MPA reveals new board members at AGM

MPA reveals new board members at AGM

The MPA announced the results of its latest board elections at its AGM yesterday, which took place at London’s Royal Institution.

The AGM saw a total of seven MPA members stand for six elected director vacancies on the MPA Board.

Results of the voting, which had taken place online in advance of the meeting, were revealed, with Richard King (Faber Music Ltd), Simon Platz (Bucks Music Group Ltd), John Minch (Imagem UK), Stuart Hornall (Hornall Brothers Music Ltd), Crispin Evans (Cote Basque Music Publishing Ltd), and David Kassner (Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd) all re-elected to the Board having been required to retire by rotation.  

Also announced were recipients of 2016’s Richard Toeman Scholarship, with Clemmie Woodhouse (UMPGM) and Grace Roberts (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) winning the publishing and student categories respectively. Their prizes will include a financial contribution towards training and education, and discounted participation in MPA-related events.  

The AGM concluded with a celebration of DIY culture, featuring an interview between punk legend Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Carbon/Silicon) and Music Week editor Mark Sutherland, before a panel discussion with 2016’s innovators. This was moderated by Record of the Day’s Liz Stokes with Austin Daboh (BBC 1Xtra), Chris Meehan (Sentric Music), Harri Davies (Bucks Music), P Money (artist/writer) and Sian Anderson (SighTracked). 

Meanwhile, in her AGM speech, MPA Group CEO Jane Dyball revealed that A&R investment by British music publishers is at an all-time high in her MPA AGM speech this afternoon.

In an address that highlighted the growing importance of international revenues, Dyball also revealed that the value of sync revenue and direct licensing among the group’s members is on the up.

“A&R investment by British music publishers is at an all-time high and, give or take the odd million, equal with that spent by British record labels,” she said.

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