U.K. Music

  1. 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 ...

  2. U.K. Music Industry Calls Gov't Copyright Law Reform Plan 'Unrealistic,' 'Overstated'

    December 22, 2011 1:00 PM EST The U.K. music industry has lambasted the government for unrealistic expectations in its copyright reform proposals, published Dec. 14, to boost the national creative businesses in the digital age by relaxing certain provisions in the copyright la ...

  3. U.K. Study Says Private Sector Undervalues Creative Industries

    October 11, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Ed Vaizey, the U.K.'s government minister for culture, communications and creative industries, yesterday (Oct. 10) expressed his dismay at British investors' failure to appreciate the creative businesses' financial value. Speaking d ...

  4. U.K. Music Biz Reacts to Hargreaves Copyright Report

    May 20, 2011 11:09 AM EDT U.K. music execs and rights holders have welcomed the findings of Professor Ian Hargreaves' "Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth" - an independent report on copyright law. The review, which sought to ex ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. IFPI Welcomes Google Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST International and U.K. trade bodies have issued positive statements following the announcement by Google that it would introduce four changes to help deter piracy . The 'Making Copyright Work Better Online' measures include preventing te ...

  7. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  8. PRS Report Says U.K. Music Industry Up 5% In 2009

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has performed well during turbulent times. In fact, it was up 5% last year, according to a new report by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music. In "Adding Up the U.K. Music Industry for 2009," Will Page and Chris ...

  9. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  10. U.K. Labels Target 'Physical Fanatics,' Aim To Boost Digital

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The demise of the physical CD and vinyl formats in the digital age has been well and truly exaggerated, at least in the United Kingdom, said speakers at the Music Tank debate in London. Called 'Never Mind the Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes,&# ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. French Biz Launches Lobbying Group

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has launched the umbrella organization Tous Pour la Musique (All for Music), designed to lobby for the sector and to help educate the public on online legal offers. Similar in the concept to British organization U.K. Musi ...

  13. U.K. Biz, IFPI Welcome Digital Economy Act

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry and the IFPI have welcomed the passing of the Digital Economy Bill through parliament. The legislation including anti-piracy measures was rushed through the Commons - to the concern of some MPs, Internet Service Providers a ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. U.K. Biz Issues Blueprint For Global Success

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade group for the music industry, has published a blueprint that outlines a plan for the British industry to challenge for the position as the world's No. 1 music creator by 2020. The document, "Liberating Crea ...

  16. Music Producers Guild To Honor Chris Blackwell

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will receive the outstanding contribution to U.K. Music honor at the Music Producers Guild Awards next month. It follows the completion of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Island Records, launched in 195 ...

  17. Indie Execs, Publishing Vet Launch Beggars Music

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. music publishing veteran Andy Heath has joined with XL Recordings founder Richard Russell and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills to launch a new publishing company. Heath, currently chairman of umbrella trade organization U.K. Music, has for ...

  18. HMV, Mama Group Launch 'Next Big Thing' Fest

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV and its live music partner Mama Group are to launch an annual festival, Next Big Thing, to showcase breakthrough artists from the U.K., Ireland and international territories. The inaugural Next Big Thing will run Fe ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. U.K. Biz Welcomes Publication Of Anti-Piracy Measures

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has welcomed the publication of the Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing. For now, the focus is on warning letters to deter file-sharing. But the Bill also includes three-strikes prov ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. ISPs Hit Out As U.K. P2P Consultation Ends

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry umbrella trade group U.K. Music has given its backing to suspension of Internet accounts of file-sharers "as a last resort," while Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have shown their strong resistance to any technical s ...

  24. U.K. Digital Service Datz Shuttered

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U.K. artists and trade bodies argue over how to tackle illegal downloading, one potential commercial solution has closed after failing to meet demands for staged advances to major labels. The Datz Music Lounge, an all-you-can-eat unlimited M ...

  25. U.K. Govt Beefs Up P2P Proposals

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has beefed up its consultation document on tackling unlawful file-sharing to include measures that would allow for the suspension of Internet access for persistent offenders. In June the Digital Britain report proposed that reg ...

  26. Survey: P2P Popularity Dips Slightly In U.K.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An annual survey of young people by umbrella trade group U.K. Music shows that P2P activity has dipped slightly, with 61% of those surveyed admitting to downloading music in this way. The result was down on the 63% who admitted to illicit P2P acti ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. U.K. Govt Rejects MPs' Verdict On Small Venues

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella trade organization for the British music industry, has reacted with dismay after the government refused to act on recommendations for the live sector by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In their review of the 2003 L ...

  29. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite a pledge in the Digital Britain report to ultimately oblige Internet Service Providers to employ technical measures against copyright infringers if there is no "significant" reduction in illegal file-sharing, the music industry s ...

  30. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  31. Police Reviews Live Music Risk System

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London's Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is conducting a review into the contentious Form 696, a risk assessment procedure that requires details of the type of music and the names, aliases, phone numbers and addresses of performers 14 da ...

  32. Met Police Defend Form 696

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from London's Metropolitan Police have attributed a drop in the number of London's club-related shootings to the controversial Form 696, a risk assessment scheme that requires details of live music events to be handed ove ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Steve Levine Helms Music Producers Guild

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately. He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and ...

  35. U.K. Music Slams 'Cynical' Google

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella organization for the British music industry, has criticized Google's decision to block access to premium music videos on YouTube for users in the U.K. As previously reported, Google began blocking videos March 9 after ...

  36. EU Committee Approves Copyright Extension

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament's legal affairs committee has approved an extension of copyright term for music recordings from 50 years to 95 years. Despite fears in the biz that the vote would be lost, the committee has today (Feb. 12) backed the E ...

  37. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain Report

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has reacted to the proposals contained in the interim Digital Britain report, with labels trade body the BPI describing the measures as a "step forward" but not enough to tackle online piracy. The report, publishe ...

  38. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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. ...

  42. Sharkey Demands Answers On Met Police Form 696

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fergal Sharkey, CEO of music industry representative body U.K. Music, has written to the Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair to express concerns about the personal details being demanded as part of a risk assessment procedure for live e ...

  43. U.K. Music Backs Govt Proposal On ISPs

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music, the recently formed umbrella organization encompassing the major British music-industry groups, has declared its support for a co-regulatory system between ISPS, the music industry and a government-appointed body to ensure ISPs tackle ...

  44. U.K. Music Backs Lessons On Biz, Copyright

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Industry body U.K. Music has launched a free online resource to support the implementation of the new music curriculum at secondary schools throughout the U.K. Sound Rights is a free-to-access Web site that allows teachers of Key Stage 3 (KS3) stu ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Games Set To Surpass Music, Video At Retail

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reports from U.K.-based retail analyst Verdict Research has named the games sector as the most lucrative entertainment sector. Verdict predicts that by the year's end, total video games spending will equate to £4.64 billion ($7.42 billion), a ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. U.K. Artists Form Coalition To Protect Rights

    October 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dozens of U.K. artists including Radiohead, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs and Kate Nash have signed up to a new representative body, the Featured Artists' Coalition. The London-based organization was officially launched at Manchester's In The ...

  50. Britain's AIM Unlocks China Stream Pact

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Association of Independent Music is powering on in China. After establishing a presence there last year, the trade body today (April 10) unveiled a groundbreaking agreement to stream music The U.K.'s Association of Independent ...