FRIDAY 10 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: All three major record companies are suing a Swedish man who faces criminal charges for allegedly hacking the email accounts of music industry executives to access unreleased recordings, which he then sold to DJs and websites who leaked them ahead of official release. Artists whose work the 25 year old man is accused of lifting from record label email systems include... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Richie Hawtin's Ibiza club Enter. (complete with its full stop) will be coming to London for an all-day event at the Tobacco Dock on Saturday. Tickets for that are all sold out, but you can get in on this afterparty that kicks off at 10pm in Studio Spaces E1. It'll be headlined by Hawtin himself, ruling the roost along with the rather excellent Adam Beyer, who goes back-to-back... [READ MORE]
   
BEEF OF THE WEEK: There are three main reasons that photographers appear in the news. First is that they've been punched by a celebrity. Second is that they are suing a celebrity for punching them. Third is that a celebrity is suing them for taking some sneaky pictures without permission. This story relates to none of the above. No one got punched, no one got sued, and no one was unhappy that some... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Majors sue accused music leaker
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LEGAL Final draft of Aussie three-strikes submitted
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS GEMA releases 2014 stats, hits out at digital split
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Former Big Machine money man launches services agency
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES 8tracks announces some direct deals with labels
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THE GREAT ESCAPE How ticketing services are becoming marketing platforms
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EDUCATION & EVENTS ILMC announces new festival-focussed conference
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ARTIST NEWS Dave Grohl discusses Record Store Day release of early Foo Fighters demos
John Singleton quits Tupac biopic, plans rival film
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AWARDS Music Week awards dished out
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #249: Pat Pope v Garbage
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LIVE NATION - SOCIAL & CONTENT MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a Social and Content Manager who is passionate about music, social media and digital content. You will be responsible for working with the Head of Digital Marketing to develop and implement our social and content strategy to grow reach, engagement and first party data.

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SJM CONCERTS - MARKETING ASSISTANT (MANCHESTER)
The purpose of this role is to assist and support our marketing team to maximise exposure of events promoted by SJM Concerts. To assist with the implementation of our marketing campaigns to generate sales for new tours and events via various platforms including press, radio, TV, digital and print.

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LIVE NATION - HEAD OF SALES & MARKETING, VIP NATION (LONDON)
Reporting to the SVP of VIP Nation, this role is responsible for the day-to-day management of VIP Nation’s touring rights, associated key relationships and its sales and marketing function.

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AIRMTM - JUNIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
We’re looking for a keen, bright, music-obsessed individual, who has worked in the industry for at least a year, to join our small PR team in Shepherd’s Bush.

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MN2S - DIGITAL PR ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Leading independent booking agency MN2S is looking for a Digital PR Assistant. You will be responsible for leveraging existing media contacts to gain coverage around MN2S & the artists we represent and building a solid network of media contacts to gain coverage of the company and our artists.

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LISTEN UP - PRESS INTERN (LONDON)
We are currently seeking an energetic, enthusiastic Press Intern to provide support to our expanding Press Department. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, have a good knowledge of various electronic music genres, good writing skills and a passion for press. This is a full-time paid internship for six months.

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16EIGHT - ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
16eight is a creative design and marketing studio located in East London. We are looking for a full time Account Manager to join the team from May 2015. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working as part of a new and dynamic yet small team, managing multiple projects covering the arts and music, travel and tourism, NGO, charity, fashion and events sectors.

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AWAL/KOBALT LABEL SERVICES - SENIOR CLIENT & LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for an experienced Client/Label Manager to be based at the Kobalt office in London. The Client/Label Manager is the main point of contact for our clients into the company, and will be responsible for the co-ordination of releases, client support and product development.

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POLLSTAR UK - SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
The current opening for an Sales Account Executive offers a dynamic career opportunity in the live music industry. Applicants should have a minimum of five years sales experience, preferably including sales management experience, sales training experience, strong references and solid computer skills.

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[PIAS] ARTIST & LABEL SERVICES - LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] Artist & Label Services has one of the most experienced label management teams in the business. We are looking to add to the team and bring in a new label manager to work alongside us in supporting the broad range of labels with whom we work.

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DOMINO - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino is seeking a confident individual to oversee its digital account and sales initiatives, based in the London office. The position will manage key partnerships and initiatives across digital music and video service providers (such as iTunes, Spotify, VEVO and Amazon MP3) with a particular focus on the UK and European markets.

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SOLD OUT - DIGITAL DESIGNER (LONDON)
Sold Out is an independent full service advertising agency, specialising in arts and entertainment for 20 years. We love what we do, driven by a passion for creating innovative and inspiring campaigns that create a buzz and deliver results. You will be working as part of the creative studio, working closely with the design team to roll out campaigns to tight deadlines.

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HART MEDIA - PLUGGER (LONDON)
Hart Media is one of the UK's leading Radio PR agencies. Our clients have included Passenger, The Prodigy, Public Service Broadcasting, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Motorhead, Deaf Havana, Broncho, Lucy Spraggan, Madness, Darlia, Ward Thomas, Alison Moyet to name a few. We're looking for a passionate and enthusiastic music lover with at least one year's previous experience in radio promotions or similar role.

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ISOLATION NETWORK INC - ASSOCIATE, CLIENT OPERATIONS (LONDON)
Isolation Network, Inc. ("IN") is the parent company of INgrooves Music Group and INscribe Digital. IN's technology powers media distribution for INgrooves Music Group, INscribe Digital, as well as a number of corporate enterprise media clients. Operations Associate will be client facing, responsible for content ingestion, catalogue change requests and other operational activities.

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YES PLEASE - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Yes Please is a dynamic music publicity agency based in Brick Lane. We are looking for a press and online officer to join the team. We are currently working with some of the industry’s best labels in the indie and major world and some fantastic artists including; Karen O, elbow, Conor Oberst, Speedy Ortiz, Fat White Family and The Districts amongst many others.

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PREMIER AVIATION UK - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT (CRAWLEY)
Premier Aviation UK Ltd, a member of the Hunt & Palmer group, are specialist brokers to the music and entertainment industries and have worked with many of the world's top acts since 1996. With so many exciting new opportunities on the horizon for 2015, we are looking to appoint a dedicated Business Development Manager to help us grow our business and enhance Premier Aviation's position as Europe's foremost provider of aircraft charter to the music and entertainment industry.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ministry Of Sound Recordings is seeking an experienced Marketing Assistant. The Marketing Assistant will be a key support role to the Marketing team with day-to-day departmental administration and co-ordination of promotional and marketing activities. The position is with a view to developing the Marketing Assistant into a Junior Product Manager over time.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Marketing & Promotions team to assist with the opening of their new venue. The role will involve an extensive working week which will require exceptional time management.

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YOUR ARMY - SENIOR PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Senior Press Officer to join its busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns. Knowledge of dance music is preferable and a good understanding of social media a bonus.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - UK SALES MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for a sales manager to join its label management team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music industry and key labels, as well as the experience and knowledge to sign content is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition strategy in the UK and internationally.

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DOMINO - DIGITAL CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co. is looking for an enthusiastic, tech-conscious individual to join the digital department of the label. This full-time position will be based in the London office and will assist the day-to-day work of the department, supporting the content, marketing, sales and operations functions.

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THE ROUNDHOUSE - HEAD OF MUSIC (LONDON)
The main purpose of this role is to create and lead the Roundhouse's internationally renowned music programme. The Head of Music leads on nurturing and maintaining our relationships with promoters and leading players in the music industry and developing the Roundhouse's own music programme, including opportunities for 11-25 year olds. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the successful candidate joins a strong and proactive team that ensures the organisation and all its activities flourish.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
 
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Majors sue accused music leaker
All three major record companies are suing a Swedish man who faces criminal charges for allegedly hacking the email accounts of music industry executives to access unreleased recordings, which he then sold to DJs and websites who leaked them ahead of official release. Artists whose work the 25 year old man is accused of lifting from record label email systems include Nicki Minaj and Mary J Blige.

According to Torrentfreak, the man is being prosecuted after an FBI investigation into a string of high profile album leaks discovered hacked email accounts were the likely source of the leaked material. Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad explains: "In the United States an investigation was launched into the stolen songs. The tracks led to Sweden through bank accounts and IP addresses. Therefore, we were contacted".

The accused, who denies the charges against him, could face fines and up to two years in prison if found guilty of the hacking and leaking allegations. Plus, he also faces civil litigation from Sony, Universal and Warner, who will likely claim that the leaks cost them much more than the $12,000 the accused is thought to have made from selling the unreleased tracks.

Of course, while the music industry at large generally hates all piracy, the illegal distribution of new records pre-release - or even worse unfinished recordings - is the biggest of the bugbears, with labels arguing that it screws with their marketing campaigns as well as resulting in lost sales. Some labels feel the need to rush-release records once they have been leaked, which further messes up all sorts of scheduling done by the label, artist and other business partners in the music industry.

That said, while few actively welcome the leaks, there is a difference of opinion in the music community as to how you should react to them when they happen. And in the next edition of the CMU Trends Report you'll be able to read how Sufjan Steven's label chose to embrace the leak of his most recent album. To get the report become a CMU premium subscriber for a mere £5 a month, sign up here.

Final draft of Aussie three-strikes submitted
Australia's telecoms sector has submitted a final draft of its plans for a three-strikes system to combat online piracy, which will see the net firms sending warning letters to suspected file-sharers.

As previously reported, Aussie ISPs heavily resisted calls on them to take a more proactive approach to combating piracy, but the country's government forced them into action late last year. Australia's Communications Alliance published initial proposals for a so called 'graduated-response' system in February, but a final draft was submitted to the Australian Communications And Media Authority this week after taking the input from over 370 interesting parties.

As with three-strikes elsewhere, a series of letters will be sent to web-users who rights owners suspect of accessing unlicensed content, the first very much educational, but with subsequent correspondence getting more severe.

That said, the system itself won't have a draconian third strike, rather the personal details of those who ignore all their letters will be handed over to the rights owners, who will then be able to sue for copyright infringement. It remains to be seen if it gets that far, three-strike systems often run aground around strike three, though some in the content industries argue that the strike one educational letters are the main priority anyway.

Web-users who get to stage three will have the right to appeal, that is to say to deny the claims of naughty file-sharing being made against them. And one of the main changes between the first and final draft of the three-strikes proposal is that there won't be a charge for those who choose to appeal, with the rights owners covering the costs of this process. Though that might be reviewed if the appeals system is seen to be abused.

The current set up also puts a cap on the total number of warning letters that can be sent each year, with 200,000 the current limit. Though that's really a financial arrangement, and rights owners could push for more letters to be sent if they can agree financial terms with the ISPs.

The ACMA will now consider the final draft proposals, which need the approval of the government body before going live.

GEMA releases 2014 stats, hits out at digital split
The German music publishing sector's collecting society GEMA has put out some figures for the monies it processed in 2014, which topped 893.6 million euros, up 4.8% on 2013. This included 340.6 million euros from public performance, 287.3 million from broadcast, 109 million from mechanicals and 44.8 million from streaming services and such like.

But with the publishing sector getting increasingly vocal about the split of digital revenues between respective stakeholders, and GEMA already famous for it's tetchiness on all things digital, what we really want here is an angry quote. So hurrah for Rolf Budde, boss of the German publishing sector's trade body DMV and a member of the GEMA advisory board.

Discussing the fact that the labels take a much bigger cut of streaming income than the publishers, Budde told Billboard: "Publishers are decidedly uncomfortable with the fact that the holders of master rights are receiving more than fifteen times the amount that authors and music publishers are given".

Labels, while definitely taking the lion's share of streaming income, would likely disagree with Budde's maths there. But whatever the specifics, many in the publishing sector and songwriting community would agree with his claim that "the massive imbalance between the payouts which Spotify and its peers issue to labels on the one hand, and to authors and publishers on the other, is horrific".

He concluded: "Considering that, following a slump in CD sales, the download market, which has so far been relatively stable, is now also sagging, it is even more important for this disparity to be addressed. To this end, we will be taking the necessary action".

Former Big Machine money man launches services agency
The former finance chief of US independent record company Big Machine (which you might always prefix with "Taylor Swift's label", but the machine is bigger than that, and anyway, this story isn't even about Big Machine, making these parenthesis way longer than was necessary or desirable) has set up a new management and services company.

Amongst the services 7th Wave Entertainment will be offering artists, producers, songwriters, publishers and labels will be royalty processing, audit support, business management and other consultancy on music matters and big machines. Possibly. But this is nothing to do with Big Machine. Brad Kash is ex-Big Machine remember.

And he's previously worked in a variety of other roles across the music industry, as he's going to say right now while announcing his new company. "I've been fortunate to have gained hands on executive level experience actually working on the inside of record labels and publishing companies", he says. "As well as within the areas of artist management, agency representation and tour support management".

He went on: "That background, coupled with over 25 years of accounting and finance management knowledge, provides an insight of the full music industry cycle that I believe is unique to the leadership of most business management first. Additionally, our goal at 7th Wave is to remain boutique and highly focused on our clients' needs, building the business on quality rather than quantity with client profitability and longevity being key".

A small but well formed machine then. I told you this story wasn't about big machines. I win.

8tracks announces some direct deals with labels
8tracks, the US-based personalised radio service that isn't Pandora, has followed the lead of its bigger rival by doing some direct deals with a number of labels and distributors, even though it can operate its service under a SoundExchange licence, so doesn't actually need any direct arrangements with record companies.

Pandora did a direct deal with indie label repping Merlin, which included marketing kickbacks, and 8tracks alliances with INgrooves, CD Baby, Dim Mak and DashGo include similar elements. It's though that these deals see the labels offer slightly more favourable rates than available through SoundExchange on the basis that the marketing benefits will increase overall listening and therefore overall income.

8tracks CEO Dave Porter told Billboard that talks are underway with other labels about direct deals, especially with indies but also including some majors.

How ticketing services are becoming marketing platforms
Ahead of this year's Great Escape, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke is chatting to some of the people set to share insights and expertise within the CMU Insights conference that sits at the heart of the TGE Convention.

And today he's talking to Jen Long, Music Editor at Dice, who will be discussing the innovative new ticketing app - how it differs and how it works - in a session looking at how ticketing services are becoming marketing platforms as well as sales channels. There are a number of interesting things about Dice, though perhaps most notable is that it is a curated ticketing service, with Long and Head Of Music Russ Tannen selecting shows for inclusion.

On the curation element, Long says: "I think everyone has been in a position where you've wanted to go to a show, or find something to do with a friend one night, searched online, and just been overwhelmed. Especially in a city like London where there is so much choice. And that awful moment where you realise you've missed seeing a band you love, just because you didn't realise they were in town. We wanted to offer a place where music fans can go to discover not just what is on, but what is on and unmissable".

The curation element makes Dice a prime example of a ticketing service that is also a marketing platform. Long agrees: "Discovery is really important to us at Dice. We want to help fans find out about more gigs, buy more tickets, go to more shows, and fall in love with more incredible artists. Everything we do is focused on publicising the shows we ticket because if they're on Dice, they deserve to be attended".

Read the full interview with Long here. And check out all the information on Music Marketing Is Broken: Let's Fix It, the strand in which this discussion will appear, here. And buy yourself a TGE delegates pass here.

ILMC announces new festival-focussed conference
Organisers of annual live music conference ILMC have announced a new event, called The International Festival Forum, which will take place in London later this year. The invite-only event will feature showcases and Q&As with key figures from the festival industry.

"The philosophy behind IFF is two fold", explains ILMC's Greg Parmley. "First, to build a unique forum where leaders and innovators in the festival world can meet and exchange ideas; and second, to provide a platform for festivals and agencies with targeted networking, Q&As and by showcasing the best festival-ready, agency-signed artists".

The event will take place on 30 Sep and 1 Oct at Proud and Dingwalls in Camden. More information at www.iff.rocks.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: Next Step - Enter.Afterparty at Studio Spaces E1
Richie Hawtin's Ibiza club Enter. (complete with its full stop) will be coming to London for an all-day event at the Tobacco Dock on Saturday. Tickets for that are all sold out, but you can get in on this afterparty that kicks off at 10pm in Studio Spaces E1.

It'll be headlined by Hawtin himself, ruling the roost along with the rather excellent Adam Beyer, who goes back-to-back with Ida Engberg, plus there'll be sets from Paco Osuna, Mind Against, Fabio Florido, Subb-An and Bella Sarris.

Saturday 11 Apr, Studio Spaces E1, 110 Pennington Street, London, E1W 2BB, 10pm-6am, £25. More info here.
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Dave Grohl discusses Record Store Day release of early Foo Fighters demos
When you're the official ambassador for Record Store Day, you can't just sit around doing nothing. True, that does seem to be a large part of the job, but at the very least you've got to knock together some sort of exclusive release for the day. Otherwise, what's the point?

And so, this year's ambassador, Mr David Grohl of those Foo Fighters, is releasing a ten-inch featuring four demos he recorded while Nirvana was still a going concern. Titled 'Songs From The Laundry Room', it features early versions of 'Alone + Easy Target' and 'Big Me', a cover of Kim Wilde's 'Kids In America', and a previously unheard song, 'Empty Handed'.

At the time they were made, Grohl tells Rolling Stone, the recordings were more an experiment than something intended for people to hear.

"I'd never been the singer of a band and I'd never been the principal songwriter of a band", he says. "So to me it was just this private experiment, not something that I wanted lots of people to hear, because I didn't necessarily like my voice. When you're in a band with the greatest songwriter of your generation, you don't want to be the guy saying, 'Look at my songs too'. So I would record them and put them away. But it was fun to do. I've recorded stuff and just erased it. Sometimes it's just fun to flex that muscle and record. It feels good."

He continues: "It was just something to do in between tours when I was playing with Nirvana. By the time Nirvana was over, I had, I don't know, 20, 30, 40 of these recordings that no one had ever heard ... I think the songs that we picked for the Record Store Day album were maybe picked out of fifteen or 20 others that no one's ever heard".

Record Store Day is on 18 Apr. But look, 'Songs From The Laundry Room' is available to pre-order on eBay already. So that's nice.

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John Singleton quits Tupac biopic, plans rival film
Director John Singleton has said that, following his departure from a planned biopic about the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, he now plans to focus instead on making a biopic about the life of rapper Tupac Shakur. You wait years for one and then...

Writing on Instagram, under a screengrab of an article from The Wrap announcing Carl Franklin as his replacement on the original Shakur film project, Singleton said that "the reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur".

He continued: "To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac - it doesn't matter what they do, mine will be better. Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist, he was a black man guided by his passions. Of most importance was his love of black people and culture, something the people involved in this movie know nothing about".

And he went on: "How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love for Pac, so this movie will not be made with love! And that's why my ass isn't involved! If Tupac knew what was going on he'd ride on all these fools and take it to the streets. But I won't do that, I'll just make my own project".

Singleton worked with Shakur while he was still alive on 1993 film 'Poetic Justice', which also starred Janet Jackson. He remained close to the rapper's family after his death in 1996. He signed on to direct film company Morgan Creek's documentary last year, but claimed earlier this month that it was "on hold".

Music Week awards dished out
"Has it really come with this?" mused MC Bill Bailey. But don't worry, he was only dissing the wall full of brand partnerships up for a prize, and that gong went to Google. And we all hate Google anyway, right? Though the mega tech firm did basically pay for dinner as headline sponsors of this year's Music Week Awards. And that was good beef. Apt I suppose, given the industry's ongoing beef with the web giant. Anyway, we must stress that Bill loved all you other winners. As do we. One and all. And at least it wasn't fish for dinner.

Live Music Promoter: Live Nation
Booking Agent: Summer Marshall

A&R Award: Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington, Capitol Records
Manager Of The Year: Jack Street, Sam Evitt and Elvin Smith, Method Management and Mansion Artists
Promotions Team: Atlantic
Sales Team: Sony Music

Artist Marketing Campaign: Atlantic for Ed Sheeran
Catalogue Marketing Campaign: Ignition and Big Brother for Oasis, Chasing The Sun
PR Campaign: Guesty PR for Dolly Parton
Music And Brand Partnership: Sam Smith and Google Play Live

Streaming Music Platform: Spotify
Retail Brand: HMV
Independent Retailer: Resident, Brighton
Radio Station: BBC Radio 6 Music
Radio Show: Alice Levine

Publisher Of The Year - Singles: Sony/ATV
Publisher Of The Year - Albums: Sony/ATV
Independent Publisher Of The Year: Kobalt
Label/Artist Services: Caroline International
Independent Record Company: Heavenly
Major Record Company: Atlantic

The Outstanding Contribution to Charity: David Munns, Nordoff Robbins
The Strat Award: Neil Warnock, The Agency Group

CMU Beef Of The Week #249: Pat Pope v Garbage
There are three main reasons that photographers appear in the news. First is that they've been punched by a celebrity. Second is that they are suing a celebrity for punching them. Third is that a celebrity is suing them for taking some sneaky pictures without permission. This story relates to none of the above. No one got punched, no one got sued, and no one was unhappy that some pictures had been taken. This dispute is over that most pure and uncomplicated of things: money.

It all began very simply, as so many things do, with an email. A simple email from one party to another asking if they could use some of that other party's stuff. The 'stuff' in this case was some photographs, and by 'use' I mean 'publish in a book'.

It was photographer Pat Pope who received this email, and it came from the management of that successful rock group Garbage. It is now 20 years, or thereabouts, since the band released their debut album, and they understandably want to mark the anniversary. Because who doesn't like applauding numbers?

The aim of the book is to provide fans with an overview of the two decade history of the band, utilising photographs taken of them during that time. Pat Pope is a man who took promotional photographs for the band right at the beginning in 1995, and so his pictures arguably have an important place in the book.

The problem, wrote Pope, in an 'open letter' to Garbage on his Facebook page, is this: "The email says that you really like some of the photos I took of you and would like to use them in your book. It also says that in return for the use of my photos you will give me a 'proper credit' but that given it is planned to be a self release the budget is 'financially limited', by which your management company mean 'we're not going to pay you'".

Now, there's probably some room for debate here about whether or not Pope should have gone public over this quite so quickly. This sort of naming and shaming is not uncommon, but is usually reserved for brands telling fans that they have no money, like with the case of McDonald's and their recent SXSW showcase, for instance.

The band certainly didn't feel it was a just response, arguing in a post on their own Facebook page that the book is "not intended as a profit generating venture" and that "without a book publisher to help offset costs, we are not in the financial position to afford to pay for the usage of every photograph we were hoping to include in the book".

Having agonised over this issue, they apparently pondered scrapping the book altogether, but as one last effort to get the bloody thing made they "decided instead that we would take a leaf out of Amanda Palmer's book 'The Power of Asking' and simply ask the photographers themselves whether they wanted to be included in our book or not. Any refusal of permission would be respectfully accepted and no further questions asked".

See, totally cool? That's a kind of politeness that almost makes it possible to overlook the bit where Garbage shouted that they had "ALREADY paid [Pope] in 1995 for the entire shoot from which these images were selected". Which either suggests that they believe that asking to use the photos was more a courtesy than a legal requirement, or they don't think that further reproductions should be paid for. In which case, they should maybe start handing back their mechanical royalties.

But given that they were just politely asking if it would be cool to use the photos for a book that they don't even expect to make any profit from, was Pope reasonable to call them out? He still feels that, yes, he was. In a second and final post on the matter, he pointed out that Garbage's account of what happened is quite different to his experience.

"Garbage stated in their response that they 'humbly requested' the use of my work for an 'artistic collaboration'", he wrote. "To be clear, Garbage didn't contact me at all. Garbage paid someone at their management company to send me a pro-forma request for free usage of my work. When you receive a request like that, the power relationship is that a gigantic branded entity with huge reach and backing is asking a lone freelancer to accept that the value of their work is zero".

He continued: "Your two choices are to give them the permission, valuing your work at zero, or to refuse permission, in which case they will quietly remove you from the list of freelancers they work with so you won't get any future work. This has happened to me time and again when refusing or granting permission. If Garbage don't understand that this is the nature of these requests then they need to spend less time reading Amanda Palmer and slightly more time investigating how power and control work".

Indeed, it's probably worth remembering that this plan hasn't always gone great for Amanda Palmer either. However, Pope noted, his plan with his original letter hadn't been to shame Garbage, but more to make contact with them about something that they might not know their management was doing in their name.

"When I wrote the letter I genuinely expected that this would be an opportunity for them to step forward and stand up for artists", he explained. "I know hundreds of people working in the creative industries would have stood alongside them had they chosen to do that. To be honest, I sort of regret choosing them for the open letter format because of their response. It wasn't my intention to embarrass them or accuse them of anything; they're great people, we just disagree on this which I'm disappointed and surprised by".

He concluded: "Unlike Garbage, I think the work of artists, including my own work, has a value that is at least equal to everything else being done in a commercial project, and I'm not prepared to reduce the value of it to zero by giving it away. Stop working for free. That's my final word".

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
Andy heads up the team, overseeing the CMU bulletin and website, coordinating features and interviews, reporting on artist and business stories, and contributing to the CMU Approved column.
Email andy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
Chris provides music business coverage and analysis. Chris also leads the CMU Insights training and consultancy business and education programme CMU:DIY, and heads up CMU publisher 3CM UnLimited.
Email chris@unlimitedmedia.co.uk (except press releases, see below)
   
SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
Sam oversees the commercial side of the CMU media, leading on sales and sponsorship, plus helps manage and deliver the CMU Insights training courses and consultancy services.
Email sam@unlimitedmedia.co.uk or call 020 7099 9060
   
CARO MOSES | Co-Publisher
Caro helps oversee the CMU media, while as a Director of 3CM UnLimited she heads up the company's other two titles ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and supports other parts of the business.
Email caro@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
Send ALL press releases to musicnews@unlimitedmedia.co.uk - this is checked daily by the whole editorial team meaning your release will definitely get to the right person.

For details of the training and consultancy services offered by CMU Insights click here - Andy and Chris are also available to provide music business comment, just email them direct.

To promote your company or advertise jobs or services to the entire UK music industry via the CMU bulletin or website contact Sam on 020 7099 9060 or email ads@unlimitedmedia.co.uk
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