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Phil Hardy – Editor, Music & Copyright – MusicTank

Phil Hardy – Editor, Music & Copyright

As a journalist Phil Hardy has written for Variety, Music Week, the Sunday Times, Time Out and various music and film trade magazines.

He was the founding editor of Music & Copyright (published by the Financial Times between 1992 and 1999) and is now published by the Informa Group. He remains editor of this publication, which is generally accepted as the most authoritative and objective source of information about the international music business.

As a music industry expert Phil Hardy has worked as a consultant to various public bodies in the UK on the economic importance of the culture industries. He was a consultant on the World Bank project Developing the a Music Industry in Africa (2001). He also wrote the Band Aid documentary Thinking about Africa , which was shown several times on BBC and will be part of the Band Aid package about to be released on DVD in late 2004. In so doing, he travelled to Ethiopia and Sudan. Published consultation reports in this area include Culture and Commerce: the Importance of Culture to the London Economy (1989, 1990).

As editor of Music & Copyright, Phil Hardy has chaired and taken part in various music industry panels. Recent examples include Prospects for the Indian Music Industry (at MIDEM, 1997) and, Co-operation: The Way forward For the Collection Societies? (MIDEM, 2000).

Phil Hardy is also the author of several music industry reports. These include The European Music Industry (1997) and (as co-author) The Latin and North American Music Business (1997), both of which were published by FT Media. He was also the author of The National Music Publishers Association of the US 1997 and 1998 surveys, International Music Publishing Revenues, 1997.

He is also editor and chief writer of the Overlook Film encyclopaedias.