UK: More than 60 record producer managers took part in a workshop entitled 'Resurrecting the Music Producer' last month, writes David Davies. Industry figures from the UK and USA met at the London offices of the PRS for Music to take part in an event that was convened by the Music Managers Forum's Producer Managers Group (PMG).
Mike Howlett (MPG), Feargal Sharkey (UK Music), Patrick Rackow (British Academy) and Maureen Droney (Recording Academy/Grammys) were among the major names contributing to the four-hour summit, which analysed the current lot of the record producer. Issues under the spotlight included standard producer agreements and new revenue-generating models now assuming greater prominence in the recording industry.
Leading the session was Stephen Budd (Stephen Budd Management), who tells PSN-e that the workshop was "extraordinarily productive. I have got an overwhelming response from people - [as demonstrated by] nearly 40 emails from people who were there offering positive comments."
Responses from the session are now being collated into a "digestible format" and will be published on a Wiki site shortly. Beyond that, there are plans for a series of issue-specific workshops, some of which will be run in conjunction with the MPG.
Meanwhile, acclaim continues to roll in for the inaugural MPG Awards, which took place on Thursday February 12th and saw honours for Bernard Butler, Brian Eno and James Towler, among many others. To read PSN-e's account, click here.