UK Music Industry

A Vision Of A Family Friendly Music Industry

Vick Bain | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vick Bain

I don't talk often about my experiences of balancing a career in the music industry with being a parent - it is something I, alongside thousands of others, just get on and do. But my start to parenthood was perhaps tougher than many - my partner left me whilst I was pregnant and my twins were born two months premature.

The Challenge Of Organising A Gender-Balanced Conference In The Music Industry

Lara Baker | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

AIM's annual independent label conference Indie-Con is coming round on 1st February and whilst our events have always been better than industry norms ...

Gender Equality in Music: The Beginnings of a New Movement Involving Men and Women

Vanessa Reed | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Reed

If all of this energy, wisdom and news about independent initiatives came from one room of people at a conference on a Friday afternoon, imagine what could be achieved if we could multiply this and connect it to every level of the industry and to those who make decisions nationally and internationally about funding and policy development.

There's No Such Thing as Over the Hill Anymore

Horace Trubridge | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

When the band I was in was gathering interest from the music industry in the mid 1970s, we weren't having to compete with Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, The Tremolos, the Four Pennies, Heinz, Wayne Fontana, Amen Corner and all those other great bands from the 1960s, because they had either moved on to other careers or had jumped to the cabaret circuit.

#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The BRITs

Ben Johns | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.

Thinking About Gender And Festival Bookings

Chris T-T | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chris T-T

The current debates around gender bias in live music (specifically festival lineups) are important but people are focused too closely on the big names and headliners. I think we learn more looking at the smaller stages and events specifically aimed at 'emerging artists'. I've done two quick bits of number crunching in that area and found more optimistic results.

Turn Down For What?

Carly Wilford | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

As I looked around the room it was completely out of balance. Where were all the women? So I courageously walked up to the front and asked the accommodating panel why they thought that was and how collectively we can change that within the music industry.

'I'm Not Privileged' Says Straight, White, Privately Educated Man

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy

A heterosexual white man who went to public school has hit back at claims that he is privileged. ''Every step of the way, my background has been ag...

David Gedge of The Wedding Present: 'We Were Destined To Be a John Peel Band'

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."

Want to Work in the Music Industry? The Gates Are Open!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

The aims of the BIG Music Project are to deliver a large scale, year long, media-led youth engagement campaign, reaching over 4,500,000 young people aged 14-24 across the UK, and focused on the opportunities created for them by their passion for and interest in music.

Leopards and Spots - The 'B' Side

Horace Trubridge | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Last month I wrote a piece entitled 'Leopards And Spots - Why The Labels Never Change'. It was about record companies and the relationship that they have with performers. I compared my own personal experience of record companies and publishers back in the 1970s with the contracts that I now see being offered to MU members on a weekly basis.

Why Being Unable to Earn a Living as a Musician Will Increase, Not Decrease, Music Quality

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Cunningham

Further, the lines between professional musician and skilled amateur are blurring. A year ago punkster Amanda Palmer wrote an extremely eloquent open letter on playing music for free, and working with unpaid musicians. She insists that she wouldn't have been able to achieve the success that she has without having the chance to play unpaid gigs.

Daniel Ek, 29, Spotify Founder, Tenth Richest On The Sunday Times Music Rich List

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Tech

Daniel Ek, the 29-year-old founder of Spotify has shot his way up The Sunday Times music rich list, to place equal tenth with Mick Jagger and the Beck...