Songwriters, musicians, artists – they all have one thing in common, in that they create and own intellectual property, and their copyrights are very much the currency they deal in. The whole issue can be a minefield for both creative people and for the record labels, websites, production companies, studios, etc – that record, manufacture and market these works.
MCPS Scotland, together with the SMIA, is hosting a seminar at 6pm on Thursday 13th Oct at The Scottish Music Centre, Candleriggs, Glasgow aimed at untangling the copyright maze.
Speakers will be Stuart Fleming, Senior Member Relations Manager (Scotland & Northern Ireland) for PRS for Music, Keith Harris, Director of Performer Affairs for PPL and Duncan McCrone, Senior Manager MCPS Scotland. They will talk about their individual organizations, the rights they represent and the various income streams artists, musicians, writers and composers should expect from their intellectual property rights. This will be followed up by a Q&A and there will be opportunity to chat over a coffee afterwards.
Keith Harris joined PPL in 2006. He started in the music industry in 1974 working for Transatlantic – a small independent UK label. In 1976 he joined EMI Records where he initially worked for several in-house EMI labels in the promotions department. These included Rocket where he worked on the Elton John album ‘Blue Moves’, Fantasy, Ariola and EMI International. He then joined Motown becoming General Manager working with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. He left in 1978 to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for his companies.
In 1982 he formed his own management company and was involved in the management of various UK based artists – whilst also continuing to represent Stevie Wonder. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Westminster School of Music, Film and Fashion where he has lectured since 1993. He is a former Chairman of the MMF, the managers’ trade body and he is the Chairman of Musictank. He was made an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster in November 2007.
Spaces are limited so please confirm your attendance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.