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Record label visits schools to combat piracy

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 May 2011 19:27 User comments (8)

Record label visits schools to combat piracy Independent label in the UK visits schools to educate kids about the work that goes into making music, and how illegal downloading threatens the whole system.
Shed Records, an independent record label in London, is visiting schools and allowing children to use some of its equipment to put together their own music tracks. The aim is to teach the students how much work goes into making just one track, and how many people have to be paid for their part in the process.

The effort is being backed by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents the recorded music industry in the UK.

They want the children to understand that it is not just artists who lose out to piracy. "A whole army of people work behind the scenes to bring you new, fresh music," said Paul Shedden, Head of Label at Shed Records.

"Everything from the songwriters through to production, artists, engineers, radio pluggers, PR companies all those people need to get paid. Otherwise they can't continue doing the jobs they love and the music you love will stop coming out."

Currently, the scheme is targeting five schools as a trial, and if successful, the plan is to extend nationally, with other labels around the country providing similar sessions in schools.

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8 user comments

126.5.2011 20:07

This isn't such a bad thing... provided they don't preach the whole "Piracy will ruin your life, they'll get you" thing that was so popular a few years back.

226.5.2011 20:10

Too bad it's not coming to my school, I'd give them a full lesson in intellectual property and economics.

326.5.2011 23:06

I don't think the teacher would give you a chance; she would tell you to sit down and take your brainwa...er..um..lesson.



427.5.2011 0:34

Quote:
Shed Records, an independent record label in London, is visiting schools and allowing children to use some of its equipment to put together their own music tracks.

For the sake of realism, I assume the children are expected to sue their fellow classmates, teachers and of course the visiting labels if they don't pay to view the performance of their created music, yes?

527.5.2011 12:32

Need I remind people that "stealing" is the act of 'removing from another'?

Do I also need to point out the blatant, well-known and brutally honest fact that artists don't make any money (very little I should say) from "Record Sales"? Money is made touring by charging $34.95 for a t-shirt and $49.95 for a sweatshirt. Artists know this so PISS OFF labels!

629.5.2011 14:06

Originally posted by hearme0:
Need I remind people that "stealing" is the act of 'removing from another'?

Do I also need to point out the blatant, well-known and brutally honest fact that artists don't make any money (very little I should say) from "Record Sales"? Money is made touring by charging $34.95 for a t-shirt and $49.95 for a sweatshirt. Artists know this so PISS OFF labels!
Here, Here!!!

I have written so many times of this fact my fingers are nubs!

I've worked in the industry (music & movie) & once you get your check at the end of the day, you've been paid, that's it. And the wage is not what you'd think it was. Artists go in thinking they're going to get respect and that simply isn't the case (not 1st timers). Desperation is a horrible thing. I suppose I'll have to write a whole blog on 'just' the music labels (at least what it 'was' like) and give folks a glimpse into reality.

Sure performing is great, but as to getting paid...? Here's a quick way of looking at it...

EVERYBODY loves art... Music, movies, photos, presentations of several calibers; until they have to pay for it.

74.6.2011 11:02

....and then they asked the children "Where does your Mom and Pop get their music? Let me write that down, could you repeat that please."

84.6.2011 12:40

Check out my most recent blog. Visit my personal page for the site. Apparently, my signature is being blocked...

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