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PiPA calls for performing arts organisations and the government to consider the medium term needs and risks posed to parents and carers in the sector’s workforce.

Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) is highlighting the current developments connected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that directly affects parents and carers in the performing arts.  

Those who are freelance or contractors and look after ill, disabled or elderly loved ones or have small children will be confronted with loss of income and employment if self-isolation is required, or if events, shows and concerts are cancelled, but also if new guidance advises that schools must close. 

The loss of income and livelihood is heightened particularly among those on freelance and fixed term or zero hours contracts, many of which will contain the ‘Force majeure’ clause, meaning there will be no liability to the employer if they cancel jobs. There is a very real risk of parents and carers seeing their income cut in the short and medium term, either due to cancelled contracts, self isolation or  increased child and eldercare requirements. This has the likelihood to have a devastating knock on effect to those who are already vulnerable, such as single parents, sole carers and those on low income, who due to their employment status are not eligible for parental leave or sick pay.

PiPA urges all performing arts organisations to think in the medium term and facilitate flexible and remote working, as well as support freelancers during cancellation and deploy further resources. PiPA is encouraged that the recent budget stated the government will consider how to provide appropriate support to self-employed parents, but in light of coronavirus, this need is heightened and urgent.

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

Sukhraj Johal joins Warner Records UK as General Manager

Jennifer Ivory promoted to SVP Sebastian Simone made Director of Audience   Warner Records UK today announced that Sukhraj Johal has joined the label as General Manager. At the same time, it was announced that Jennifer Ivory has been promoted to Senior Vice President....more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival to move to 2021

Meltdown will not take place in 2020 following Government advice    - Grace Jones remains as curator of the 2021 festival, taking place from Friday 11 June - Sunday 20 June 2021- The entire announced line-up will play including Grace Jones,...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

Ticketco launch pay-per-view HD streaming to support event organisers

Cloud based payment platform TicketCo today launched a pay-per-view TV service to support the event industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With event organisers seeking new ways to generate income and the world on lock-down with people seeking engagement and entertainment...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

Warner Music opens for business in Vietnam

Lisa Nguyen announced as Managing Director  Warner Recorded Music today announced the opening of a new affiliate in Vietnam, one of the most exciting emerging markets in South East Asia with a population of some 100 million people.  Warner Music Vietnam...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

Let’s get physical… Global artists help get fans moving

Deezer’s new ‘Workout with…’ series offers commented fitness playlists by J Balvin, YungBlud, Zara Larsson, Steve Aoki, Ally Brooke and Five Finger Death Punch   “Repeat after me… I can do it!” Now you really can, despite being stuck inside. Six global...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

BPI & ERA partner on ‘Serving the Superfans’ Insight Session

Online event to take place in association with Music Ally on 29th April 2020   BPI and ERA are delighted to partner once again in association with Music Ally to host an Insight Sessionwhich, this time out, will explore how the music community can best serve the superfan. The event...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

The AI Song Contest

Ed Newton-Rex gives an overview of the forthcoming AI Song Contest Background The AI Song Contest is a song competition in which all the songs involve artificial intelligence (AI) in their creation in some way. It’s intended to shine a light on...more

06 Apr 2020 | Press release

A Billion New Fans: Soundrop Expands Distribution to New Music Services in China, Russia

On April 6, Soundrop will start distributing all of its artists' active catalog to several major music services in key new markets, expanding their potential audience by more than a billion listeners.  Soundrop's new distribution partners include NetEase, TenCent's music platforms...more

03 Apr 2020 | Press release

The Official Top 40 Biggest Singles and Albums of 2020 so far – end of Q1

The Weeknd's Blinding Lights takes early singles lead Viral TikTok hits from Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat and Trevor Daniel make strong impact Eminem, J Hus and BTS among biggest new albums of the year so far while Lewis Capaldi's debut continues its...more

03 Apr 2020 | Press release

Danny Howard moves to coveted 9pm slot in BBC Radio 1 Friday night schedule

BBC Radio 1 launches a new Friday night schedule which will see presenters Danny Howard, Annie Mac and Pete Tong continue to showcase the station’s premiere electronic music talent, with Howard moving to the 9-11pm show from this Friday (3rd...more

03 Apr 2020 | Press release

"Get your hit together": BMAT rolls out initiative to help music creators to maximize royalties in response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to disturb the world economy, emerging music artists are among the most financially affected. With tours being canceled so that ticket sales are no longer bringing in revenue and with both labels and independent artists...more

03 Apr 2020 | Press release

ERA pays tribute to long-time Chairman and indie record store pioneer Paul Quirk

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has paid tribute to former Chairman Paul Quirk who died yesterday (April 2) at home after a short battle with cancer.ERA CEO Kim Bayley said, "ERA is indebted to Paul Quirk. Not only was he...more

03 Apr 2020 | Press release

New Social Music Platform Breaks And Connects New Artists During Covid-19 Isolation

  In a time of social distancing, musicians are forced to find creative solutions to engage with fans, collaborate with other artists, and get their music heard. As a result, many musicians are learning that when fans are a part of...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Marathon Music Group Appoints Ophelia Conheady as Head of A&R for Marathon Artists imprint

Marathon Music Group has announced the appointment of Ophelia Conheady as Head of A&R for its main label imprint, Marathon Artists. Highly regarded by both the artist community and her music industry peers, Ophelia joins the company from her previous position...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group appoints John Leahy as SVP Marketing and Strategy

The role is the first created since Chrysalis Records returned to releasing new music   Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group today further strengthened their senior team with the appointment of John Leahy in the newly created position of SVP Marketing and Strategy. Leahy...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Jaguar announces a new home for undiscovered electronic music on BBC Radio 1: BBC Introducing Dance

  BBC Radio 1 are set to launch a brand new home for undiscovered dance music this Sunday night, designed solely to showcase the next wave of emerging electronic talent. At the helm is rising star and trusted tastemaker and DJ, Jaguar.Following on...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Music sector joins together to call for EU and national investment to address current crisis and promote diversity

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last. As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close,...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Virgin EMI presents Lockdown Live

VIRGIN EMI PRESENTS LOCKDOWN LIVE IN SUPPORT OF GLOBAL CITIZEN AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S COVID-19 SOLIDARITY RESPONSE FUND 32 ACTS PERFORMING ACROSS 3 DAYS INCLUDING THE GRAMMY NOMINATED US POP SUPERSTARS ALESSIA CARA AND TORI KELLY, BRIT NOMINEE CALUM SCOTT,...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Toolroom has appointed electronic music specialist Dispersion PR to handle the company's media communications

In its second decade of operations, Dispersion PR has a client list which takes in underground stalwarts like Rekids, Cocoon and Phantasy as well as Ministry of Sound, BMG and Polydor.    'We're really inspired by Toolroom's growing operations and ambition,' said...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Mike Smith stands down as MD of Warner Chappell UK

GUY & CARIANNE STATEMENT “Mike’s decided to leave the company for family reasons.  He’s been an integral part of the Warner Chappell story over the last few years and we’re grateful for everything he’s achieved.  We’re sorry to see him leave...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Liverpool Sound City 'Guest House'

The urgency for Guest House came from the situation forced upon us all by the global outbreak of the Coronavirus. Guest House allows musicians to maintain desperately needed income during this difficult time and it also allows fans to get...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Supporting music collectives during COVID-19: Ballantine's x Boiler Room

An update from Boiler Room x Ballantine's True Music projectAs I'm sure you've experienced first-hand the worsening situation of COVID-19 has exposed the real fragility of underground music. From mass cancellations, to restricted access to resources, with artists and other members...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Introducing... LiveFrom Events

Your Streaming as a Service Provider LiveFrom Events is our simple-to-use Streaming as a Service platform. We wanted to make it easyfor creators, producers and artists to run small intimate shows and yet connect and engage with all their fans worldwide.And...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

ARA, A2IM, MAC, NMPA, NSAI, Recording Academy, RIAA, and Sona join forces on website offering guidance, resources for music community

  Leading artist rights organizations including the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the Music Artists Coalition (MAC), National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Recording Academy, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

British Landlords Unite with Tenants for a Collective Response to Prevent Major Loss of Business

It is fantastic news that so many Landlords from across the UK have joined with us at this very difficult time. We are of course, all in this together which is why The NTIA and many British Landlords are asking...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Jason Mraz signs new global multi-recordings deal with BMG

As announced this morning on Jason Mraz's newly launched weekly livestreamed series, "La La La Livestream," Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum artist Jason Mraz has signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG. The multi-album deal encompasses three full-length studio recordings with...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

BBC's Bob Harris OBE and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett join the Americana Music Association UK Board

  The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) has today announced that the BBC's "Whispering Bob" Harris and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett will join the organisation's Board.  The two long-term supporters of the genre join British singer-songwriter and Americana trailblazer Billy Bragg,...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

AIM hosts first music business conference adapted to virtual format in response to Covid-19

  OVER 4,000 DELEGATES FROM 27 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ATTENDED AIM SYNC 2020 NEWLY UPDATED VERSION OF AIM SYNC GUIDE LAUNCHED WINNERS OF THE FIRST EVER AIM INDEPENDENT SYNC AWARDS ANNOUNCED   How does the Association of Independent Music (AIM) respond to a global pandemic? By...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

One Media iP Group plc reports strong set of FY19 results

One Media iP (AIM:OMIP), the digital media content provider which exploits intellectual digital property rights around music, video and copyright technology, announces its Full Year Results for the 12-month period ended 31 October 2019.   Financial Highlights Revenue increased 30% to £3,508,891 (2018: £2,702,374) EBITDA...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

Beatport Presents: ReConnect, A Global Music Event

8.5 million people tuned in to watch Beatport's 34-hour live stream marathon with DJs from around the globe, raising over $180,000 for the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and WHO COVID-19 Funds   Beatport, the world's leading destination for electronic music, today announced that its...more

06 Apr 2020

  • US National Music Publishers Association threatens to sue TikTok for copyright infringement (see News)

  • Duffy reveals details of rape ordeal (see News)

  • Bill Withers, influential soul singer, passes away (see News, Features)

03 Apr 2020

  • Mike Smith stands down as Warner Chappell MD (see Business)

  • European music organisations urge increase of budgets dedicated to music (see News)

02 Apr 2020

  • Spotify and Warner Music Group announce renewed global licensing partnership (see Business)

  • Blue Raincoat appoints John Leahy; Marathon appoints Ophelia Conheady (see Business)

01 Apr 2020

  • Kobalt reports increased losses but strong revenue growth (see Business)

  • Vivendi closes sale of stake in Universal Music Group to Tencent consortium (see Business)

  • TikTok strikes short-term licensing deals with majors (see Digital)

  • Eurovision Song Contest to be broadcast in live, non-competitive format (see Media)

31 Mar 2020

  • Tom Watson appointed Chair of UK Music (see Business)

  • OCC and ERA working to expand the number of independent retailers reporting home delivery sales to the Official Charts (see News)

30 Mar 2020

  • Hipgnosis acquires Richie Sambora catalogue (see Deals)

  • PPL announces £87.6m Q1 distribution, plus additional measures to help the music community (see News)

  • MMF and FAC survey suggests £50m has been lost to the wider music economy (see Analysis)

27 Mar 2020

  • Music industry welcomes 'vital lifeline' for self-employed, but warns two month wait too long (see News)

  • Download and Isle of Wight festivals cancelled (see News)

26 Mar 2020

  • Radio 1, 6 Music to streamline schedules; Annie Mac comes off air (see Media)

  • SpotifyPRS For Music and Help Musicians launch coronavirus relief fund (see News)

25 Mar 2020

  • BMG report 10.1% revenue rise for 2019 (see Business)

  • IMPALA's Covid-19 Task Force publishes package of ten recommendations (see News)

24 Mar 2020

  • The Great Escape 2020 has been cancelled (see News)