Jerry Ragovoy 1930 – 2011

Jerry Ragovoy, the soul songwriter responsible for some of the world's best-loved songs has died aged 80 following a stroke.

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.…