Knowledge Bank

news category created 12 January 2014 written by Dan Cox

What is ‘Credit Where Credit Is Due’?

Who played bass on track eight of the latest Adele album?
Where was the most recent Incubus album recorded?
When was the last time you looked at the credits on an album?

If you own one of the billions of songs that have been downloaded from iTunes or any other digital store, you may or may not have realised, that there is no way of knowing the answer to any of these questions.
In fact, there is no information relating to the recording, musicians, equipment, publishing or thank you’s on any legitimate MP3. Actively crediting contributor’s inspiration and hard work is standard across all forms of the creative spectrum from movies to art galleries.
Why has the collective music business let this slide?

Smart phones have technology that can help you find your car, keep tabs on your bank balance or check how straight your shelves are.
Yet we don’t know the name of the musician shredding the guitar solo you happen to be listening to.

The directors of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) feel this issue should be debated out in the open with a view to garnering the opinions of all those involved;
artists, labels, producers, publishers and audience alike.


Credit information needs to be incorporated into the listening experience and made accessible for those that wish to know it, need it, account to it and, most importantly, be inspired by it.

We should be proud of the work we do and ensure our names are proudly attached to that work.
If we’re not, who will be?”