parts of a festival’s costs: Police and PRS. When PRS For Music announced in June last year that it was to review the tariff for live music events, it came at a time when the festival industry was facing financial pressure..."

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..."

Andy Inglis: Re-booting Live

28 Mar 2011

"...There's no going back. And there's no telling what's coming next. And that's exciting. And it leads to fascinating discussions where people expound on the future of live music." Andy Inglis explains all from Monday 4th April...

Going Viral

04 Mar 2011

Matt Smith’s lightening tour through the fundamentals - the processes and rules of engagement - of what makes a video go viral - a summary from his keynote MusicTank presentation, 03.03.11 - 'How To Spawn A Viral Hit'.

The Electric Proms - RIP?

04 Feb 2011

That such a rich, vibrant and culturally significant music brand is to be dropped from the TV schedules is truly disappointing...what other TV platform produces such treats as Elton John teaming up with Plan B, an exclusive Robbie Williams night with a special string and horn section, Dizzee Rascal performing with an orchestra for 1Xtra or Oasis on stage with the Crouch End Festival Chorus?

MT Community response: Number One with a Bullet?

04 Feb 2011

Regarding this newsletter editorial and 'front-loaded' releases...could the record companies not set up a system allowing reviewers, DJs, etc. to stream pre-release versions of any future-single or album? This would solve the issue of p2p sharing as no 'tangible' version would have been available prior to official release.

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