Tag Archives: Music Industry


Earlier on in the week, I was asked to write a blog for my university’s Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations. The subject was on the impact of Covid-19 on the music industry and yes … Continue reading

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The State of Grassroot Music Venues: One Hand Giveth, while the other Taketh it Away

When the 2012 Live Music Act became law, I was encouraged that grassroots music could now be showcased in a venue with a capacity of no more than 200 (recently amended to 500), without the proprietor applying for a license. … Continue reading

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Recording Sales Would be 17 Times Higher Without Piracy, UMG Study Finds

Where are you on the continuum of ‘free’ or ‘subscription’? I have personally being paying to Spotify for around 4 years now – as I think it is the only way the music industry has a future.The ‘free’ model for … Continue reading

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Spotify responds to Apple Music by revealing it now has 75m active users

Another post in The Guardian has revealed that Spotify has made a significant increase in its paid subscribers over the last 12 months – despite the fact that 20 million paid subscribers is a drop in the ocean compared to … Continue reading

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Two Conferences in a Week: Time for Marking

Well, it is the time of year where everything is put on hold –  so I can wade through dozens of student essays and creative projects. However, last week, I took a break from marking madness and presented two at … Continue reading

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National Identity versus Commerce: An Analysis of Opportunities and Limitations within the Welsh Music Scene for Composers and Performing Musicians

I have a new Journal article coming out in the next week which discusses some askpects of the Welsh Music scene. It will be published in the Journal ‘Popular Music History’ – a short abstract copied below. This chapter intends … Continue reading

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Popular Music Foundation Degrees: Are they Micky Mouse Courses?

The funding I recently obtained from the European Social Fund to develop a Foundation Degree for the Convergence Areas of the Welsh Music Industry is now been put to good use. The structure is now more or less fully developed, … Continue reading

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Free Foundation Degree in Music For Wales

I got some good news this week. Over the last couple of years or so I have been working on developing a Foundation Degree that facilitates  anyone working within the music industry to gain credit for the skills they already … Continue reading

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How Relevant Are Foundation Degree’s To The Music Industry (Part 1)

The research I have been doing recently for the Welsh Music Foundation into live music over the last few months has made me think – how relevant and important are Foundation Degree’s to the music industry? This is part of … Continue reading

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MediaFuturist: Open letter to Lord Mandelson: here is how to solve the Internet Music Problem – Legalize It!

Open Letter to Lord Mandelson, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (UK) The Digital Music License (DML) – why and how a new public license for the legal consumption of music on the Internet … Continue reading

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