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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).

John King: The Live Sector May Be Better Off Rejecting Government’s Proposals To Overhaul Entertainment Licensing.

30 Nov 2011

In September, DCMS published their long awaited consultation entitled ‘Proposal to exempt regulated entertainment from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003’...

Keith Harris: The Charts - A Race to the Bottom...?

21 Nov 2011

I am intrigued by the rowing back from on-air, on-sale by record labels seeking a higher chart entry. In recent weeks I have taken to asking at various music seminars that I have attended, aimed at young people wanting to get into the industry, if anybody knows what is number one in the charts in that week. Very few attendees ever seem to know, or probably even more importantly…care.

Robin Osterley: Help us save one of the UK’s most important music libraries

14 Nov 2011

On 20 October, Yorkshire Libraries & Information (YLI) made the decision ‘in principle’ to close its Music and Drama Service in its current form. As well as holding extensive drama resources, this service hosts a collection of over 500,000 items of music, making it one of the largest performance collections in the UK.

#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."

#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.

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