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MMF wins concession on VPL payments

Jazz Summers used last night's Music Manager's Forum awards dinner to announce a key concession from record labels over VPL income.

The MMF chairman announced at the Roll Of Honour dinner - staged at London's Hilton Hotel in Park Lane - that the majors and key indies had agreed to pay British artists for the first time for all public performance income on usage of promo videos.

Summers told the 500-strong audience that the MMF had received commitment to the concept from Universal, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner - with Summers thanking Clive Fisher, Ged Doherty, Tony Wadsworth and John Reid specifically - while Aim chairwoman Alison Wenham had assured him that the UK's key indies would also co-operate in such a way.

The news was revealed on an evening which saw awards presented to The Who/Led Zepellin manager Bill Curbishley, Pink Floyd/Billy Bragg manager Pete Jenner, James Blunt/Just Jack manager Todd Interland, BBC TV's Mark Cooper, producer Mark Ronson and Dave Matthews' Band's Coran Capshaw.

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