BPI to hold event exploring intersection of music and esports
The crossover between music and esports is something Music Ally has been interested in for some time now. British music-industry body the BPI is too: it’s holding an event to explore the topic on 24 October in London. Hosted...
October 3, 2019
20 British acts split £250k in latest MEGS funding scheme
The government-funded Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS for short, which the child inside us wants to sit alongside other initiatives with the acronyms MOGS and OWLS) has had a positive impact for hundreds of British artists...
August 23, 2019
BPI Insight Session. What’s next for music and podcasts?
It’s notable how little research is publicly available on the size of the podcast audience globally. Ovum is the one research firm to have published estimates. Having previously claimed that there were 484 million [monthly]...
August 1, 2019
The challenge for music and podcasts: “Rights are a disaster’
There are big opportunities for the music industry in podcasts, but one of the big barriers is licensing: the cost and complexity for podcasters of securing the rights to actually play music in their shows. This was one...
June 14, 2019
British music industry to launch new trade-mission to India
British music-industry bodies the BPI, AIM and MPA – along with the UK’s Department for International Trade (DTI) – are launching their latest trade mission to India. It’ll take place from 26-30 August, coinciding...
June 11, 2019
European copyright directive responses are, well, as expected
We fired out a quick alert yesterday with the news that the European Copyright Directive had been approved by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by 348 votes to 274. Since then, reactions have been flooding in from...
March 27, 2019
BPI and ERA figures reveal music’s growth in the UK in 2018
British industry bodies the BPI and ERA have published figures showing how the UK's recorded-music market grew in 2018. One of the headlines: an 8.9% growth last year in recorded-music sales to £1.33bn (around $1.68bn)....
January 3, 2019
Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’
Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
October 11, 2018
BPI says British music exports reached $408.4m in 2017
If ever there was a warning bell ringing, it’s this: Europe is ‘driving growth’ for exports of British music, as the UK moves ever closer to its increasingly-chaotic ‘Brexit’ from the European Union next year. The...
September 6, 2018
BPI sees stream-ripping sites as threat to legal streaming
British industry body the BPI has been talking to news site The Independent about its battle against ‘stream-ripping’ websites, which enable people to download music from services like YouTube, against its terms and conditions.
September 3, 2018
ERA, BPI and BBC team up for UK’s National Album Day in October
‘Is the album dead?’ has been a tiresome hot-take that keeps getting reheated by thinkpiece-writers since the heyday of Apple’s iTunes Store. The current streaming dynamics are only making it pop up more often. British...
July 25, 2018
UK trade mission will take independent music firms to India
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is teaming up with British industry body the BPI for a new trade mission to India, focusing on independent music companies who want to do more business there. The mission...
July 12, 2018