BPI provides a forum where all those interested in the future of the record business can come together. If you want to learn from others, meet colleagues in the business and to help to shape the future of the business, you should get involved.
BPI provides members with a comprehensive range of services and benefits, including:
BPI’s in-house Anti-Piracy Unit (APU) specialises in the investigation of music piracy, both physical and digital, which costs your industry more than £300m in revenues each year. Our Regional Investigators based throughout the UK work with our expert Forensics Office to assist Trading Standards and the Police to take action against organised crime gangs profiting at the expense of the industry through the sale of counterfeit CDs, DVDs, and music merchandise to the general public. In 2012, we’ve assisted in the closure of one of the worst markets for fake goods in the UK and have helped with criminal prosecutions to curb this type of activity.
Our remit extends to the online world where the internet investigations team is working to block infringing sites such as The Pirate Bay, to cut off revenue to unauthorised services through partnerships with advertisers and payment providers, and identify innovative ways of reducing piracy. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has seconded a leading expert to the BPI’s Anti-Piracy Unit. This appointment is the first secondment by NFIB into private industry, enabling City of London Police to develop a greater understanding of the illegal distribution and sale of music online by organised crime gangs.
BPI works on behalf of its members to ensure that the views of British record labels are heard in Parliament, across key Government departments and a wide range of political and industry stakeholders. In recent times we have successfully secured an extension of copyright term to 70 years – bringing UK musicians closer in line with their US counterparts – and driven forward the Digital Economy Act to reduce filesharing by 70%. We are currently lobbying Government for tax incentives for investment in British music, joint cooperation on explicit music content, and access to finance to assist SMEs with taking on apprentices and interns.
Joint GS1 UK and BPI Agreement
BPI and GS1 UK are working together to make it easier for you to get your music into the stores, online and onto the charts, whilst ensuring you receive the royalties you deserve. The agreement reduces the cost of releasing music and aims to reduce illegal reproduction and distribution of music.
BPI ensures that its members are active at national and international trade events, enabling them to raise their profile and expand their operations into new markets. BPI has run trade missions to LA, Tokyo, Australia and different European regions each year, while offering discounted rates to members who wish to attend midem, SXSW and other international music conferences.
BPI’s Innovation Panel is helping to accelerate the development of the UK’s legal digital music market. BPI offers support to both new and established digital music service operators – by sharing consumer research, helping to identify and value unfulfilled market opportunities and providing a unified forum for dialogue with labels on service design and market strategies.
BPI provides a forum where members can get to know and share knowledge and experience with other labels which face similar issues, and meet labels who may be potential business partners. It is also a forum where the key issues facing record labels are discussed and joint action agreed.
BPI offers a wide range legal advice and counsel to its members, including standard agreements with other music industry bodies such as PPL/VPL, the Musicians’ Union and PRS For Music. This simplifies commercial agreements for our members making it easier for them to get on with daily business.
BPI publishes monthly reports for its members, in addition to bespoke and targeted reports covering specific areas of the market - including sales by type of music and by artist nationality, analysis of the success of British artists in overseas territories, and the value of growth sectors such as synchronisation and licensing. The department also provides research and statistics on the economic performance of the industry in terms of overseas earnings, employment and investment in A&R and detailed reports on the scale and impact of illegal downloading. The BPI's Annual Yearbook - the definitive guide to the development of the British record business - is free of charge to all members.
Training and Education
BPI hosts a variety of regular member events, business seminars and training courses, enabling members to stay up to date with rapid changes taking place in the music market and the broader legal and technological environment in which it operates. These are normally free to members.
BPI facilitates generous registration discounts and travel grants for attendance at international trade fairs and many other domestic industry events like The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City.
BPI presents Certified Awards, highlighting the success of British Record labels and the artists they represent. Certified Awards are presented for shipments of 60,000 (silver), 100,000 (gold) and 300,000 (platinum) albums, in addition to schemes for the singles and Music DVD markets.
BPI represents the industry in the media and plays a key role in driving and supporting initiatives that inform and educate consumers about the value and importance of music, alongside raising awareness of legal digital music services and the issues surrounding illegal downloading.