Have you been asked to work for free?

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This week, concerned at the growing trend of professional musicians not being paid for their work, the Musicians’ Union is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians. If you’ve been asked to work for free, tweet about it using the hashtag #WorkNotPlayMU.

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Discussion: Playing for nothing? Is it worth it?

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Last week we came across this interesting post written by David Booth on his blog The Recording Booth. A discussion about playing for nothing…

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MU: ‘LOCOG OWES US SOME ANSWERS’

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Further to the BBC London News piece yesterday in which Horace Trubridge (MU) was interviewed about professional musicians being asked to work for no fee at the Olympics, the MU is demanding answers from LOCOG.

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Liverpool Sound City 2012: Our ‘conferences to watch’

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You should definitely head over to their website to discover everything thats’ going on this weekend from Festival, Conference to Expo but for now here’s our One’s to Watch..

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Live Music Act: FAQ

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As a result of the Act, in England and Wales, performances of live amplified music to audiences of fewer than 200 people between the hours of 8am-11pm will no longer need local authority permission

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A2IM has a different view of anti-SOPA protests

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It’s not just the RIAA and big music companies that support SOPA. In another example of the divisions within the music and media industries over proposed anti-piracy legislation and last months anti-SOPA protests, the American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) offered this statement at the time..

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2012: The year of the music app

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This ties in with the questions we were asking in last years industry poll, Ten in Ten, whereby we asked 1,600+ music industry professionals for their views about the futures on our industry – with some intriguing results.

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Black Wednesday: SOPA protests gather support online

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It is widely accepted that SOPA will censor the web, stifle innovation and hurt web businesses. Google have blacked out their logo (on the US .com version) – Google’s David Drummond explained the company’s views on SOPA/PIPA in an official blog post., and it won’t even help the fight against piracy.

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SOPA support is waning in the US

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The White House issued a clear rejection of some of the main principles of SOPA. While the White House supports the major goal of the bills to stop international online piracy, there is a growing chorus of complaints about the way the law is to be implemented.

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SoundExchange is growing fast, $89m paid to artist & labels

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SoundExchange is growing fast & so is the amount being paid to artists & labels. On their official blog they have just announced that in Q4 2011 they paid out $89m

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