Vic Galloway on SXSW

Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).

Digital album sales soar

Sales of download albums doubled last year with digital music now making up a third of total revenues, the BPI has confirmed.

SXSW 2012

PRS for Music will once again be going to SXSW and are involved in several activities, including two panels and a showcase at the British Music Embassy.

UK artist albums on 15-year high

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) say that British artists accounted for 52.7% of the overall UK artist album market – a 15-year high and up from 2010’s tally of 48.9%. The figures come from the BPI's analysis of data from the Official Charts Company.

US Sync Licensing Trade Mission

The 2012 BPI/MPA US Sync Licensing Mission to Los Angeles in association with UK Trade & Investment will run from Tuesday 24 April to Thursday 26 April. The opportunity is open only to UK music companies.

midem 2012

For the ninth year running AIM, BPI, MPA, PPL, PRS for Music, Small Green Shoots, the Welsh Music Foundation and UK Trade & Investment have joined forces to host the British Music at midem stand, and will be on hand to assist scores of UK music companies.

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.…

The Know How – free seminars

The Know How, an annual series of free music industry seminars in the North-East of England takes place between 23-26 May. All the seminars take place between 6pm - 8pm.

Adele matches Beatles record

Buoyed by her performance at the BRIT Awards last week, Adele has two top-five albums and top-five singles in the charts at the same time, matching a record only held by The Beatles. Adele’s single Someone You Like beat Lady Gaga and Rihanna to the top of the singles chart yesterday, while Rolling In The Deep moved up from number five to four.