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Tony Wadsworth’s authoritative report into the future of the record label raised questions about the recordings business that cannot be ignored.

1) Do financial pressures mean labels will be unable to develop tomorrow’s superstar acts?
2) How are developments in media affecting the recording business? Could media fragmentation hasten a decline in the number of superstar acts coming through?
3) What could this mean for the health of the business?
4) Could record labels adapt more quickly if they ditched physical distribution earlier?
5) What are the alternatives for artists in today’s business for a recording career?
The old model of copyright ownership, control of distribution and mass media is on its way out, and other businesses are snapping at the sector’s heels.

BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth will lead the industry in exploring these questions in an attempt to map out the new dynamic for the business. 

'With input from people from across the business, I have tried to explain the recent evolution of the record label, take the temperature of the industry in 2011, and extrapolate the key trends. I don't claim to have all the answers but I hope to give some perspective to the key changes in an industry that's adapting to a radically new environment without a template, map or guide book.'
Tony Wadsworth


Tony Wadsworth (BPI); Eamonn Forde (Journalist); Paul Smernicki (Universal Music UK); Muff Winwood (former Sony UK President); Peter Thomson [PIAS];Martin Goldschmidt (Cooking Vinyl); Robert Horsfall (Sound Advice LLP); Malcolm Gerrie (WhizzKid Entertainment); George Ergatoudis (BBC Radio 1); Alice Enders (Enders Analysis); Sean Adams (Drowned In Sound / Sunday Times) others tbc – for instant update follow this link


Keith Harris (MusicTank/PPL/Keith Harris Music)

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Thu 14 Jul | 14.30 (registration) - 19.00


The Boardroom, PRS for Music, 29/33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB


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