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What can the recordings industry do to revive the album's flagging condition? Confirmed speakers include From Sony, Warp, Pure Groove And MusicDNA.
With our newsletter editorial on the Digital Economy Bill stimulating further comment and debate we thought we should share some of the responses with our readers, in advance of the bill’s second Commons reading on April 6...
As our disgraced parliament crawls to its ignominious end, the news that the controversial Digital Economy Bill is to be pushed through without debate comes as a final insult to an injured electorate. The decision to force the bill through in what is known as 'the wash-up' means that no further amendments can be made before it enters the statute books. All this despite assurances to the contrary from Harriet Harman…
The UK release process is one of the most front-loaded in the world, with pre-release promotion starting up to three months ahead of release. The problem is that, with everything riding on building pre-awareness, we’ve produced a system that creates demand for a product that is by definition not legally available – which doesn’t work when it takes just one promo CD to be uploaded to a p2p network for a release to spread around the world.
The heavily front-loaded nature of nearly all major release campaigns ensures that not only are promo copies floating around for weeks or months before the official release date but we’re also generating hype and demand for a product that is legally unavailable. Fine if the public has no option but to wait for the release and grit their teeth as journalists Tweet smugly about its magnificence – but as we all know that’s almost certainly not the case anymore.
Tickets for the Music Producers Guild Awards are now selling fast and anyone wanting to attend is advised to book quickly as only balcony tickets remain. Music 4.5 will bring together music tech start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, investors, artists, band managers and key industry players to share knowledge, discuss strategies for business success, debate market trends and evolution, as well as network.
Veteran Radio producer, Peter Schultze - responsible for over 1600 music radio programmes and concerts on German public sector radio - will be joining BBC Radio 3 Controller and Proms Director, Roger Wright and Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes Radio 2 and 6 Music for tomorrow's think tank debate.
As we finally manage to emerge from the recent deluge of 'Album of the Year' polls, you could be forgiven for believing that the format is in vaguely rude health. The truth though is that the albums market, in long decline anyway, is starting to look terminal...
It's been another busy month in the digital music world as a whole parade of deals, acquisitions and mergers has seen the big tech and music players once again reshuffle the cards in the hope of finding a winning hand.
The past decade has seen the music industry changed irrevocably, but whilst much of our focus has naturally rested on the recordings business, every aspect of the industry has, in one form or another had to face up to a radically changed landscape.
With concern mounting at the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 on small-to-medium sized venues, supporter of small capacity exemption and one of Risk Assessment Form 696's most strident critics, UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey is confirmed to keynote this debate, to be followed by one of the forms key architects, Met Police Chief Inspector Adrian Studd who will also keynote. Joining the panel in defence of form 696 will be Reg Walker, Operations Director of Iridium Consultancy specialising in intelligence in respect of organised crime targeting the music industry and festivals.
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.
This session will investigate the impact that the Licensing Act and noise abatement orders are having on small venues and music performers - we shall also hear from those who support the measures that are in place. Prepare for a clash of opinions, with individual livelihoods and the future of the industry at stake.
This think tank double-header will examine the effects the Licensing Act 2003 has had on the grassroots live music industry, with Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector Adrian Studd, the officer behind the development and review of Form 696 confirmed to take part, and Chairman of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee John Whittingdale confirmed keynote.
Music business issues rarely enter such a public discourse as the file sharing of the past decade. Last week, Peter Mandelson’s Department for Business Innovation & Skills took a stand, announcing the Government will now consider temporary suspensions of broadband connections as a sanction of last resort. The move is seen as necessary by many within the business, including the BPI and umbrella body UK Music, who believe this option will help meet the Government’s objective of reducing file sharing by 70-80% within 2 – 3 years.
After the government this week rejected recommendations made by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee to exempt small scale venues from needing to obtain a licence for live music, this month’s MusicTank feature editorial is focused on another challenge small live music venues are facing across the UK. That of noise abatement orders…
Until relatively recently, perceived wisdom had it that in the online world the c-word - content - was king. With social online communities gaining momentum, the spoltlight is now firmly on communities with the consumer very much centre-stage. According to a recent Forrester Report 1, "the consumer will increasingly take control whether or brands or marketers participate." It goes on to speculate that within the next 2 years, social networks will be more important than corporate websites with community advocacy a key part of the online experience. Don't miss out...are YOU ready for change?
Final confirmation for a stellar panel line-up from far-sighted social media professionals, digital culturalists and business consultants
Our final event before the summer recess will explain the uses of social media to music rights holders, focusing how they can use the ever developing technology to best promote their artists and develop careers. It will then update progress of Millennials artist James Yuill and end with a 90-minute debate looking at social media's future, with entrepreneurs, far-sighted digital culture specialists and commentators.
So the Digital Britain report arrived in inboxes this week laying out the Government’s strategy for broadband and digital content in the UK. Following the collective shrug that greeted the interim report published earlier this year it was to be hoped that the Government would finally deliver a clear lead in the final version.
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