UK: The Music Producers Guild (MPG) has launched a new website, writes David Davies. Designed to make it easier for artists, artist managers and record company A&R personnel to identify the right producer or engineer for a given project, the site includes a versatile search facility, an audio player for showcasing work, and a blog section (dubbed 'The Vocal Booth') that enables members to air their concerns about pressing technical, business or industry issues.
Other features of the radically-overhauled site include a knowledge base with examples of standard contracts, a regularly-updated news section, topic-related blogging threads and useful industry links.
"The site is really the hub of everything that the organisation does," says Mick Glossop, an MPG board member and a prime mover behind the revamped site. "Essentially, it's all about promoting communication. The problem with producers is that they don't work with other producers - they tend to work in isolation. One of the main functions of the MPG is to bring people together, either physically through events or social situations, or online with this site."
On the events side, Glossop reveals that the MPG is planning to mark the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Joe Meek, the British producer and songwriter arguably best-known for his work with The Tornados and Lonnie Donegan. A series of talks by distinguished producers and engineers "with great stories to tell" is also a possibility.
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