Feargal Sharkey

  1. U.K. Gov't Announces Creative Industries Council To Support Music Biz

    March 23, 2011 4:39 PM EDT The U.K. government today (March 23) announced the launch of a Creative Industries Council (CIC) that is being hailed by the country's music industry. The plan was made public by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the ann ...

  2. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  3. Billboard.biz Q&A: Feargal Sharkey

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella trade group, U.K. Music, has his sights trained on the American music industry. U.K. Music's recently-published manifesto "Liberating Creativity" (Billboard.biz, March 29) is a seven-stag ...

  4. Briefs: Piracy, Live Nation, Millennium Music

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of UK Music , wrote an op-ed for the Guardian that addresses criticism of trade groups' estimates of damages from digital piracy. The short version: it wasn't our estimates, we get a lot of competition ...

  5. Parliamentary Committee: Live Music Policing 'Authoritarian'

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended the scrapping of a controversial policing system for live music events, and has urged the government to exempt small venues from the need to obtain a license for the performance of live m ...

  6. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  7. MidemNet Day 2: Biz Looks To Licensing ISPs

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Change is coming" was the message at day two of the MidemNet conference in Cannes, although there was still plenty of lively debate about how ISPs can work with the record labels. MidemNet is a conference focusing on music in the digita ...

  8. Sharkey Cautions U.K. Govt On Web Piracy Regulation

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella industry organization U.K. Music, warned the British government to tread carefully on any regulation to control illegal file-sharing. It follows a Jan. 16 ...

  9. Sharkey Warns MPs On Policing Of Concert Licensing

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feargal Sharkey, CEO of music industry umbrella group U.K. Music, has hit out at the Metropolitan Police's requirements for licensing of music events, during a Parliamentary hearing. Sharkey was giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport ...

  10. U.K. Music Launches As One Voice For Biz

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, a new umbrella organization for the British music industry, is officially open for business and will begin by addressing the thorny issue of illegal file-sharing. The industry body launched today (Oct. 27) and will aim to be one voice ...

  11. MusicTank Gets Sharkey

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Feargal Sharkey, CEO of recently formed U.K. lobbying group U.K. Music has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the first of four Think Tank sessions on digital issues at the MCPS-PRS Alliance's central London headquarters. The initial event ...

  12. UKMusic Launches To Represent British Biz

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new organization, UKMusic, has launched with the support of eight trade bodies from the U.K. music industry. UKMusic officially began work on Sept. 25 after British Music Rights (BMR) - which represented the views of composers and songwriters to ...

  13. Union Square Strikes Undertones License Deal

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Union Square Music has announced a licensing deal, for the world ex-North America, for the first four albums by seminal Irish new wave act the Undertones. The group from Derry, then fronted by Feargal Sharkey, now chief executive of tra ...

  14. Sharkey Circles ISPs To Collaborate With Music Biz

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Internet service providers have been urged to solve their differences with the music industry, instead of waiting for the full force of government legislation. Speaking at the annual industry awards for U.K. ISPs, Feargal Sharkey, c ...

  15. Sharkey To Helm British Music Rights

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feargal Sharkey has been appointed CEO of British Music Rights and Andy Heath has become chairman of the body, which represents 50,000 U.K. composers, songwriters and publishers. Sharkey, the former Undertones singer and solo artist, has recently ...

  16. Live Boost For Young British Musicians

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has unveiled an initiative to provide more rehearsal space to young musicians. Feargal Sharkey, former chair of the Live Music Forum, has been tasked with setting-up a network of affordable, fully-equipped practise studios acro ...

  17. Report: Licensing Laws Hinder U.K. Live Biz

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s new live-music licensing laws are too restrictive for small-scale events to thrive. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Live Music Forum (LMF), the independent initiative launched by the U.K. government's Departmen ...

  18. Report: Live Music Thriving At Brit Businesses

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britain's pubs, clubs, student unions and restaurants hosted about 1.7 million concerts in the past year and have the potential to host more, according to a new report on the United Kingdom's live mus Britain's pubs, clubs, student ...

  19. Report: Live Music Thriving At Brit Businesses

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britain's small venues hosted about 1.7 million concerts in the past year and have the potential to host more, according to a new report on the United Kingdom's live music business. Britain's small venues hosted about 1.7 million co ...