A package of measures to support the music industry as it struggles to adapt to the new digital market was presented earlier this week to the U.K. government.

Senior industry representatives met with government officials at a music summit on Monday, called by the British Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Trade and Industry.

A broad list of proposals for a Green Paper on the Creative Economy, to be released this summer, was discussed during the session. The suggestions ranged from a fair contracting framework for creators, affordable rehearsal space, tax incentives to encourage A&R investment, reform of the copyright tribunal and an IP framework with teeth.

"No industry can insulate itself from the realities of digital technology and global trading," comments Emma Pike, chief executive of British Music Rights, the umbrella body which represents the interests of U.K. music writers and publishers.

"The challenge for industry is to find ways to grow the legitimate digital music market, giving consumers the choice they want, while continuing to be able to invest in the talent and creativity of the musicians who create the content in the first place," she added.

"The challenge for government is to build a robust infrastructure around the digital marketplace, so that businesses can continue to invest with confidence."

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