Help Musicians talks mental health and the music industry (interview)
Earlier this week, UK charity Help Musicians announced that it was launching the Music Minds Matter initiative to support musicians dealing with mental health issues. The organisation is putting in £100,000 – and setting...
July 26, 2017
Music retail spending up by 11.2% in the UK this year
Very few people in the music industry want to tempt fate by publicly hailing the return of boom times. However, there are indications that 2017 could turn out to be the most impressive year of growth yet in our industry’s...
July 26, 2017
Which? claims ‘first-class confusion’ over secondary ticketing
UK consumer-rights organisation Which? has published a new report into secondary ticketing, identifying “first-class confusion” around that market. Among its findings: 17% of tickets for a Lady Gaga concert at The...
July 21, 2017
7digital publishes financials, noting need for new business
B2B digital-music firm 7digital has published its group financial accounts for 2016, through Companies House in the UK. The results confirm earlier financial statements: revenues up 15% to £11.9m in 2016, with net losses...
July 18, 2017
MelodyVR signs Sony Music deal; 2017 launch still possible
British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has completed its set of major-label licensing deals, with Sony Music joining Warner Music and Universal Music on its partnerships slate. The deal brings MelodyVR a step closer...
July 17, 2017
TicketWeb supports grassroots-venues ticketing site
Ticketing service TicketWeb has teamed up with the UK’s Music Venue Trust to launch a new site called Grassroots Venues Tickets. It’ll provide listings and sell tickets for smaller music venues across the UK, with...
July 11, 2017
Collaboration with YouTube and SoundCloud key to tackling stream-ripping piracy
Earlier today, we covered a new report co-published by PRS for Music and the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) about 'stream-ripping' piracy – where music from streaming services is converted into downloads to keep. Following...
July 7, 2017
Stream-ripping music piracy growing ‘aggressively’
A pair of new studies commissioned by British collecting society PRS for Music and the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) claims that stream-ripping is now the "most aggressive" form of music piracy. The term refers...
July 7, 2017
Music rightsholders attack ‘complete tomfoolery’ of YouTube
"There is a massive contradiction in the messages they are giving out... It is complete tomfoolery." BASCA chairman Crispin Hunt was speaking at an event held in London last night by British collecting society PRS for...
June 30, 2017
Grime music consumption up 93% in the UK says BPI
Awards, chart-topping albums and continued critical acclaim have made the last year a big one for UK grime. Now British industry body the BPI has put out some figures to quantify the genre’s rise, in partnership with Disrupt...
June 19, 2017
Urban Development talks grime, education and industry diversity
The UK grime scene is far from an overnight success, having originally emerged early this century. It’s a similar story for Urban Development, the British company that’s nurturing some of its potential future stars. The...
June 14, 2017
British music optimism in 2017: talent, exports, hard work
British music will have a high profile at Midem 2017, thanks to the British Music at Midem stand; more than 150 British delegates and companies; and six British artists performing at the evening showcases. That presence...
June 6, 2017