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U.K. CREATORS LAUNCH LOBBYING COLLECTIVE

The U.K. creative community has launched an umbrella trade body, The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM), that aims to fight for the rights of songwriters and composers, featured artists, music managers, music producers and musicians to ensure artists can thrive in the digital age.

The new body comprises songwriter and composer body BASCA, featured artist org FAC, managers group MMF, producers guild MPG and the Musicians' Union. CMM will campaign for a music ecosystem that is “fully fair and fit for purpose.” Post-Brexit, this will be at U.K. Government level and with the Intellectual Property Office for modernisation of legal framework. Other areas of focus include transparency, updating pre-digital era contracts, ensuring contracts are fair, addressing value gaps and inequalities, and reviewing revenue flows. 

“As a music maker in the digital era, and as part of CMM, I want to ensure the future is positive, progressive, and flourishing for creators in their development and beyond,” said Imogen Heap, artist and founding patron of CMM. “The current climate around the economics of streaming and the digital transition of the music business has been hampered by outdated laws and outmoded contracts which can be convoluted, confusing and unfair—particularly for those music makers without the resources to fully understand or challenge them.

“With collective voice and clout as the CMM, we pledge to take action on such issues with government, working with the IPO and others, to create an economy in which music makers can progress and thrive alongside innovations in technology.”

Producer Cam Blackwood added: “Music makers are the foundation and the future of the music business. The CMM wants to change the broken economics creatives face. The current model is failing future talent while it is based on the past. The CMM is here to make sure it’s sustainable.”

 

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