Workshop: Music Publishing, copyright and business models

One-day Workshop

Thursday 4 June 2015

Music publishing is an old established industry that has adapted to successive technological and institutional changes, especially to copyright law, by adopting different strategies and business models. The workshop explores how music publishing has evolved in the long run, and what historical and economic factors can explain its adaptations to the changing technological and institutional environment. In this respect, the history of music publishing becomes an exemplary case study that is relevant to understand the future of creative industries in the digital age.

The Workshop is being organized in connection with the AHRC funded research project ‘Economic Survival in a Long Established Creative Industry: Strategies, Business Models and Copyright in Music Publishing’. The purpose of the Workshop is to present the results of the research carried out so far and to discuss them with people from the relevant creative industries in order to determine the future development of the project.


10.30 Welcome and Introduction to the aims and methods of the research project (Ruth Towse)

10.45 Maurizio Borghi (CIPPM) Brief history of copyright in music publishing

11.15 Fiona Macmillan (Birckbeck, University of London) and Jose Bellido (University of Kent):  Novello and Boosey: Music Copyright and the PRS

12.15 Laura Forti (Bocconi University, Milan): Sull’ali dorate. History and geography of Verdi’s earnings

13.15 Lunch

14.30 Hyojung Sun (CIPPM and University of Edimburgh) Impacts of changes in technology on music consumption

15 00 Ruth Towse (CIPPM and CREATe, University of Glasgow) Strategies, business models and copyright in UK publishing in the 20th century

16.00 Tea

16.15  Panel discussion: What can music publishing learn from its history? Chair: Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary, University of London). Participants: Graham Davies (PRS for Music), Harriet Finney (Music Publishers Association) and Nathalie Du Bois (6 Degrees Entertainment Group).

17.30 Wrap up and implications for further research

17.45 Drinks


The workshop will take place at the Executive Business Centre of Bournemouth University (close to Bournemouth train station).

Room 306 (3rd floor)

Further information and queries

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