Artists must be ‘front and centre of music biz’s future’ says FAC CEO NEW BOSS IMOGEN HEAP CALLS FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY FROM LABELS TALENT BY DANIEL GUMBLE
Newly appointed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) CEO Imogen Heap has spoken to Music Week about her plans for the organisation and her bid to place artists “front and centre of conversations about how the industry is going to be shaped”.
Heap replaces former CEO Paul Pacifico – now CEO at AIM - in the role on an interim basis, citing the decision to appoint an artist as a significant move.
“To have an artist as a CEO gives us a great hand to play,” she said. “We need to make the FAC sustainable as an organisation. Currently it relies upon patrons to fund its work but it needs to be self-sustaining in order to give us the flexibility we need.”
According to Heap, the most pressing issues currently affecting artists is the lack of transparency between labels and artists.
“We are calling for artists to have full transparency throughout the value chain,” she explained. “To know what’s going on between labels and services and what’s happening to our
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is fighting for artists’ rights money. We want to do as much as we can to increase that transparency, whether through legislation or trying to get some kind of standard set so that labels feel responsible for their artists.”
Another core focus for Heap will be to encourage labels to take better care of their artists and protect them from the more exploitative aspects of the industry.
“Labels aren’t always looking after your best interests,” warns Heap. “When I first signed to a label I naively thought that was the case. I was like, They’re my label, they are like my parents. I didn’t realise that the record industry is called an industry because it is an industry. It’s about making money.”
The FAC has also announced a number of other senior level appointments, with Sandie Shaw made honourary president and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree and urban artist Lemar joining the board.
Echoing Heap’s sentiments, Shaw is of the opinion that the future of the music business should be shaped first and foremost by artists.
“You’ve got to think about inventing the future and it’s really up to the creators to have their own vision of that future,” Shaw told Music Week. “You can’t keep asking the government to change everything for you. It’s not really for government to interfere - what do they know about our businesses? I feel confident that we can make those changes for the future.”
WEEK 46 TOP 75 SHARE BY CORPORATE GROUP
Universal - 41.75% Sony - 32.26% Warner - 19.84% Others - 6.15%
Universal - 30.97% Sony - 43.15% Warner - 17.81% Others - 8.07%
ALL ALBUMS (Combined Artists & Compilation Albums)
Universal Music - 28.32% Sony Music - 42.08% Warner Music - 14.82% Sony / Universal - 4.97% Sony/Warner 75/25 - 0.40% Others (See breakdown below) - 9.41%
BECAUSE MUSIC 0.34% BMG 2.30% DEMON MUSIC GROUP 0.79% GLOBAL MUSIC RECORDINGS 1.71% SONY4/UNIVERSAL5/WARNER1 2.17% SONY42/UNIV42/WARNER15 1.40% XL BEGGARS 0.70%
WEEK 46 TOP 75 SHARE BY RECORD COMPANY
Others - 17.22%
Atlantic - 15.70% RCA Label Group - 10.63% Virgin EMI - 12.90% Polydor - 12.89% Island - 13.03% Syco Music - 10.64% Columbia - 6.99%
3 BEAT 1.60% BECAUSE MUSIC 1.68% BLACK BUTTER 2.45% CAPITOL 1.33% GLOBAL MUSIC RECORDINGS 1.22% GOOD SOLDIER 0.67% INSANITY 0.59% MINISTRY OF SOUND 0.96% PARLOPHONE 2.51% S-CURVE 0.73% SN1 0.82% WARNER BROS 1.63% YOUNG TURKS RECORDINGS 1.01%
Others - 50.66%
Atlantic - 2.24% Virgin EMI - 11.79% Rhino (Warners) - 7.94% Polydor - 3.29% Island - 4.31% Warner Bros - 5.93% RCA Label Group - 13.84%
BECAUSE MUSIC 0.40% BIG BROTHER 0.72% BMG 2.71% CAROLINE 2.10% COLUMBIA LABEL GROUP 10.22% DECCA 8.23% DEMON MUSIC 0.93% FOD 0.34% GLOBAL MUSIC RECORDINGS 2.01% IGNITION 0.28% IHT 0.30% INSANITY 0.69% NUCLEAR BLAST 0.28% PARLOPHONE 1.69% SONY MUSIC CG 14.26% SYCO MUSIC 3.42% UMC 0.90% UMOD 0.35% XL RECORDINGS 0.83%
YEAR TO DATE TOTAL MARKET SHARES BY CORPORATE GROUP
Universal - 36.0% Sony - 25.5% Warner - 18.6% Others - 19.9%
XL Beggars 1.7% Ministry Of Sound Group 1.0% Because Music - 0.9% [PIAS] - 0.3% BMG - 1.0% Demon Music Group - 0.3%
Universal - 30.5% Sony - 19.3% Warner - 20.9% Others - 29.3%
XL Beggars 3.9% Domino Recordings 0.8% Demon Music Group 0.7% Cooking Vinyl 0.6% BMG 2.4% Kobalt Music Group 0.5% [PIAS] 0.7%
Universal - 37.2% Sony - 22.5% Warner - 18.0% Others - 22.3%
XL Beggars 2.0% Domino Recordings 0.7% Because Music 0.8% BMG 0.9% Ministry Of Sound Group 0.6% [PIAS] 0.7%
Universal Music - 32.8% Sony Music - 23.0% Warner Music - 17.3% Ministry Of Sound - 2.9% Demon Music Group - 0.8% XL Beggars - 2.9% Domino Recordings - 0.6% Cooking Vinyl - 0.4% [PIAS] - 0.6% BMG - 2.0% Others - 16.7%
YEAR TO DATE TOTAL MARKET SHARES RECORD COMPANY
RCA Label Group - 13.5% Virgin EMI - 12.5% Island - 9.5% Polydor 7.9% Atlantic Records UK - 7.0% Columbia Label Group - 5.0% Warner Bros - 5.1% Parlophone - 3.9% Rhino (Warners) - 2.1% Syco - 3.3% Others - 30.2%
Virgin EMI - 9.3% Columbia Label Group - 3.8% RCA Label Group - 6.3% Polydor - 5.8% Island - 5.3% Atlantic Records 4.1% Rhino (Warner) - 8.1% Sony Music CG - 6.6% Warner Bros- 4.6% Decca - 4.0% Others - 42.1%
RCA Label Group - 11.8% Virgin EMI - 12.4% Island - 10.4% Polydor - 8.6% Atlantic Records UK - 7.8%
Columbia Label Group - 5.3% Warner Bros - 4.8% Parlophone - 3.5% Syco - 2.0% Others - 33.4%