Nearly 100 people turned up for the Music Producers Guild’s second Q-Time event at The Hospital Club in London's Covent Garden on January 14th 2013.
The gathering took place on the first floor of Dave Stewart's members' club, where a debate was held on the pressing issues affecting music producers, artists, recording engineers, mixers and all those involved in the production of recorded music.
Hosted by BBC 6Music presenter, recording artist and songwriter Tom Robinson, the event allowed attendees to interact with a panel of experts, including Ed Sheeran's producer Jake Gosling (pictured); Jim Chancellor, MD of Fiction Records; Mark Kelly, Marillion keyboard player and director of The Featured Artists Coalition; Andrew Dubber of New Music Strategies and Ros Earls, producer manager and owner of 140 dB Management.
Topics ranged from the government's failure to recognise the music industry as 'creative', the audio quality of digital music files, the continuing closures of major UK recording studios and the effects of reduced revenue of recorded music sales on the incomes of producers and non-performing songwriters.
The discussion was also recorded, and will soon be made available in full to MPG members on the MPG website.
The next Q-Time event has already been confirmed for April 8th 2013 – again at The Hospital Club – with a panel featuring Guardian journalist and singer-songwriter Helienne Lindvall; CEO of UK Music, Jo Dipple; the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Timothy Clement-Jones, and senior economics director of Spotify, Will Page.
Tickets will be available from the MPG website here.
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