Women in music – Paulette Long calls for change

Although there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of female artists pressing their way into the music industry, as soon as you move along the chain to look at songwriters, the picture changes to show a more testosterone filled image.

Call for UK music envoys to Japan

Industry body UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has teamed up with the Music Publishers Association and BPI for the eighth annual trade mission to Japan, and is inviting applicants to join the party. The trade mission will provide attendees with direct insight into the world’s second largest music market and will offer UK businesses the opportunity to formally present their repertoire to key decision-makers in Tokyo.…

Mumford and Sons secret Glastonbury gig

Glastonbury institution the Strummerville Campfire Sessions will play host to a show by folk-pop troupe Mumford and Sons today, organisers can reveal. Mumford and Sons sold more than a million copies of debut album Sigh No More through Island Records, but worked with the Strummerville charity at the start of their career.

Cyril Ornadel 1924 – 2011

Respected British composer, songwriter and conductor Cyril Ornadel has passed away in his adopted country of Israel. A musical director turned composer, he was best known for the love songs If I Ruled the World and Portrait of my Love, which became hit for Matt Munro in 1960.…

Toy Horses acoustic session

M was lucky enough to have Toy Horses perform two fantastic acoustic versions of their songs - Interrupt and Last Chance. when they popped in for a chat.

Toy Horses interview

Toy Horses are Adam D. Franklin and Tom Williams. The duo hail from Wales and write songs which have that quintessential British pop sound.

The BT Digital Music Awards

PRS for Music are proud to endorse the BT Digital Music Awards. The BT Digital Music awards are dedicated to digital music entertainment, with industry professionals encouraged to nominate themselves in a whole host of categories.

What next for Paul Mealor?

Welsh composer Paul Mealor, 35, hit the headlines when his choral piece Ubi Caritas debuted at the Royal Wedding, cementing Paul’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading composers. He talks to M about the ensuing media whirlwind, reveals what it is like to be a young composer in Britain today, and offers some advice for up-and-coming talent.