UK music industry declares a ‘climate and ecological emergency’
What can the three major labels; Beggars Group, Domino, Warp and other indie labels; SJM Concerts and Festival Republic; and artists including Radiohead, Wolf Alice and Suede agree on? Well: that “governments and media...
July 12, 2019
UK regulator pursues Viagogo for contempt of court
Secondary ticketing firm Viagogo has been under fire in the UK for some time from politicians, regulators and anti-touting campaigners alike. The latest development sees the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announcing...
July 5, 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
UK industry bodies launch survey on impact of PledgeMusic collapse
The slow-motion collapse of crowdfunding firm PledgeMusic has yielded a number of tales of artists owed money by the company, but now a group of UK music-industry bodies are trying to get a better picture of the effects....
June 5, 2019
Amazon and Netflix made £1.1bn from UK streaming customers last year
A new study from Ofcom claims that, between then, Netflix and Amazon made over £1bn from their combined streaming customers last year. Netflix has 10m UK subscribers and they are said to have generated £693m for the company;...
May 31, 2019
UK society PPL saw its collections grow by 13% in 2018
British collecting society PPL has announced its figures for 2018, revealing that its collections grew by 13% to £246.8m on behalf of performers and rightsholders. That included 5% growth (to £83.6m) for its ‘broadcasting...
May 16, 2019
UK survey reveals ‘hidden barriers’ for disabled musicians
A new report aims to shed more light on the “hidden barriers” encountered by artists with ‘access requirements’ – a term covering a range of impairments and health conditions. The report is the work of British music-charity...
May 9, 2019
Could music-streaming services be free for people with dementia?
A new website has launched in the UK called Music for Dementia 2020, and it’s part of a campaign to make music “available for everyone living with dementia by 2020”. This is based on research suggesting that music...
May 2, 2019
Australia passes tougher social media laws in wake of NZ terrorist attacks
In the wake of the white supremacist terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month in which 50 people were killed and 50 more were injured, the Australian government has passed strict new laws around the type...
April 8, 2019
UK and European indies call for greater certainty for the creative sector amid Brexit bedlam; plus UMG sale implications
For our UK readers, Brexit is, well, we all know what it is. For our readers outside of the UK, how do we accurately explain what Brexit is? Imagine the most chaotic thing you’ve ever seen in your life. Multiply that by...
April 8, 2019
Instagram is pinching Snapchat’s users in the UK
OK, it’s only one country, but the numbers from eMarketer are still interesting and tap into the issue of just how sustainable multi-platforming is in social media. The research company is saying this year will be the first...
April 5, 2019