Musicians' Union

  1. Morning Fix: Billboard.biz's Year in Music; L.A. Reid's 'X Factor' Legacy; 12-12-12 Album Sales

    December 14, 2012 9:25 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: It's been another exciting and tumultuous year in the music business. In our year-end package, we take a look b ...

  2. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  3. UK Musicians' Union, Artists, Labels Protest BBC Canceling Scottish 'Global Gathering' Show

    May 01, 2012 12:58 PM EDT The BBC has once again got the music industry up in arms following plans to axe the Scottish-themed Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering, a long-running music program on the regional broadcaster BBC Radio Scotland. Global Gathering, which has ...

  4. British Pubs To Rock Even Harder: Why the U.K. Live Music Act Matters

    April 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Victory Lap: Musician Bernard Butler, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, singer Martina Topley-Bird, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple and MU General Secretary John Smith at a reception to celebrate the passing of the UK's Live Music ...

  5. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  6. U.K. Musicians' Union Condemns Arts Cuts

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Musicians' Union (MU) has condemned the government's cuts to arts funding body the Arts Council as "devastating to music and culture." Arts Council England's government grant of £449 million ($706 million) will be cut ...

  7. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

  8. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  9. Music Boosts Sales At U.K. Pubs And Bars

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music has been credited by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music as a key factor in helping the British pubs and bars stay afloat during the current financial recession. According to research released by PRS For Music in association with pub data ...

  10. U.K. Govt Compromises On Small Venue Licensing

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has announced a compromise measure that will mean venues such as pubs and bars will no longer need licenses for live music, as stipulated by the 2003 Licensing Act. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe confirmed that the government ...

  11. Police Defend U.K. Live Assessment Form

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The possible threat to the U.K.'s live music business from stringent provisions within the 2003 Licensing Act was once again the focus of attention, during an emotionally charged debate in London. But the Metropolitan Police defended the cont ...

  12. Musicians' Union Conference Call On Tackling Piracy

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A panel of speakers at the U.K.'s Musicians' Union conference jointly called for the biz to find innovative solutions to turn people away from Internet piracy. In reaction to last month's Digital Britain report, the panel at the Jul ...

  13. Biz Awaits 'Digital Britain' Amid U.K. Govt Changes

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of the U.K. creative industries has called on the government to take action against illegal file-sharing in its Digital Britain report, due next week. The call comes amid changes in the departments involved in the report, which will se ...

  14. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  15. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  16. British Govt Minister Backs Term Extension

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. culture secretary Andy Burnham is recommending a 20-year increase in copyright term to 70 years. His comments at the U.K. Music Creators' Conference, held at London’s ICA, represent a new position for the British government on copyright. ...

  17. U.K. Musicians' Retirement Home To Close

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charity the Musicians' Benevolent Fund (MBF) has confirmed the closure of its artists' retirement home. As previously reported (Billboard.biz, July 29), the MBF was considering its commitments as part of a review of residential care ...

  18. Musicians' Retirement Home Under Threat

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A controversial decision by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund (MBF) to close an artists' retirement home in Britain has been met with damning opposition. Ivor House in Bromley, south London is the MBF's only retirement home for elderly ...

  19. MU Urges Action On Term Of Copyright

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Musicians' Union is reiterating its call for European Commissioners not to "short change" performers as they mull over Commissioner McCreevy's proposals to extend the term of performers' rights in Brussels t ...

  20. U.K. Row Erupts Over Peter Pan Play

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Musicians' Union is up in a flap over a West End theater production which will play its merry tune via backing tape. The MU is vowing to stand its ground over the Spanish show, "Peter Pan El Musical," which will open ...

  21. Industry Bodies Back Wishart Bill On C'right Term

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST British neighboring rights collecting society PPL, the Musicians Union and labels body the BPI have thrown their support behind Peter Wishart's ambition to change the current legislation on the U.K.'s term of copyright. Scottish National ...

  22. U.K. Biz Forms United Front On C'right Term

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just hours after the U.K. government poured cold water on hopes for an extension to the term of copyright on sound recordings, the U.K. music industry has vowed to push ahead with its campaign. In a show of solidarity, representatives from the BPI ...

  23. U.K. Gov't Backs Gowers Review

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a development which will stun British music industry lobbyists, the U.K. government has backed the Gowers Review on intellectual property. Britain's department for culture, media and sport today confirmed its stance when it issued its form ...

  24. PPL, PAMRA, AURA Merger Completed

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST PPL has completed its merger with PAMRA and AURA, creating a new body which it says represent the "most fundamental change" in the U.K. collecting society's seventy-three year history. London-based PPL (Phonographic Performance Limi ...

  25. Britain's Three Collecting Societies To Merge

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's record company and performers collecting societies have taken formal steps to form a single body to represent U.K. performers. In a statement issued today (March 6), PPL said it has moved to Britain's three collecting societies ...

  26. Britain's PPL Reports 2004 Gains

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British record company and performers collecting society Phonographic Performance Limited, which licenses and collects royalties for sound recording performances, has reported distributable income to LONDON -- British record company and performers ...

  27. Britain's PPL Reports 2004 Gains

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British record industry collecting society Phonographic Performance Limited has reported distributable income to its members of £71.5 million ($134.6 million) in 2004, up from £68.7 million British record industry collecting soci ...

  28. British Music Biz Wants More From U.S.

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of the music sector are urging U.S. authorities to "ensure that creators and performers are given a fair deal." LONDON -- Industry organizations representing the whole spectrum of th ...

  29. PPL, SoundExchange Forge Reciprocal Agreements

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The reciprocal agreement between Britain's Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) and its U.S. counterpart, SoundExchange Inc., is viewed as a significant step forward in international cooperation betwee LONDON -- The reciprocal agreement betwee ...

  30. Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a late-session bill June 22 that would allow artists and labels to sue peer-to-peer companies that profit from e Hatch's Induce Act Targets P2P Services C ...