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Fairness and transparency needed on music fees, Brigid Simmonds tells MPs


Brigid Simmonds has called for an extended voluntary code over the collection of fees for recorded music. The BBPA Chief Executive presented her views at a panel organised by Consumer Focus and PICTFOR (the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum) chaired by Eric Joyce MP in Portcullis House in Parliament yesterday evening, to discuss the Hargreaves recommendations to establish minimum standards for collecting societies.

Ms Simmonds said she wanted more openness and transparency in tariff negotiations, and said that collecting societies must use a sound evidence base to support any proposed increases in tariffs. The BBPA strongly supports a requirement for collecting societies to adopt voluntary codes of practice, with minimum standards along the lines envisaged in the Hargreaves Review.

The BBPA has a strong track record in defending the interests of pubs over such fees. It is currently working with other industry bodies to tackle proposals from PPL for huge fee rises in its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) Tariff, which covers the playing of music at discos in pubs and nightclubs.

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“I welcome the proposals in the Hargreaves Review for codes of conduct containing minimum standards to govern collecting societies. We support collective licensing but believe that the inevitable monopolies that result do need greater controls.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs


Community, Culture & Tourism, Regulation, Pubs

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