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UK technology organisation seeking input

test 20 October 2009

UK: The government-backed Technology Strategy Board wants "music businesses" to share their thoughts, reports PSN-e. Established to promote innovation in technology, the Board would like companies and individuals to suggest thoughts with regard to maximising "the impact of future funding programmes to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of digital innovation in the creative sector".

Anyone wishing to contribute should visit the dedicated website (link below) to find out more. The site also contains details of a related live online seminar, ‘Digital Horizons: Commercialising Innovation’, on November 2.

The new initiative follows the recent publication by the Technology Strategy Board of The Creative Industries Strategy 09, which identifies areas where emerging technologies and business models will have the most significant impact and outlines how funding might be spent.

"We’ve worked with around 100 key organisations and industry leaders from the creative sector to write the report and identify which areas we should focus on for the highest returns to the UK creative economy," said Jeremy Silver (pictured), the Technology Strategy Board’s lead specialist in creative industries. "Now we want to hear from those working in the music sector on how best we can work towards meeting these priorities, which will have a direct impact on where future funding goes to achieve the biggest impact.

"With the creative sector contributing a Gross Value Added figure of 6.4% to the UK economy and direct employment to around 1.15m people, it is important we really make the most of this opportunity to ensure, protect and grow the future profitability and competiveness of the industry."

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