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news category created 15 April 2014 written by Mick Glossop

Q-Time 3

The Music Producers Guild has cemented its reputation for providing events which tackle topical issues in the music industry, in particluar those which affect record producers and recording artists, with the third event in the series entitled “Q-Time” on April 8th, 2013..

It is loosely based upon the BBC’s immensely popular Question Time programme and follows the same format; questions, submitted in advance, are presented to the selected panel, but not revealed until the event itself, thus ensuring a certain spontaneity and a level playing field. Slick, pre-prepared answers and detailed research are eschewed and the panellists are relied upon to provide insights into their own extensive experience in the music industry.

The aim is to inspire a lively and frank debate which will inform and stimulate the audience, whose participation is crucial to the dialogue.

Upwards of 70 people attended the recent event, held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. The panel, moderated by MPG chairman, Steve Levine, featured Helienne Lindvall (award-winning Guardian journalist and singer-songwriter), Will Page (Director of Economics at Spotify), Tim Clement-Jones (Liberal-Democrat peer and spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords ), Ben Mandelson (musician, producer) and Jo Dipple (CEO of UK Music).

Given the make-up of the panel, it was not surpirsing that the discussions followed a certain theme, stimulated by questions concerned with payments for and accountability of music streraming services and their role in compensating for falling sales of recorded music, the ability of the industry to support producers whose income depends upon royalty payments, the power of Google, and the Live Music Act.

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(photography: Grace Lightman)