BPI Tweaks Fees To Encourage Indies

Trade body sees indie participation as a priority.

The British Phonographic Industry is revamping its subscription system in a move that it hopes will encourage greater membership take-up from the indies community.

Under the new arrangement -- which is expected to reduce administration costs-- independent labels will pay a £50 registration fee plus 5% of its Phonographic Performance Ltd-collected public performance revenues. BPI members currently pay a subscription fee based on a percentage of revenue.

BPI chairman Peter Jamieson says support from the independent sector is a central plank to the organization's agenda for the year ahead.

"We will improve and strengthen every facet of our membership services to ensure a better deal for our members," says Jamieson. "The more representative the BPI can become the more effective and united will be its voice within the wider music industry."