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Viewpoint: UK Music acting CEO Tom Kiehl on why the business rate cut for venues is so important

Last week, it was revealed that hundreds of venues in England and Wales are set to receive a 50% reduction in business rates. The announcement by the government for small and medium grassroots venues stands to release more than £1.7 million ...

Why the post-Brexit UK needs its own Copyright Directive

Well, that was a waste of time and effort. Or, at least, that’s what the music business executives and artists who campaigned tirelessly for the European Copyright Directive could have been excused for thinking, as Nigel Adams (pictured) casually noted the government has no plans to actually implement it. After the UK's exit from the European Union, it has no obligation to, of course. That would make the Directive's protection for rights-holders – not to mention the other measures in the legislation that would benefit music creatives – the first casualty of Brexit. Hopefully it won’t be an indicator of how tough life could become for musicians outside of the protective umbrella of the EU. After our much-delayed exit on January 31, that is precisely where find ourselves and there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure British music can still easily travel beyond Dover. Operating on a non-level playing field with the rest of Europe, without the longed-for measures contained within the Copyright Directive, is not going to help with that. And who knows what the likes of Google, who campaigned vigorously against the Copyright Directive, will make of the latest developments in the UK. Is the Copyright Directive's protection for rights-holders the first casualty of Brexit? Music Week The current transition period, which lasts only until the end of 2020, is going to be crucial for the biz to sort out its priorities and strategies at a time when most politicians will think they have bigger fish to fry. So it’s important that the ones who are engaged with the industry step up. Adams, Minister Of State for Sport, Media & Creative Industries, provoked a hostile reaction on social media when he called for artists to be allowed freedom of movement post-EU membership, despite him campaigning for Brexit. But at least that suggested he is prepared to lobby for things that might not necessarily be popular further along the corridors of power. It’s to be hoped he can extend that approach to ensuring the UK has copyright legislation that’s at least the equal of the Directive, and help keep British music's export business booming. Adams is widely regarded as a friend of the industry. Now would be a good time to prove it. * To read our recent report into the potential impact of Brexit on the music industry, click here. To subscribe to Music Week and never miss a vital music biz story, click here.

Can the Grammys survive its latest crisis?

“You think I give a damn about a Grammy?” rapped Eminem on The Real Slim Shady but, right now, the approval of even the biggest artists in the world is the least of the Recording Academy’s worries. I write this in the run-up to the 2020 ceremony, but this year, no one is talking about the music. The Grammys are no strangers to controversy, but the Recording Academy is going to have to pull off the most remarkable show in its storied history if it's going to have any chance of overshadowing the astonishing events surrounding the departure of new Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan. Dugan was placed on “administrative leave” just days before music’s self-styled ‘biggest night’, sparking a war of words that has gripped the biz throughout Grammys week. Some of the claims surrounding Deborah Dugan’s departure make Kill Your Friends look like My Little Pony Music Week Some of the more lurid claims and counter-claims surrounding Dugan’s departure make Kill Your Friends look like My Little Pony and it’s going to take a long time, and probably a lot of legal action, before we get anywhere near to the truth of what actually did and didn’t happen. But one thing is clear: the Recording Academy is in the grips of a crisis the likes of which the music industry has never seen, and it has only itself to blame. Former boss Neil Portnow’s infamous instruction to female artists to “step up” in order to gain Grammys recognition in 2018 might have been a colossal faux pas, but it at least offered the Academy the chance to change. The formation of a Diversity Task Force to revamp the Academy, the female artist-dominated 2019 ceremony and the appointment of Dugan offered hope that that change was coming. It even made up with Ariana Grande, due to perform on Sunday night. But, instead, in a few short weeks, the Grammys have gone from “step up” to meltdown. And if the swamp of vested interests and dubious practices that this incident appears to reveal isn’t drained this time, it could ultimately lead to shutdown for the planet's biggest awards ceremony. But whether anyone – the fans, the artists, even the music industry – would actually still give a damn were that to happen remains to be seen.

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