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Key issues for the UK’s music sector - going live and safety, exports and touring, copyright and streaming, policy priorities, and support for recovery and growth

Morning, Tuesday, 15th June 2021


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is looking at the key issues currently being faced by the UK’s music sector.


The discussion takes place in the context of the Government’s roadmap to recovery for the sector in the wake of the pandemic with the formation of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce, and the ongoing inquiries into the economics of music streaming and the return of music festivals in 2021.


The conference will also be an opportunity to examine options for mitigating the impact of Brexit on the sector, including practical issues such as copyright, visas, heightened bureaucracy and insurance.


Sessions in the agenda include:

  • policy priorities and the future for the UK music industry
  • moving the music sector forward in the wake of the pandemic - safe opening, financial sustainability, challenges facing venues, and strategies for improving sector resilience
  • maximising export capabilities and opening up new markets for UK music
  • the future of the live music industry and touring post-Brexit
  • taking forward the findings of the DCMS committee report into music streaming
  • emerging issues and priorities for copyright policy in the UK
  • key issues for revenue sharing, frameworks for fair remuneration, and the way forward for digital performing rights

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DCMS and the Intellectual Property Office.


Key areas for discussion:

  • the music sector post-COVID - assessing priorities in the wake of the pandemic and for moving forward:
    • reopening the sector:
      • priorities for the move back to live events and festivals, and the impact of the Government’s roadmap
      • what support is needed in advance and alongside reopening
      • insurance and other practicalities, and how they can be addressed
    • vaccine passports - looking at their potential role in supporting consumer confidence and the safe reopening of the sector
    • lessons learned from the pandemic - how the UK music scene has adapted during the pandemic and innovated its offerings
    • improving sector resilience:
      • lessons learned for addressing the challenges facing the sector and venues
      • working with councils and residents to develop and support the future of the live music industry, and the wider local night-time economy
  • maximising export capabilities - including opening up new markets as new trade deals are negotiated:
    • the Music Export Growth Scheme - including discussion on its impact, and whether more is needed to support the music industry to compete internationally
  • the impact of Brexit:
    • adapting to changes in copyright:
      • latest thinking on implications of government decisions on copyright following the end of the transition period
      • evaluating how the sector is adjusting
    • tackling piracy - addressing challenges, options, and practicalities for protecting rights going forward, including priorities for future international co-operations and agreements
    • touring visa requirements - assessing their impact, and what can be done to mitigate the impact of added bureaucracy relating to permission to work abroad, and varying national visa rules
  • music streaming - taking forward the findings of the report, with discussion on:
    • a fair balance - looking at options for commercial and regulatory frameworks that serve the interests of both digital and streaming platforms and IP owners, rights-holders, and content creators
    • revenue sharing - assessing improvements that can be made around system for remunerating content creators and rights holders

Background to the discussion:

  • COVID-19 roadmap to June 2021 - the Government roadmap for the reopening of the economy up to June 2021, as well as the ongoing work of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and its Entertainment and Events working group
  • changes to copyright law - with the Government stating its intention not to implement the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
  • Budget 2021 - including the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and the Culture Recovery Fund to support the sector and enable economic recovery
  • UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements - changes in touring visa requirements for musicians meaning that they may have to source pre-approved visas and/or work permits to perform inside the EU
  • the Economics of music streaming - the DCMS committee inquiry looking at:
    • how government can protect the music industry from piracy
    • whether a UK equivalent of the Copyright Directive is needed
  • the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) - aimed at supporting small to medium sized music companies compete internationally
  • The future of UK music festivals inquiry - a DCMS committee inquiry examining, in part, what support is needed for UK music festivals to return in 2021

The agenda:

  • Policy priorities and the future for the UK music industry
  • Moving the music sector forward in the wake of the pandemic - safe opening, financial sustainability, challenges facing venues, and strategies for improving sector resilience
  • Maximising export capabilities and opening up new markets for UK music
  • The future of the live music industry and touring post-Brexit
  • Taking forward the findings of the DCMS committee report into music streaming
  • Emerging issues and priorities for copyright policy in the UK
  • Key issues for revenue sharing, frameworks for fair remuneration, and the way forward for digital performing rights

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Intellectual Property Office.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from other UK music stakeholders including musician unions and member groups, record labels and media publishers, music education platforms, venues and live event organisers, business consultancies, branding and marketing groups, specialist law firms, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speakers

Ariel Sommer

Head of Music, Publishing & Copyright Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Neil Semple

Creative Content Lead, Department for International Trade

Keynote Speakers

Ariel Sommer

Head of Music, Publishing & Copyright Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Neil Semple

Creative Content Lead, Department for International Trade

Speakers

Alexander Ross

Partner, Wiggin

John Mottram

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, PRS for Music

Paul Pacifico

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Music

Claire McColgan

Director, Liverpool City Council

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Paul Reed

Chief Executive, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)