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MusicTank events feature top-drawer speakers and attract a rich and dynamic cross-industry audience; open to all, they also afford excellent networking opportunities. These are pitched at mid-level and assume a level of knowledge concerning the music industry in general, if not the subject matter itself. Past events are archived in full.

The archive typically includes (1) a detailed 15-20 page transcript - free to members and event attendees (2) a 15-minute video edit; (3) more recently (from 2014), key points captured through rich graphical summaries.

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Creators’ Rights In The Digital Landscape

10th November 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This think tank considers the pressing issue of creators’ rights and remuneration in the digital landscape. It is informed by the presentation of a paper by Fiona McGugan, which considers the evolution of communication rights that overshadow conventional distribution and reproduction rights as music consumption increasingly shifts away from ownership, towards access models of streaming services. Understanding how these rights are applied, territorial variations in the application of rights, and how licensing structures are determined according to the levels of user-interactivity of digital services lie-at the heart of possibly the single biggest issue facing the music industry in recent times - how much artists get paid.


Private Copy Exemption: Rightsholders And Remuneration

25th June 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MusicTank takes forward the complex aspect of rightsholder remuneration, centering discussion on a bold and imaginative solution that balances the need for rightsholder compensation with a harmonious, equitable and transparent process that accurately and appropriately charges only those who choose to lawfully copy music for personal consumption.

Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans

5th December 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In a summit comprising two panels and a case study, MusicTank will bring together executives from across the ticketing business, consumer representatives and government to look at ways to re-balance the primary and secondary ticket markets - in favour of fans and not profiteers.

Live Music: Licensed To Thrill?

13th October 2009 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Prepare for a clash of opinions, with individual livelihoods and the future of the industry at stake. One of Risk Assessment Form 696's most strident critics, UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey is confirmed to keynote this debate and is sure to question one of its key architects, Met Police Chief Inspector Adrian Studd who will also be speaking. Kent Davis of the Rainbow Pub, Digbeth - a venue affected by a noise abatement order - will likely quiz LACORS Director of Policy, Mark Du Val on the implementation of the Act. Licensing Consultant Philip Doyle, Home Office and DCMS Select Committee Advisor on the Licensing Act 2003 and Noise Abatement Society MD, Lisa Lavia are among others confirmed.

Can The Music Industry Afford To Go Green?

30th March 2009 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Launching at MusicTank's think tank debate on sustainability, environmental coalition Julie's Bicycle will unveil a unique initiative providing grants to help music companies with carbon audits, training and tools for sustainable energy management. Many music organisations have made great strides in cleaning up their acts but, as we lumber through this recession, how many green initiatives will be sidelined by cost cutting measures? Many will argue that we can’t afford to go green, not just yet at any rate. This evening’s debate will sort fact from fiction and examine what sustainability measures are financially sustainable at this point in time.

MusicTank @ MidemNet on…Filesharing

18th January 2009 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

MusicTank contributes to the MidemNet Big Issue Debate with a presentation of its 'Let's Sell Recorded Music!' report - a summary of its recent high-level discussion series.

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 4: Squaring The Circle

2nd December 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The fourth and last of the series, this think tank will draw together conclusions from the series and scope possible areas for consultation, research and development. It will also consider the main issue to surface throughout this discussion strand: at the heart of the future of digital music sales, does the future lie in licensing proprietary, closed music services or open systems that somehow utilise P2P?

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 3: Coalition Of The Billing

18th November 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This session considers what might be the best way to license these new services and whether or not a collective approach is indeed desirable or plausible?

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part 2: We Have The Technology, What’s The Solution?

4th November 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The second in a four-part series, this panel will look at what is becoming technically feasible and what might be the best blue-sky model for the UK, while considering the needs and perspective of ISPs and mobile platforms.

Let’s Sell Recorded Music! Part1: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

21st October 2008 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Since Napster first reared its head in the late nineties, the recorded music business has tried in vain to put the genie back in the bottle. The result - some pr blunders and an estimated 20:1 illegal/legal download rate. This series of think tanks will focus on effective legitimate P2P alternatives and over the course of four events will review what people want, where technology is heading, what the most plausible new models are and how they might be licensed. Kicking off the series, we take a long hard look at what music consumers actually want and how this tallies with the status quo and raft of new services in various stages of development or launch

The F Word: Monetising Filesharing

5th July 2007 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Private Room, Bertorelli Bar & Restaurant,
11-13 Frith Street
London, United Kingdom

Monetising P2P: Where Do We Go From Here?

21st January 2007 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Palais Des Festivals,
Cannes, France

Beyond The Soundbytes Conference

15th November 2006 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Foreign Press Association

Should The Music Business Grow Up?

20th October 2004 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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